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Annual Celebration of Spanish Arts & Culture Returns to Downtown Phoenix

March 1, 2015
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Phoenix Center for the Arts and Flamenco Por La Vida are proud to present the second annual Phoenix Festival de España, a celebration of Spanish Arts and Culture, March 21 & 22, 2015.

Phoenix Festival de España, sponsored in part by APS, will take place in the heart of the Downtown Phoenix art scene at Phoenix Center for the Arts (1202 N 3rd Street) and will feature Flamenco workshops for youth and adults, delicious Spanish food, culinary demonstrations, presentations on Spanish culture, live performances, and more!

Dance and music groups from throughout the Valley will perform in 30-minute intervals throughout the day on the festival’s outdoor stage. Local and nationally-acclaimed Spanish historians, scholars, and curators will present lectures and workshops with a Spanish flavor. The Festival will also feature art exhibits, costumes, jewelry, and a beer and wine garden. Admission is FREE for the whole family.

In addition to the fantastic dance and music performances outside all weekend long, Sunday’s festivities will include a screening of the documentary “Flamenco Flamenco” by Carlos Saura at 2pm in the Phoenix Center for the Arts Third Street Theater. Festivalgoers are encouraged to stay into the night for a very special closing flamenco performance, “Luz De Dia,” also taking place in the Third Street Theater at 6pm.

“Luz De Dia” features internationally acclaimed guitarist, Misael Barraza Diaz, with special guest from Madrid, international flamenco star, Nino De Los Reyes. Ensemble includes Macarena Giraldez, Olivia Rojas, Jason Martinez, Mele Martinez, and Angelina Ramirez. Tickets are required for entry to both “Flamenco Flamenco” ($10) and “Luz De Dia” ($15). Those wishing to attend both events, can purchase a combo ticket for $20.

Additional sponsors include Otro Café, Crescent Ballroom, Jobot, Monica Robles Art + Design, Northwestern Mutual, PAZ, Arizona Commission on the Arts, ACEAZ, and the City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department.

For an updated list of performers, presenters and workshops, please visit www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org.

Event Facts
Event: Phoenix Festival de España
Dates/Times: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 12-6pm & Sunday, March 22, 2015, 12-8pm
Admission: FREE
Anticipated Attendance: 2,000
Where: Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004
Parking/Transportation: Limited street parking available. Avoid the hassle and take METRO Light Rail to the McDowell/Central Ave or Roosevelt/Central Ave. Bike racks are also available. Parking is also available in the Phoenix Center for the Arts parking lot (enter from 3rd Street).
Presenting Organization: Phoenix Center for the Arts and Flamenco Por La Vida
Supported By
: APS, City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department, Otro Café, Crescent Ballroom, Jobot, Monica Robles Art + Design, Northwestern Mutual, PAZ, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and ACEAZ
Information: info@phoenixcenterforthearts.org or 602-254-3100

About Phoenix Center for the Arts
Phoenix Center for the Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, providing the community with the opportunities to participate in the visual and performing arts through creative and affordable quality programming, events, and education for adults, youth, and families. The Center now offers online registration for classes year round.
Info: www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org

About Flamenco Por La Vida
Flamenco Por La Vida provides the community authenticity of Music, Song and Life through Andalucia, the historic art form which originated in the South of Spain. FPLV made their debut in 2009 at Tucson’s First Flamenco and Spanish Festival. In Phoenix the community has continued to support FPLV at a weekly show at Gallo Blanco Cafe & Bar. Classes are offered Valley-wide and annual auditions are held to support those interested in gaining performance experience and launching careers. From casual “fiesta” improvisational styling to Solo and Group choreography, FPLV’s mission is to teach everything from the neutral aspects of Spanish life to the hardcore expression of authentic gypsy power. “There is something in it for EVERYONE.”
Info: www.flamencoporlavida.com

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