Since 1998, the cultural managers Rosana de Aza and Olinto de la Obra, pioneers in promoting and spreading the artistic and cultural heritage from Al-Andalus, work in order to encourage the most traditional flamenco history and boost the Andalusian folkloric tradition, which is a World Heritage.
It was in 1999 that this first cultural Project, which became known as Casa de la Memoria: The Cultural Flamenco Centre of Seville, was born. Having its original headquarters located in Ximénez de Enciso street (Santa Cruz Quarter), this Cultural Centre, museum and Flamenco tablao was relocated at the end of 2012 to its actual venue in Cuna street number 6. This venue is a historical building from the 15th century which held the original stables that belonged to the adjacent Palace of the Countess of Lebrija.
This house-palace, which was revamped and turned into a cultural centre, preserves the magical essence of the Sevillian tradition with its patios covered in flowers and its formidable walls made of stone and bricks. There are several rooms inside which are assigned to an art and exhibition gallery where visitors will enjoy our temporary exhibition as well as our private collection of art, items and historical files. All this in addition to the many activities that Casa de la Memoria has been carrying out since its creation, such as book and album presentations, conferences, Flamenco fashion parades, Flamenco history master classes, poetry reading, guitar and world music concerts, dramatized visits and a long etcera that makes the Cultural Centre of Flamenco of Seville a unique place and a must visit for foreigners and locals alike. The authentic MUSEUM OF FLAMENCO ART of Seville.
Every evening, the magic of the Flamenco duende gathers in every corner of this House-Palace. This is the Flamenco theatre and tablao from Casa de la Memoria: an intimate space with a view to its central patio. Its widened and semicircle form, which reminds of the old Cafés Cantantes, allows the public to experience the show as close to the artists as possible and value the authentic sound of the best flamenco in Seville and, probably, in the entire world.
WHY CHOOSE CASA DE LA MEMORIA?
Casa de la Memoria has been the most imitated cultural centre of Flamenco for many years. People from every continent try to copy this unique and one of a kind model of the tangible and intangible heritage management of this Flamenco art. The visitors can find in Seville a wide offer of all sorts of Flamenco, but none like ours.
We do not offer bar or restaurant services in order to fully enjoy the performances. There are no waiters talking or moving around in front of the audience, making noise with cutlery or glasses.
Kids under 6 are not allowed. Although we love kids and we sometimes organise other activities for them during the day, we consider that having no distractions is the key to solely focus on the show. In this case, kids under that age are more likely to be unpredictable. They sometimes struggle with self-control or keeping their voice level down.
The artists don’t use any microphones or sound amplification, so our audience can enjoy the real and authentic sound, creating an atmosphere that surrounds the public.
The audience can appreciate different styles of traditional flamenco during the show. Some kinds are more cheerful and others sadder and deeper.
The best artists from the current flamenco scene perform at Casa de la Memoria. This cast has a well-known career and holds prestigious national and international awards.
The format of our show in the Cultural Centre of Flamenco does not just focus on the dance, singing and guitar playing, neither on the most common flamenco styles represented by the same artists. The viewer can watch a different show every day as well as unique artists and the visitors can appreciate their individuality as dancers (both male and female),singers and guitar players as well as their ability to work as a group, which makes of this show the most complete and representative of the Flamenco art.
This philosophy, which is far from the more touristic shows offered in the city, makes Casa de la Memoria a flamenco place where locals and flamenco experts gather as well as a place which a Sevillian would recommend to their family and friends.
The show lasts approximately an hour and the fees are as follows:
General admission: 18€
Students or residents in Seville: 15€
Kids from 6 to 11: 10€
(In order to have the reduction, you must provide credentials at the ticket office)
OTHER CULTURAL PROJECTS
Besides the pioneer Cultural Centre of Flamenco of Sevilla, this family of cultural managers has promoted the creation of other globally important projects such as CASA SEFARADA and CASA MAZAL in Cordova, the Interpretation Centre of the Jewish Quarter of Seville, or the most recent centre: the Cultural Centre of Flamenco of Madrid, which also opened in 2019 coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Federico García Lorca’s arrival in Madrid, a poet and playwright from Granada whose work has tremendously influenced today’s flamenco traditions.