– New Mexico’s most Enchanting Video Podcast brings you some fantastic flamenco fun this week.
While the historic connection between Spain and New Mexico is no secret (after all, the city of Albuquerque gets it’s name from the Spanish Duke of Alburquerque… hence the nickname “The Duke City”), until I started working on this story I didn’t realize the very real connections that still exist today thanks to the art of flamenco. However, those connections suffered a serious blow recently as the annual flamenco festival which brings many of Spain’s top artists to New Mexico, Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque was canceled mostly due to financial reasons.
Still, the proud tradition lives on through the National Institute of Flamenco and the National Conservatory of Flamenco Arts in Albuquerque. The Institute produces amazing Flamenco programs through projects like Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company (which is having performances April 2 – 4, 2009 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque), and the Conservatory opens its doors to the public, thereby opening lots of hearts and minds. Both of these programs would not be possible without the untiring efforts of flamenco artist, Eva Encinias Sandoval. I am honored to introduce you to her and the amazing community she has helped create.
Also this week we pick a winner of the New Mexicast gift bag (with prizes from Dave DeWitt, Chavela’s Salsa & Gemstar Dezigns, among others!), so stay tuned to the end of the episode to see if you are the lucky winner. But, of course, with those adorable bloopers at the end, you were going to stick around anyway, right? LOL!
I also wanted to thank the folks at ShopTalk (the TV News Industry’s Insider Newsletter) for mentioning New Mexicast in their iBlog section this week. It’s nice to reconnect with so many old colleagues.
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