Founded in 2005, the BAY AREA FLAMENCO FESTIVAL has grown into a popular and vital annual Bay Area cultural event. Celebrating Spanish Gypsy music and dance as a living culture and a legacy of world stature, the Festival has presented some of the most important figures in the history of flamenco as well as prodigies form today’s generation of artists. Artistic director Nina Menéndez’s unique curatorial vision distinguishes the Bay Area Flamenco Festival/ Festival Flamenco Gitano and its particular focus on grassroots flamenco from the Gypsy communities of Spain. “These artists are bringing the Gitano essence of flamenco into the 21st century," explains Festival director Nina Menéndez. “They have an ease for improvisation that comes from living the art as a part of everyday life. No choreography is required, only an intimate connection among the dancers and musicians who interact freely on the basis of a shared legacy and an insatiable hunger to find the spark of ‘duende’ that transforms the mundane into the sublime."