The Flemish will travel the world this year and next year with the Cervantes Institute through a congress about this art, with a program to treat yourself to your ears, eyes and also your mind in a particularly difficult moment due to the coronavirus.
When presenting the World Flamenco Congress at a press conference in Madrid this Monday, the director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero, highlighted the importance of a “fundamental discipline” in Spanish society that he described as “high culture”.
In times of “networks, haste and manipulations,” it is about looking for “something that goes beyond lies and conjunctures,” said the director of the Cervantes Institute, the entity that sponsors the event as part of the events of the thirtieth anniversary of an institution. culture that promotes Spanish throughout the world.
Five will be the axes that will be developed in this Flamenco Congress, one per continent where the institution is present. A) Yes, in South America they will talk about emotion and if the ‘amateur’ artist loses it by becoming professional. Among all the activities, García Montero highlighted the tribute that will be held in Buenos Aires to Enrique Morente as one of the first singers who was interested in cultured poetry and in dialogue with flamenco.
“The first time I heard a poet in the voice of a flamenco was with him, who did an extraordinary job with Miguel Hernández. It was a discovery. That poetry has given us glory and we are giving it back“said the cantaora Carmen Linares, who participated in the presentation together with her colleagues Marina Heredia and Arcángel. During the congress, in North America the division between pure and adulterated flamenco will be discussed and, from there, they will talk about the diversity.
In the Cervantes centers in Africa, cradle of Arabic and where the event will begin, will reflect on how the cultural elite legitimized flamenco through the Cante Jondo Contest, promoted in 1922 by the musician Manuel de Falla and the poet Federico García Lorca.
In Asia activities will focus on the idea of flamenco “as an exotic and mysterious art” and in the movement of the body.
During the presentation, the director of the Cervantes highlighted how “poets were the first to attend to flamenco”, beginning with Melchor de Palau in the 19th century in his search for a path to lyricism through popular heritage. He was followed by others such as Juan Ramón Jiménez, Antonio Machado, Rafael Alberti or Federico García Lorca, “knowing that the true identity of a culture was in its town,” added the poet García Montero.
As curators of the event, the programmer Miguel Marín, president of the Association of Flamenco Festivals, and the cantaora Rocío Márquez spoke about an offer that will go beyond shows and activities. According to Márquez, the purpose of programming is not so much to review history, but create “a space for dialogue and debate where a battery of questions are posed that do not have correct answers, without decalogues or canons, but a reflection of all the prejudices that we bring “.
“It is not only about projecting outwards, but about communicating with each other, creating a bond, because only from the union are we going to make a crisis like this remain a vague memory and even come out stronger,” he said.