Granada Music Festival
For more than half a century this amazing festival of international music and dance has brought some of the world’s best musicians and dance performers to Granada bringing the city’s top venues to life.
Symphonic orchestras take over the Carlos V Palace; Spanish and modern dance as well as ballet performances are held in the Generalife gardens and recitals take place in the Alhambra’s Arrayanes Patio. Concerts are also held in churches and other monumental buildings throughout Granada and flamenco shows in the Albaicín and Sacromonte neighbourhoods liven up the nights following the festival’s scheduled performances.
This annual festival offers visitors the chance to see Granada transform itself into an endless stage graced by ancient music, chamber and symphony performances and local flamenco.
The International Music and Dance Festival of Granada has its roots in a Cante Jondo flamenco singing contest that was held at the Carlos V Palace beginning in 1883. In 1922 the contest was held at the Alhambra Aljibes and Federico García Lorca attended along with other prestigious Spaniards including Manuel de Falla and Ramón Gómez de la Serna. The festival as we know it today was inaugurated in 1952 and since then has grown into one of the most important music festivals in Spain.
To give you an idea of the line up - 2011 marked the 60th anniversary edition of the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada, and the following artists performed in the concert:
- Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
- Ensemble Plus Ultra
- Estrella Morente
- Mis primeras cuatro estaciones
- Bertrand Chamayou
- Andrés Cea
- Alba Ventura
- Víctor Ullate Ballet
- Miriam Gómez-Morán
- Stanislavsky Theatre Ballet and Orchestra
- Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
- Stile Antico
- Rocío Molina
- Arcángel-Accademia del Piacere
- Forma Antiqva
- The Spanish National Ballet
- Musica Reservata de Barcelona
- Staatskapelle Berlin
- KotorArt Trio
- Eva Yerbabuena Flamenco Ballet
Ticket prices ranged from 15 to 60 euros with concerts held both day and night and periodic children’s festivals taking place with special performances designed to captivate the youngest music and dance lovers.
The 69th edition of Granada Festival of Music and Dance in 2020 went ahead from el 25 June to 26 July 2020. A novelty of this edition was the 'Digital Granada Festival' from 28 June to 8 July. It brought together six soloists; guitarist Pepe Romero y Cañizares, singer Rocío Márquez, pianist Javier Perianes, violinist and director Jordi Savall and violinist Fabio Biondi in different locations such as the famous Patio de los Arrayanes (Myrtles) in the Alhambra. These concerts were be streamed live on the festival website and retransmitted by national and international television.