It is a common misconception that Barcelona is part of the very Spanish tradition of flamenco. This is not the case. Flamenco originates from the southern region Andalucía’s contact with Arab (North-African) culture. The Catalonian folk music, on the other hand, with its root further north in Europe, could hardly be more different! This doesn’t mean that you can’t experience great flamenco music and dance shows in Barcelona.
There’s a large Andalusian community in the region. Historically, Catalonia has attracted workers to its numerous factories from all over Spain, as it has been the engine of the industrial revolution in the country. This community brought with them some of their most valued culture heritage: flamenco.
Interestingly, though, the newest (and most) sparkling star on the flamenco heavens is Catalan, Rosalía. Not being of Andalusian, or gypsy, origin and mixing the traditional with modern grooves and production, naturally there’s a debate regarding her authenticity. Be that as it may, we see her has a product of a truly creative and productive “mestizo” culture in Barcelona.
So, while visiting the city, why not get up close and personal with the flamenco? You might not be able to catch the much in-demand Rosalia in concert, but there are plenty of opportunities to experience lesser known yet brilliant artists.
If you already are, or become while visiting the city, a real flamenco enthusiast, you might feel the urge to join in the “palmeras” - the hand-clapping and the stomping feet. The wiser move, then, is to join in on some flamenco classes in Barcelona. We offer private classes, from just 24 EUR per person. Learn the steps from a real pro and you will feel the confidence to join in on the exuberance of a flamenco dance.
So, you’ve got you moves down and your dancing shoes on - where next? There’s not a whole lot of clubs or dance-halls dedicated solely to Flamenco in Barcelona, so keep an eye out for listings (Time-out and the like) and flyers announcing nights dedicated to flamenco. One club to recommend, however, is the above mentioned 23 Robadors located in the El Raval neighbourhood of the Old City, at C/Robadors 23. Here you can dig your heels in the floor and clap your hands to the rhythms of “bulerias”, “Sevillanas” and the “fandango”.