Can you hear the exciting rhythm of castanets? Flamenco Festival London is back at Sadler's Wells for its 12th year, promising high-value performances and a showcase stuffed with the varied styles representing this intriguing art form.
The two-week-long festival features seven main shows, five of which are UK premieres. With both group and solo performances, the festival welcomes famous names of the international flamenco scene. Be you flamenco newbie or expert, get ready to be seduced by the spirit, colours and movement of one of Spain's most famous traditions.
The festival kicks off with Gala Flamenca (16 February). The show features four leading performers, among them household name Antonio Canales. Aside from long-time performers, the festival showcases fresh young talents like vocalist Arcángel, who performs his show Olor a Tierra (19 February) accompanied by guest dancer Patricia Guerrero and guitarist Dani de Morón.
If you like group choreography, we suggest you try the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía's performance, which celebrates the outfit's 20th anniversary with the production Images: 20 Years (20-21 February); or the Ballet Nacional de España's show (26-28 February), directed by award-winning choreographer and dancer Antonio Najarro.
One of the most anticipated performances is that featuring flamenco superstar Eva Yearbabuena, who returns for two consecutive days (23-24 February) with ¡Ay!. She will be accompanied by a first-rate ensemble including a percussionist, guitarist, violinist, plus a trio of male singers.