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The annual Flamenco Festival London 2011 at Sadler’s Wells begins on Tuesday 8 February 2011 with the flamenco singer Estrella Morente ‘In Concert’.

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On Wednesday 9 February 2011 Israel Galván presents his show La Edad de Oro, performing with flamenco singer David Lagos and guitarist Alfredo Lagos. In this intimate show our full attention is focused on flamenco artistry without the distraction of extraneous set decoration. 

On Thursday 10 February 2011 the flamenco singer Miguel Poveda can be heard in recital.

On the same evening flamenco dancer Mercedes Ruíz will perform in the intimate setting of the Lilian Baylis Studio, presenting her show called Baile de Palabra.

From Friday until Sunday 11–13 February 2011 the Compañía Aída Gómez will present Carmen. The production uses a combination of music from the opera by Georges Bizet with additional music composed by José Antonio Rodríguez. The work was premièred at the Festival de Jerez in March 2006 to great critical acclaim. 

On Tuesday 15 February 2011 the Compañía Rocio Molina will present Molina’s latest production, Cuando las Piedras Vuelan. All of the performers at this year’s Flamenco Festival London are outstanding; I say this without exception. It remains only to mention that the outstanding dancer Rocio Molina is still only 26 years old. 

On Wednesday 16 February 2011 the flamenco guitarist Tomatito will present Luz de Guía, which he premièred at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, during the Seville Bienal de Flamenco in September 2010. 

From Thursday until Saturday 17–19 February 2011 Ballet Flamenco Eva Yerbabuena present Cuando Yo Era. Eva Yerbabuena has brought many of her unforgettable shows to Flamenco Festival London. 

For tickets, visit the Sadler’s Wells website

The Instituto Cervantes in London always runs events in parallel with the Flamenco Festival London, which I look forward to as well. In the past they have hosted interviews with Cristina Hoyos, Eva Yerbabuena and Mario Maya; each event indelibly etched on my memory.

This year’s events will be just as special and those who have been following my Flamenco Film Night on Fridays will understand my enthusiasm: for four evenings, and what is more, on Fridays in February at 5.30pm, the Instituto Cervantes will present a series – Cine y Flamenco (Cinema and Flamenco): 

4 February Morente Sueña La Alhambra, directed by José Sánchez-Montes (2005, 90 min)

11 FebruaryLa Leyenda del Tiempo, directed by Isaki Lacuesta (2006, 115 min)

18 February Salomé, directed by Carlos Saura (2002, 86 min)

25 February La Carmen, directed by Julio Diamante (1975, 103 min)

Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, London SW1 W9AN. Tel. 020 7235 0353. For more details, see the Instituto Cervantes website

© 2011 Thérèse Wassily Saba