The essence of the Granada Festival

This is the 66th year in the intense life of the International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada with its historic wealth of great orchestras, soloists, conductors, dance and flamenco companies which together form a truly significant milestone in the history of culture in Spain.

Lying at the heart of its origins and permeating the collective memory of audiences are the symphony concerts in the Palacio de Carlos V and the beautiful spectacle of magnificent dancers in the Teatro del Generalife which are the essence of the Festival.

The 2017 programme is an attempt to commemorate those historic origins and the very essence of our Festival with the presence of outstanding personalities from the worlds of music and dance; twenty two days full of music and dance distributed over thirty three performances from 23 June to 14 July.

Zubin Mehta, William Christie, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Sir Simon Rattle, Josep Pons, David Afkham, Pablo González and Pablo Heras-Casado are the orchestra conductors invited to take part in this year’s Festival, together with the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo of Naples, The Spanish National Orchestra and Choir, the Spanish National Youth Orchestra and our very own City of Granada Orchestra.

Dance will be represented by the Spanish National Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, the Ballet of the Teatro di San Carlo of Naples, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and the María Pagés dance company.

This year’s magnificent programme also includes flamenco, chamber music, ancient music, family performances, to say nothing of a special performance by the Spanish rock singer Miguel Ríos in the Palacio de Carlos V, all of which we hope will appeal to the great audiences that attend our concerts every year.

The Public Consortium of the Granada Festival which includes the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Council of Culture of the Government of Andalucía, the Town Council of Granada, the Granada City Hall, the University of Granada and the Board of the Alhambra and the Generalife together with the sponsoring firms and companies which form part of the Festival’s Circle of Patrons all make it possible to ensure that every year, at the beginning of summer, the beauty of music and dance permeates the centennial stones of the Alhambra.

Diego Martínez
Festival Director