THE FESTIVAL OF GRANADA
The Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada is one of the most attractive appointments early summer in Spain. Its origin dates back to the symphonic concerts performed at the Palace of Charles V during the Corpus Christi holidays since 1883 and the "Cante Jondo" (flamenco singing) Contest convened at the Alhambra in 1922 by García Lorca, Falla and other intellectuals and artists. With the denomination as Festival, since 1952, it has made itself known and appreciated for the extraordinary settings where its concerts and performances are held and for having known how to combine in its programmes the presence of the current great performers with well-conceived wagers on young artists summoned to be the maestros of the future: images have been seen all over the world of Rubinstein, Victoria de los Ángeles or Andrés Segovia in the most beautiful Arab courtyards of the Alhambra, of Schuricht, Karajan or Celibidache conducting at the Palace of Charles V, of Margot Fonteyn or Nureyev dancing in the Gardens of the Generalife ., but the Festival can also take credit for having welcomed at the outset of their careers promising artists like Teresa Berganza, Lorin Maazel, Antonio or Joaquín Achúcarro, among others.
The Festival plunges the city and the visitor into an atmosphere of celebration during several days. Attending its summons is to cross through and to penetrate into some of the most lovely corners of Granada, enjoying its programmes is to appreciate culture as a meeting point between different traditions, as a meeting point also between history and the new creations.
The programming of the Festival is traditionally based on classical music, ballet and Spanish dancing, but together with this classical repertoire it also includes attractive samples of flamenco, ancient and contemporary music, interesting exhibitions . and continues offering this range of propositions on each occasion.
The more than 60 performances which are offered year after year are an invitation to enjoy music and dance frankly, at very diverse hours of the day and in a variety of manners, ranging from conventional concerts for very large audiences to recitals almost in intimacy, and from polyphony matinees during week-ends to very late flamenco shows finishing in the small hours.
Its programmes are enjoyed by thousands of people in Granada and, through RNE - the Spanish National Radio - and other Euroradio broadcasting stations, by numerous music lovers all over Europe. The settings
The history of the Festival is linked to the landscape and to the main monuments of Granada. Its stages are to be found all over the city: to the traditional settings in the Alhambra - Patio de los Arrayanes, Palace of Charles V, Gardens of Generalife -, the Cathedral or the Monastery of San Jerónimo, other, not less singular, settings have been added, like the Corral del Carbón, the Hospital Real, the Palace of Daralhorra, the Manuel de Falla Auditorium, the Albaicín and Sacromonte districts and, most recently, the Planetarium in the Sciencie Centre and even some nearby villages.
Granada is connected to the centre and north of Spain by the main roads N-323 and N-IV and to Málaga, Seville and the Mediterranean highway by the A-92. Its airport has several regular flights to the major cities of Spain. There are also connections by train and bus.
Granada counts with an ample offer in hotels, attractive excursions to the whole province and a typical gastronomy which can be enjoyed in its many "tapas" bars and restaurants.
The Festival normally takes place during 17 days, from a Friday to Sunday, between the end of June and the first days of July.
The average temperature in Granada during this time is of 24ºC, although the nights get cooler in the Alhambra due to the proximity of Sierra Nevada.