From 3 to 13 August with Estrella Morente, El Cigala, Farruquito, Tomatito and Pitingo
The 51st Festival de la Unión will kick off on 3 August with performances of the official anthems and the Homenaje al Minero y a la Viuda del Minero tributes.
August 4 is the first official day, where Carlos Herrera will officially open the festival and will include performances by the winners of the 2010 festival, Miguel Ortega (Lámpara Minera); Francisco Moncayo (Bordón Minero); Jesús Fernández (Trofeo Desplante) and Abdón Alcaraz, Instrumental Award. Attendance to the first day’s events is free.
The competition stage will be held on the 10, 11 and 12 August with the semi-finals, the final of the festival will be held on 13 August; all the events will begin at 22.00 and be held at the Antiguo Mercado Público.
As well as the much awaited galas and cante, dance, guitar and flamenco instrumental competitions, the 51st Festival offers a range of cultural activities everyday at 20.00 at the Town Hall.
The first of these will be held on 4 August with the 3rd ‘Catedral del Cante’ award, which this year goes to France as the country that has done most to preserve, promote and foment flamenco, accepting the award will be the French ambassador to Spain, Bruno Delaye.
In light of the terrible events of the 11 March in Japan caused by the earthquake and subsequent Tsunami, the Foundation has decided to pay tribute to this country as winner of the award in 2010 in a event attended by the Japanese ambassador, Fumiaki Takahashi.
The festival will also pay tribute to the cantaor Enrique Morente, winner of the Castillete de Oro at the Festival in 2010, accepting this tribute will be members of his family and there will be a screening of the documentary ‘Morente’ by the filmmaker Emilio Ruiz Barrachina.
The Agrupa Vicenta mine will now be a new venue for several performances during the festival. This unique venue will host performances by Rocío Márquez and Manuel Cuevas.
La Unión – Murcia. From 3 to 13 August 2011
Prologue: “Día de La Unión”
- Opening by Carlos Herrera
- Performances by the 2010 winners:
Miguel Ortega, Lámpara Minera,
Francisco Moncayo, Bordón Minero
Jesús Fernández, Desplante
Abdón Alcaraz, Filón
10, 11 and 12 August
Semi-finals. Flamenco cante, dance, guitar and instrumental competitions..
Final gala and award ceremony