The National Competition of Flamenco Art in Cordoba is a three-yearly event which was started in 1956 in an attempt to refresh Flamenco song with the purest traditions of...
..."the old Cante Jondo" and at the same time to rescue from oblivion the competition held in Granada in 1922 under the direction of Manuel de Falla and Federico García Lorca.
At first the competition was called the “National Competition of Cante Jondo”, but it changed its name to the “National Competition of Flamenco Art” for its fourth edition in 1965. The Competition has been run by the Cordoba Town Hall since the very first edition, but since 1992 the task of organising the event has fallen to the Municipal Institute of Scenic Arts of the Cordoba Gran Teatro. This three-yearly festival is held during the festive month of May in Cordoba, and is an ideal complement to the Courtyards Festival.
The prestige of the Cordoba Competition, which is often called the «competition of competitions», is unparalleled in the history of Flamenco music. This event has gained ever-growing importance since its creation, and it has now become the most prestigious Flamenco competition of its day and the only one of its type which is authorised to give National Awards.
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