FLAMENCO IN TIMES OF COVID

DONT LET FLAMENCO DIES

 

Time was stoped for everyone on March 14, 2020. The world was unexpectedly, cruelly and dramatically plunged into the worst nightmare we could have ever imagined.

 

The irruption of the pandemic that threatens us and seems to have settled in indefinitely, has caused our social customs, our culture and our folklore to have been so affected that sectors as important to us as tourism, hospitality and the show, including our flamenco, have suffered terrible consequences.

 

We are a country eminently socially and culturally rooted in contact, celebration, hapinness and joy. The measures taken to prevent the spread and contagion of COVID have caused these customs to be affected. So much so that it has caused the closure and bankruptcy of a large part of the hospitality sector, tourism, nightlife, artists, shows, etc.

 

Flamenco and live music have seen many of their performances reduced and canceled, thus causing artists to lower their “cache” and not have spaces to show their art, in many cases having to act reducing their income and consequently seeing their professional rates degraded.

 

There is a latent concern about the immediate future of the entertainment world in general, and flamenco in particular, with the increase in cases of coronavirusand the situation of the pandemic. Summer has been solved in a makeup way, giving us a break with the premises and outdoor spaces, but the arrival of autumn and the climate that corresponds to the cold and rainy months, makes us look to the future with great concern and maximum expectation . The business fabric that encompasses both hospitality and entertainment is an absolute uncertainty that, unfortunately, is going to intensify.

 

We have been approached by cancellations and closures of many spaces in this sector, shelters and refugees both due to the lack of means and measures, and due to fear of the health and regulatory consequences.

 

Now, the medium-long term view is set on spring-summer 2021, with the hope that the virus will be generous in its surrender and with faith in the measures and management of our leaders. It is time to support and help both artists and spaces. Attending each event, performance that is organized, thus contributing to not letting the cultural leisure that is part of our culture die. Culture is not an option. Culture is part of a country, of its people, of its history. Let’s support flamenco.

 

We have had fun, we have danced and shared emotions, moments and feelings. We have fallen in love and we have said goodbye to other loves … Live music moves the heart, and flamenco provokes emotions and feelings. Dont let our roots die. Dont let flamenco. dies. They say that ingenuity is sharpened in times of crisis, and this is what we have to do now.