'Festival Flamenco Gitano USA 2012 in San Francisco

'Festival Flamenco Gitano USA 2012 in San Francisco

The Festival presents some of the most important figures in the history of flamenco as well as prodigies from today’s generation of artists.

In recent years, the San Francisco Bay Area has become a major U.S. conduit for Spain’s greatest flamenco artists. […] There’s really a vibrant scene here and Nina Menéndez has become a major force [as] the producer of the Bay Area Flamenco Festival.

—NPR, The California Report

The 7th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival: Festival Flamenco Gitano USA will feature world-class artists from Spain, including the world premiere of the Gypsy flamenco all-star ensemble Fiesta Jerez, and the anticipated U.S. premiere of El Carpeta —the 14-year-old prodigy of the legendary Farruco Family— who will appear with clan matriarch, La Farruca.

The opening night will feature a concert by guitarist Diego del Morao. There will also be a series of workshops and master classes, and for the first time this year, the Festival will present Flamenco on Film, featuring the San Francisco premiere of Spanish director Carlos Saura’s 2010 Flamenco, Flamenco.

Diego del Morao
21st Century Gypsy Flamenco Guitar.
On Wednesday, September 26 at 8pm at Yoshi’s Oakland.
One of the most sought-after guitarists on today’s scene, he is known for his work with artists such as Diego el Cigala, José Mercé and Niña Pastori. Even Paco de Lucía made a cameo appearance on his recent solo release Orate (2010, Cigala Music). He is the son of the legendary guitarist "Moraíto," who along with his uncle Manuel Morao, developed the signature sound of traditional Jerez-style flamenco guitar. Diego del Morao takes that legacy into the 21st century. A visionary —Manolo Sanlucar.
¡Fiesta Jerez! Gypsy Flamenco All-Stars
A 12-member ensemble from the heart of the Andalusian wine-country.
On Thursday, September 27 at 7pm at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.
A return to the roots, joy and soul of flamenco. This concert, intimate, immediate, impassioned, feels less like a stage production and more like an invitation to a Gypsy family celebration in Andalucia. This brilliant 12-member, all-star ensemble from the heart of the Andalusian wine-country features artists representing several of the most important Gypsy flamenco dynasties of Jerez, including singer/dancer Juana la del Pipa, singer Enrique el Zambo, singer/dancer Kina Mendez, and dancer Gema Moneo, a rising star in flamenco.
Farruco Family: La Farruca & El Carpeta
On Sunday, September 30 at 7pm at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.
The U.S. debut of the 14-year-old prodigy El Carpeta, and return of matriarch La Farruca /mdash;both of the legendary Los Farruco dynasty, the first family of Gypsy flamenco dance. As La Farruca is acclaimed for her elegance, her son "El Carpeta" is becoming known as the most extraordinary flamenco dancer of his generation and torchbearer for the family legacy. The youngest brother of Farruquito, he’s been teaching master classes since the age of six!

The Bay Area Flamenco Festival is recognized as one of the most vibrant flamenco festivals in the United States, featuring authentic, world-renowned flamenco talent from Spain. Founded in 2005, the Festival has grown into a popular and vital annual Bay Area cultural event drawing over 3000 world music and dance enthusiasts.

Buy tickets for all Festival performances and workshops online or call (800) 838-3006. Check out the Festival's full schedule.

  • Performing arts
  • San Francisco
  • Sep 24, 2012Sep 30, 2012


Various venues



More information

Festival's website


Presented by 7th Bay Area Flamenco Festival in collaboration with presenters in other major cities, all of whom have a strong track record in the field of flamenco dance, such as the World Music Institute in New York City and Kala Koa Entertainment in Los Angeles.