The celebration of the Music and Dance Festivals of Granada dates back to the middle of the last century, although already many years ago concerts were held at the Palace of Charles V during the festivities of Corpus Christi.
The first edition took place in 1952 and the following year the wonderful amphitheater of the Generalife Gardens was inaugurated to accommodate the Dance shows.
Since then, during the months of June and July, the most important cultural event in the city takes place. Today it has great international recognition thanks to the world-renowned monuments in which it takes place and the renowned figures who have come to this event over the years.
In the courtyards of the Alhambra have played figures like Andrés Segovia and Victoria del Los Angeles, in the Palace of Carlos V has conducted orchestras Herbert Von Karajan and in the Gardens of the Generalife have danced Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.
Each year, the Official Program tries to combine the most avant-garde trends of music and dance with the most classical orthodoxy. From Baroque to flamenco, from Beethoven to Debussy, from Nureyev to Blanca Li … a wide range of trends to satisfy the most exquisite tastes.
The Festival of Music and Dance of Granada is not currently limited to the Official Program, but includes other cultural events that take place in parallel, such as the FEX and the Manuel de Falla courses.
The FEX is an EXtension of the Festival that seeks to bring cultural innovation to all audiences, multiplying the scenarios by theaters, streets and squares of the city. Popular music in urban buses, circus and dance in the squares, jazz in the cemetery and choirs in churches are just one example of the varied FEX program that even extends to villages in the province.
The Music and Dance Festivals of Granada are a great opportunity to visit a city that is adorned for the occasion and that enhances its beauty with the perfume of musical culture.
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