- 16 January 2012 - Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada looking for new Director
- 15 June 2010 - Granada Festival launches 7th edition of its Festival Extension: FEX
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Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada
The Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada is one of the most attractive dates in the European early summer which plunges the city and the visitor into a fiesta atmosphere. It is held in the months of June and July in the palaces of the Alhambra and the most beautiful venues of the city.
The Granada Festival has become widely known for the impressive performance venues and for the presence of the most outstanding performers of the day, together with an attractive inclusion of young artists. It is one of the oldest established Festivals in the world today which every summer becomes a magnificent showcase for the most outstanding orchestras, soloists and artists in the world.
Each year it presents three basic groups of activities:
The Festival has been held annually for 61 years within the historical palaces of the Alhambra and other distinctive monuments of Granada. The program is of the highest quality and consists primarily of classical music, ballet and dance, flamenco and interesting forays into both ancient and contemporary music.
The Fex (Festival Extension) involves the production of free activities around the city and province of Granada. The Fex is a versatile vehicle for all types of innovative cultural experiences: recitals and concerts, films, poetry readings, street entertainment, activities for children and families, open dialogues, exhibitions, sound-landscapes, round-tables and many other artistic expressions.
The International Manuel de Falla Courses have been held uninterruptedly since 1970. All Courses contain elements of theory, practical workshops, lectures, concerts and exhibitions or performances of works produced.
The Granada Festival is committed to underlining the importance of Festivals within the European integration context and its unique cultural formula to generate the conviction that Europe is first and foremost a cultural project.
This festival has been an EFA member since 1955.
Each EFA member manages its own Calendar. In case there is no programme availabable for this year, please visit the festival's own website.
The history of the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada is linked to the Alhambra Palaces, to the landscape and and to the main monuments of the city.
The origin of Granada’s Festival dates back both to the symphonic concerts performed in and since 1883 in the Palace of Charles V during the Corpus Christi Festival, and to the "Cante Jondo" (flamenco singing) Contest organised in 1922 by García Lorca, Falla and other intellectuals and artists of the period.
With the denomination as Festival since 1952, it has grown in popularity and recognition for the extraordinary settings of its concerts and performances, and for its ability to combine in its programmes the presence of great performers of our day with young artists predicted to be the maestros of the future. Images have been seen all over the world of Rubinstein, Victoria de los Ángeles or Andrés Segovia in the most beautiful Arab courtyards of the Alhambra, of Schuricht, Karajan or Celibidache conducting at the Palace of Charles V, of Margot Fonteyn or Nureyev dancing in the Gardens of the Generalife..., but the Festival can also take credit for having welcomed at the outset of their careers promising artists like Teresa Berganza, Lorin Maazel, Antonio, Joaquín Achúcarro, Monserrat Caballé or Zubin Metha among others.
Privileged since 1970 with Her Majesty the Queen of Spain as its President, today’s Festival receives the support of public institutions, and a wide range of sponsors and contributors.
Year after year the Festival is enjoyed by thousands of people in Granada and, through RNE- the Spanish National Radio-and other Euroradio broadcasting stations, by numerous music lovers all over Europe. Together with its more traditionally associated classical repertoire, the Festival also includes flamenco, ancient and contemporary music, world music, interesting exhibitions, as well as its "Cursos Manuel de Falla" which cover higher education in music at a professional level.
More than this, however, and in response to the wide range of offers and suggestions received each year, the Festival continues to grow, presenting new repertoires in unique settings to an increasingly diverse and numerous audience.