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The history of Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona

Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona has earned the right to be considered the main historical tablao of Barcelona. It was founded in 1970 under the management of a family of artists and has brought ever since all the flamenco legendary artists to Barcelona, becoming a reference in the flamenco world without losing an ounce of authenticity, always faithful to its historical legacy as a tablao flamenco.

What is a tablao?

Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona is the biography of the Adame family. Luis Adame and Irene Alba are the marriage that created the tablao. They both lived the golden age of flamenco as artists and performed in the best scenarios of the time. Once Luis and Irene finished they artistic career and settled down in Barcelona, they both brought all the achieved experience and cultural heritage to the company.

In the seventies, the sociopolitical reality of Barcelona wasn't the best fit for a cultural offer like a tablao flamenco, specially due to the still recent death of the dictator Franco. Struggling to survive, the family aimed to the only viable market: The gypsies from Catalonia, the south of France and half of Spain. 1974-1980. Artistic retirement of Irene and Luis. As business owners, they both started a series of productions that brought to Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona the overwhelming majority of artists that nowadays are considered flamenco legends: Camarón de la Isla, Farruco, Chocolate, Güito, Pansequito, Manolete, La Tati, Juan Villar, Turronero, Tomatito, Lole or Manuelo Bambino, among many others. That period culminated with several performances of a still young Manuela Carrasco who is today one of the most revered flamenco artists. Thanks to these programs, Tablao Flamenco Cordobes became the most important meeting point in Spain for flamenco enthusiasts during the democratic transition years.

1980 - 1990 - Mila de Vargas established herself as a figure on the stage of Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona. She won in 1982 two National Prizes of Dance in Córdoba. With Mila de Vargas as a leading figure onstage, Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona consolidated itself as a university of flamenco. It created a school and promoted young flamenco talents from Barcelona and the rest of Spain. Most of them ended up becoming leading figures of international flamenco like Eva la Yerbabuena, Belén Maya, Israel Galván, La Susi, Miguel Poveda or Montse Cortés, among many others.

Barcelona Olympic Games

From 1992 on, after the celebration of the Olympic Games in Barcelona, the city started its slow metamorphosis towards what it is nowadays: one of the tourism capitals of the world. Tablao Flamenco Cordobes had been since years ago one of the most prestigious tablaos of Spain and the world. International tourism and business tourism fills the tablao daily and it has become a must see in Barcelona for artists and celebrities alike.


With the celebration of its 25th anniversary in 1995, Pascual Maragall, President of the Catalan government by then, accepted the second Mezquita de Plata (silver mosque) award bestowed by Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona.

On the occasion of the award ceremony, Tablao Flamenco Cordobes organized a National Dance and Guitar contest as well. Its decisive point arrived during the semifinals and finals and all the magic of dance gathered on the tablao during that week. The jury was composed by all kind of flamenco legends like Manuela Carrasco, Rafael El Negro, Serranito, Pepa Montes, Ricardo Miño or Rafael Morales, as well as other important flamenco scholars. Many celebrities like Pilar López, Matilde Coral and Farruco also attended the event.

Already in 2000, Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona celebrated its 30th anniversary awarding with the 3rd Mezquita de Plata Award two important cultural institutions: La Federación de Entidades Culturales Andaluzas de Cataluña (FECAC/Andalusian Cultural Entities Federation in Catalonia) and Turisme de Barcelona (Barcelona Tourism Office). Their attendance and acceptance of the award, with many important authorities meant the unanimous acknowledgment of the cultural task carried out by Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona for flamenco music in Barcelona and Catalonia. Along with the ceremony awards, the Barcelona Autumn Flamenco Festival started with the participation of leading figures of flamenco like Eva "La Yerbabuena", Israel Galván, La Susi, Rafael de Carmen, Domingo Ortega and Enrique “El Extremeño”, among many others.

In 2010 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona presenting a new series of costly productions: "La fusion del talento". It was coordinated by Belén Maya and it brought all the flamenco elite artists to the tablao, forging a sublime troupe.

The Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Foundation was also born in 2010 as a form of giving back to flamenco and its professionals what this art has given to this company and this family of artists, who manage the tablao. The Foundation was also created with the aim of promoting the fundamentals of flamenco, clarifying its values, classifying them and helping to keep their permanent relevance within the cultural scene.

In 2015, with the arrival of its 45th anniversary, Tablao Flamenco Cordobes announced several big projects for that year. After the overwhelming success of the show "Con Carmen Amaya en la Memoria", created during the Carmen Amaya Year as a tribute to the great dancer and brought to theatres around the world, Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona surpassed itself in 2015 closing another series of productions impossible to find in any other venue.

José Valencia, Juana Amaya, José Maya, Jesús Carmona, Karime Amaya, Juan de Juan and finally Farruquito, considered as the most important flamenco dancer of this century.

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