Fiesta of the Virgen de la Paloma

The month of August sees a number of fiestas going on around the city. Probably the biggest and most wel known is the Virgen de la Paloma, which has been celebrated since the 18th century. Around ‘old Madrid’ – Plaza de las Vistillas, La Paloma and Toledo streets and the Plaza de la Paja and […]

La Otra Mirada del Flamenco – Flamenco Festival

The flamenco festival La Otra Mirada del Flamenco will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary at the Teatro Pradillo. It has supported comtemporary flamenco artists and projects over the decade and says itself that some of the productions have been quite risky and have broken new ground. For the tenth anniversary they have put together […]

Madrid’s Cultural Summer Programme

Throughout July and right up to August 14th, the Madrid City Council puts on its summer entertainment programme, called Veranos de la Villa, which sees events taking place both indoors and outdoors and cuts across the cultural spectrum. It is a wonderful opportunity to see Spanish culture at its best and the programme includes flamenco, […]

The Barber of Seville at the Teatro Real

Rossini’s Opera, the Barber of Seville, opens today at Madrid’s Teatro Real. Under the musical directorship of Gianluigi Gelmetti the opera will run until the 29th January and is being staged by the Teatro Real company in association with Teatro São Carlos from Lisbon. There are 14 performances and 6 of these provide for reduced […]

What’s Going on in Madrid over Christmas

Just before I sign off for Christmas, here’s a link to a pdf that you can download from the Madrid City Council website which lists a number of events – concerts, workshops, shows and nativity scenes – that are going on in the city until the second week of January. It is in Spanish but […]

Music in the Plazas of Madrid over Christmas

Over the Christmas period the City Council of Madrid has organised a series of concerts at some of the main squares across the city. Plaza del Conde de Barajas – 22nd December (8 p.m.)Orfeón de Madrid Plaza de Colón – 23rd December (8 p.m.)Orfeón de Madrid Plaza de Carros – 26th December (8 p.m.)Nueva Orleans […]

Christmas fun for the Children

This Christmas the city of Madrid will be putting on an a number of shows and activities specifically targeted at children. As the events are mainly in Spanish, this article is aimed at my Spanish (or Spanish speaking) readers. You will find Alice in Wonderland (Alicia en el país de las maravillas); Garfield; Sleeping Beauty […]

Mamma Mia, the musical, comes to Madrid

The International hit, Mamma Mia, has finally landed in Madrid. The show, written by Catherine Johnson, opens on the 11th November in the Teatro Lope de Vega de Madrid. The musical has been translated into Spanish by Juan Martinez Moreno and the lyrics of the songs by Albert Mas-Griera. Mamma Mia is said to be […]

Festival de Otoño – a festival of music, theatre and dance

Starting on the 13th Ocotber and going on until the 14th November, the Festival de Otoño (Autumn festival) brings together dance, music and theatre acts to a wide range of venues across Madrid. You can enjoy music from Brazil, including Caetano Veloso, and the Serrat Sinfónico. Dance spectacles come from Spain, Belgium and Holland and […]

Top Tips for Madrid (Part 1)

1. Get the Metro or Airport Bus from the airport to the centre of town. It’s far cheaper than a taxi. 2. In order to get around the city buy a 10-ticket metro/bus pass. This entitles you to use both the bus and metro – also don’t forget to ask for a metro map at […]

Sara Baras brings her flamenco show ‘Sueños’ to Madrid

“… her dance is sculptural and magnificent, her footwork of a virtuosity rarely attained by a female flamenco dancer.” — Le Figaro From the 17th August to the 5th Spetember, visitors to the Teatro Lope de Vega will be able to enjoy a flamenco show given by one of the countries most popular Flamenco Artists, […]

Veranos de la Villa – Madrid Summer Festival

For 2006 click here: Veranos de la Villa 2006 During the months of July and August, the streets, gardens, theatres and other public places of Madrid see a number of activities organised by the Madrid Council for Art and called Veranos de la Villa. The city plays host to dance, music, theatrical events and zarzuela […]

Parque de Attracciones – Amusement park

The Parque de Atracciones, set in Madrid’s vast Casa de Campo park, is the city’s main theme park. It has been around for many, many years and is open all year round. Summer makes it an ideal place to visit, especially at night, because in addition to its many attractions the air is much cooler […]

Cine Doré and Filmoteca – No Blockbuster films here!

Cine Doré is a great film theatre, which dates back to 1923. The films it shows are certainly not the blockbusters you see in mainstream Spanish cinemas (and almost always dubbed) and acts as a magnet for film buffs. Cine Doré has three screens, which show films every day in their original language. They often […]

Sara Baras – Free Flamenco show in Madrid Metro Station

Following on from the previous posting, if you would like to see a free flamenco show, you could pop along to the metro station Nuevos Ministerios where the well-known flamenco dancer Sara Baras will be putting on her own show on Thursday 29th April at 10 p.m.. She will be aided by other flamenco singers, […]