|It is claimed that Jerez is the true "home" of flamenco.|
HOME OF FLAMENCO?
One of the curious things about Jerez, is that alongside the wealthy (though less so lately) equestrian sherry barons (see Facts III and IV), there is a vibrant flamenco tradition - two very different aspects of Andalucian culture. Jerez's gypsy quarter, Santiago, is home to many local artists (the legendary singer Lola Flores was from here, as well as Jose Merce); indeed, some claim that Jerez is the true "home" of flamenco. At the Fundacion Andaluz of Flamenco, the art is studied, promoted and performed, with conferences and exhibitions, as well as the annual Festival de Flamenco, in late February/early March. Try to catch some spontaneous flamenco at a peña (club).