The Edmonton Flamenco Festival is committed to raising awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Flamenco for the greater Edmonton community through an annual festival. The highlight of our festival is a main stage event featuring international artists showcasing traditional Flamenco. Our goal is to build community through performance, workshops, and outreach programs.
Flamenco is a living art form, originating in the south of Spain. It is a passionate expression of life involving intricate communication between four main components: Song, Dance, Guitar, and Rhythm. Characterized by driving rhythms and haunting melodies, it was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010 (www.unesco.org).
Our first festival took place March 9 – 12, 2017!
The festival is produced by the Edmonton Flamenco Festival Association, a registered not for profit society created for the purpose of producing an annual Flamenco Festival in Edmonton.
President – Meilai Ha
Vice-President – Jane Ogilvie
Secretary – Lisa Guirguis
Treasurer – Stephanie Ibach
Member at large – Bryce Stewart
Member at large – Lana Whiskeyjack
Flashmob Coordinator – Jen Dunford
Artistic Director – Jane Ogilvie
Jane has been studying flamenco dance, song, piano, and percussion at home and abroad since 1997, travelling internationally to study and taking classes from visiting international teachers. She has been a teacher, performer, and leader in the flamenco community in Alberta since 2001 involved in bringing guest flamenco artists to both Edmonton and her former home of Calgary. Jane holds her ARCT in Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art) specializing in printmaking from the University of Calgary. (photo credit: Agata Raymond Photography)
The Edmonton Flamenco Festival started as the the shared vision of co-founders Cat Moores and Jane Ogilvie. After more than a year of planning, the festival was officially founded in 2015. Cat served as the festival’s first Executive Director, and after our inaugural 2017 festival she moved on to other exciting adventures. We wish to express our gratitude for the incredible amount of foundational and operational work Cat contributed over our first 3 years that has made this festival a success. Thanks Cat! We wouldn’t be here without you.