Flamenco On Fire is one of the flamenco festivals with the best reception and repercussion on a national and international level in recent years. It is held in Pamplona from 25 to 27 August, celebrating its 10th anniversary. Its organisers explain that its purpose is to recover the name and work of the Navarrese Agustín Castellón Campos Sabicas.
This event has two main aspects: a free street programme (open-air recitals, workshops, exhibitions, round tables…) and large-format shows, hosted by major theatres in Navarre. These include Farruquito, Vicente Soto Sordera, La Tremendita, Alejandro Hurtado, Estrella Morente and Miguel Poveda, among others.
Slightly more casual is the part called the 20th Century Stage, with performances by Soleé Morente and Tomasito. At night, in Ciclo Nocturno, the festival turns into a tablao and the performances are more group-based. And, perhaps the most colourful part of the festival are the performances in the streets, corners and courtyards, for which this year they have the singing of Guadiana and the guitar playing of Jesús Carbonell.
On 25 August, we look at the performance of Iván Vargas in Pamplona, together with the bailaora, Nazaret Reyes. Iván Vargas was born in Granada’s Sacromonte, in the Cueva La Rocío, where he took his first steps with his family: the Maya. He belongs, therefore, to a dynasty of great dancers, in which we come across names such as Manolete, Mario Maya and the great guitarist Marote. He has shared the bill with figures such as Farruquito and Diego Diego Carrasco, triumphed in countless tablao nights, given courses all over the world and premiered productions in the great flamenco showcases, both solo and with Juan Andrés Maya.