Lunel: the Brassens room and the Castel space in the colors of Spain and flamenco

The culture department organizes the second flamenco festival on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November. Music and dance on the program but also painting and surprises.

Lunel cultivates its difference. Also in cultural matters. On Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November, the 2nd edition of the flamenco festival should confirm this philosophy.

“We will not do what we do in Montpellier or Nîmes. We will go out of the woods. On Friday, with the singer Melchior Campos, we will offer a show that stands out and the next day, at Espace Castel, we are about to propose a flamenco fiesta that will allow everyone to participate “Corinne Poléri, assistant culture delegate, enthused.

“This territory has a history with the Spaniards, their culture is deeply rooted here and this festival corresponds perfectly to the idea that we want to highlight an inclusive, attractive and creative culture”, stressed the chosen one, this Friday, at the Espace Feuillade. To detail this second edition, Corinne Poléri and the director of culture of Lunel, Frank Janik, were surrounded by the main actors of the event. In particular of Melchior Campos. The famous flamenco singer is “the spearhead of the two party evenings”insisted the director of culture.

Songs, dances, performances … and bodega

He will perform for the first time in concert, with his musicians and dancer Kuky Santiago, at the Salle Brassens on November 18th, at 8.30pm. That evening he will present his latest show titled him Salt and Espumafrom his latest self-titled album which enchanted audiences at the opening of the Toulouse International Guitar Festival and also worked wonders in Bordeaux and Perpignan. “I started my career at the age of 16, I collaborated extensively with others and, lately, I decided to make a record about my roots. I am a Gypsy and Andalusian, my parents were born in Morocco. This gives , in my album, a palette of oriental colors associated with sometimes modern rhythms. This show is a journey that does not denigrate traditional flamenco at all but adds new instruments “Melchior Campos said.

This Friday in Brassens, the journey into the world of flamenco will be punctuated by tango, alegria, solea de Triana revisited, even Cuban rhythms … But since flamenco rhymes with sharing, the next day, Saturday 19 November, the organizers propose an evening even more eclectic. This time Melchior Campos will be, with others on the stage of the auditorium, at 20:00, for a “tablao” that will be worth the trip. “It is common in Seville. There is no editing. It is total improvisation. We are artists and even without knowing each other we can improvise several pieces together”, assured the singer. Six people will compose this “tablao”: Melchior Campos and Emilio Cortes on vocals, Manuel Gomez on guitar, Lucas El Luco and Serena de Sousa on dance and Miguel Rodriguez on percussion.

An exhibition “with the colors of the South”

The party will then end at the patio of the Castel with a moment of celebration, open to all and free of charge, of a flamenco fiesta. Always combine music and flamenco but not only. “We want to take advantage of this moment to highlight all the arts and invite the public to meet flamenco “., stressed Franck Janik. Stéphane Parys, former artist from Acutes-Mortais now residing in Lunel, will be present, whose works were visible in the arenas during the Pescalune and who signs the poster for this 2nd flamenco festival. He will hang about twenty canvases in a single format around the patio. an exhibition “in the colors of the south, around the bullfight, the Arlésiennes, where we find the colors of flamenco”, He explained. Paintings and drawings that will be visible in Castel until the beginning of December.

During this festival, in fact, the artist will be omnipresent since his poster has been declined in the form of a canvas. He will sign the decoration of the boxes in Brassens and Castel. “This will be our common thread “Corinne Poléri said. The flamenco fiesta will also be punctuated by an equestrian show, in the courtyard of the Castel, thanks to the talent of the breeder and rider Renaud Vinuesa accompanied on the ground and in the dance, by Catherine Mellado.

It should be noted that this last evening of the festival will open at 7 pm with Spanish music performed by the wind band of the music school and that, throughout the evening, a bodega will be set up at the Spazio Castel.

Reservations for the two concerts on Friday and Saturday at Espace Feuillade. Info at 04 67 87 84 19.

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