Granada Music Festival: Nights in the Gardens of Spain

All Ways Spain – Granada music festival Alhambra

The Grana­da Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val of Music & Dance is one of the most pres­ti­gious music fes­ti­vals in Europe, with more than half a cen­tu­ry of his­to­ry behind it and the involve­ment of some of the lead­ing names in clas­si­cal music and dance. Renowned for the beau­ty of its set­tings, which makes exten­sive use of the Alham­bra, the city’s land­mark mon­u­ment, the Festival’s suc­cess is also down to an imag­i­na­tive direc­tion and the com­mit­ment of per­form­ers of the like of Daniel Baren­boim, Vladímir Áshke­nazi and Montser­rat Cabal­lé, and com­pa­nies such as the Berlin Staatskapelle, The Roy­al Bal­let and the Span­ish Nation­al Orches­tra.

The balmy nights of ear­ly July are per­fect for the open-air con­certs, held in the priv­i­leged set­ting of the Moor­ish and Castil­ian palaces and gar­dens of the Alham­bra; the sound of cicadas and the scent of jas­mine and myr­tle pro­vid­ing an evoca­tive back­drop to some out­stand­ing music and dance.

Each year’s pro­gramme is cen­tred on a giv­en theme and com­bines orches­tral and cham­ber music, as well as ancient and con­tem­po­rary world music, with bal­let, mod­ern dance and fla­men­co — and fea­tures an impres­sive array of Span­ish and inter­na­tion­al tal­ent. In addi­tion to the sig­na­ture night-time con­certs in the Alham­bra, there are events tak­ing place dur­ing the day and an excel­lent side fes­ti­val, the FEX, offer­ing free con­certs in venues which, again, use to full effect the city’s wealth of his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments includ­ing the Cathe­dral, the Roy­al Chapel, the Monastery of San Jeron­i­mo, the Abbey of Sacromonte, the Carthu­sian Monastery, the Roy­al Chan­cellery, the Casa de Cas­tril, the Casa de los Tiros and many church­es and con­tem­po­rary build­ings.

The Fes­ti­val is, for all these rea­sons, under­stand­ably pop­u­lar and has in prac­ti­cal­ly all past edi­tions sold out – the strong local sup­port being increas­ing­ly sup­ple­ment­ed by for­eign vis­i­tors who have learnt about the Fes­ti­val through the nation­al and inter­na­tion­al media and, in par­tic­u­lar, the radio trans­mis­sions of Span­ish nation­al broad­cast­er RNE on Radio Clási­ca.

For details of this year’s Fes­ti­val, which takes place in 2015 between June 19 and July 10, please vis­it the web­site of the Grana­da Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val of Music & Dance. If you would like to include events in the Fes­ti­val in your trav­el itin­er­ary or indeed make this the focal point of a tour please do con­tact us, as we are well placed to arrange this for you.