WATCH: How International Day of Flamenco was celebrated the world over

THIS mainstay of Spanish culture is set to be celebrated the world over tomorrow (Friday) on the International Day of Flamenco.
The day is celebrated every November 16 and the United Nations’ UNESCO culture body has declared flamenco a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The UN’s status is granted to art forms and traditions in an effort to protect them and to encourage people to continue practising them.
Flamenco is now a professionalised art form but it emerged out of various folk traditions in the regions of Andalucia, Extremadura and Murcia. Andalucia is believed to be its original home and the art is thought to have been influenced by Romani people.
The origins of the name Flamenco are disputed but some say it may come from the Spanish word flama, meaning fire.
The art is made up of six separate actions. These are cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance), jaleo (vocals and chorus clapping), palmas (hand clapping) and pitos (finger snapping).
There are several different varieties, or palos, of Flamenco. They are classified according to their rhythm, chord progression and place of origin. Cartageneras is one example, with that style originally from Cartagena.
Although originally Spanish, the dance is now performed worldwide.

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Joe Gerrard

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