Gipsy rhythms at the Flamenco Festival

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The renowned flamenco dancer, Anita Loynaz.

The renowned flamenco dancer, Anita Loynaz.

The Gaitan Brothers and the Anita Loynaz Dance Academy have teamed up to bring to Panama the country’s first ever Flamenco Festival from July 24 – 27 at the National Theater in Casco Antiguo, with shows starting at 8 p.m.

This is the first event dedicated to promoting the dance culture, play and singing of flamenco in Panama and America and aims to promote its artists and its music outside the Spanish borders offering the public the best of the national and international flamenco.

Performing will be Anita Loynaz and Carmen Garza from Venezuela; Carolina Zanforlin from Brazil; Triana Maciel from Mexico and Irene Gontan and Farruquito from Spain. Farruquito, of the legendary Los Farruco dynasty of performers, is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest flamenco dancers in the world.

The program will present traditional and innovative versions of the dance and show how flamenco has evolved while staying grounded in its roots. The festival is not limited to shows, and will also include educational activities such as conferences and classes for all levels of abilities and interests. For instance, a guitar, singing and percussion class will be presented as well as a flamenco fashion show, which will take place at Multiplaza Mall.

Different packages to the event can be purchased with costs varying depending on which activities one wishes to take part in. For all the details, visit Ffpty.com.

Flamenco is a type of Spanish folk expression that involves song and dance. It originated from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain and is often associated with the Romani people, also known as Gitanos. It is characterized by cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps).

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