Back to the future flamenco

2020 and 2021 were two strange years and since the 24th of February, when the Russian invasion on Ukraine began, 2022 doesn’t have a better outlook either.

Looking back to 2020-2021 and the COVID-19 crisis, it is not an exaggeration to say that for two years we were all playing for survival, with priorities hugely changing. As part of this shift, I, for example, got distanced from the blog and as there was not too much happening anyway, I have not posted in 2021. As the world reopens again after the coronavirus restrictions, I will continue writing the blog, advocating for art, culture, and flamenco of course.

As you probably all know, art and culture were massively impacted by both global and local restrictions over the past two years. Even when the world temporarily opened up between lockdowns and football matches resumed and hairdressers opened, museums, theatres and cultural venues stayed closed in many countries.

Art and culture are organic part of our lives. They not only make life more beautiful but I dare say, there is no meaningful life without them. In our current societies, neither art nor culture are given the financial value they deserve, therefore I see it absolutely necessary to support them and ensure artists and everyone vinculated to these industries are represented, and their way of living is secured.

So after my brief manifesto, I would like to start the 2022 blogging with a celebration. A celebration of an anniversary that was hardly commemorated. A major milestone in the history of flamenco that needs celebrating!

In November 2020, it’s been 10 years that UNESCO declared flamenco part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 10 years may seem short or long, it is important to recognise what the UNESCO announced in 2010: this art form is part of the world’s cultural heritage. Therefore, me adding, it needs to be looked after, it needs to be appreciated, it needs to be remembered and it needs to be enjoyed!

My message today is:

Let’s get back to theatres, shows (and blogs) to enjoy the magic of live performance again!

Some program recommendations coming soon.

3 thoughts on “2022

  1. Viktoria, Are you aware of the books written by Paco Sevilla? He is a highly regarded American flamenco guitarist, teacher and flamencologists from San Diego, California. He wrote “Paco de Lucia, A New Tradition for the Flamenco Guitar”, “Queen of the Gypsies, The Life and Legend of Carmen Amaya” and “Seeking Silverio, The Birth of Flamenco”. He also published and edited the International Flamenco magazine “Jaleo” for 10 years in the late 1990s.

    My name is Chris Stanley and I am Paco’s brother. Unfortunately, Paco passed away last year. I am not involved in flamenco as a performer, but as a huge fan of the music and cultural significance of flamenco. In Paco’s belongings were several boxes of new editions of his books that he self-published. They are fabulous books self-published between 1995 and 2007 and were in high demand initially, but did not get promoted quite like they might have been in this age of social media.

    I have been doing my best to get the books out of boxes and into the hands of flamenco enthusiasts. I have no interest in trying to sell them but would be happy to send you copies, if you are interested. If you provide me a mailing address, I will send them to you, with no expectations other than seeing them in the hands of flamenco lovers like yourself.

    All the best, Chris Stanley

    On Wed, Mar 16, 2022 at 4:01 AM Fascinating Flamenco wrote:

    > Viktoria Hadarits posted: ” Back to the future flamenco 2020 and 2021 were > two strange years and since the 24th of February, when the Russian invasion > on Ukraine began, 2022 doesn’t have a better outlook either. Looking back > to 2020-2021and the COVID-19 crisis, it is not ” >


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