25 august | 13:30 h | Nuevo Casino

José María Velázquez-Gaztelu, Pepe Lamarca et Corral de la Morería

Galardón Fundación Flamenco on Fire


Flamencologist, communicator and poet, from RTVE he works as a cultural disseminator through the programme ‘Nuestro flamenco’. He was in charge of the series ‘Rito y geografía del cante’, unanimously considered one of the most important documentary in the history of this genre. He was awarded the Cátedra de Flamencología (Chair of Flamencology) in 1972. He has published in specialised magazines and newspapers since his youth. His books include poetic works, such as ‘Los límites del desierto’, and investigative works, as well as the interviews and articles that he brought together in the recent publication ‘De la noche a la mañana’. He is the doyen of flamenco journalism.


The porteño eye of his camera, led this professional photographer to flamenco. His are some of the most popular portraits of Camarón de la Isla and Paco de Lucía, such as the black and white one in which both appear as young men laughing and smoking in a carefree attitude. From the 1970s, when he arrived in Spain from his native Buenos Aires, he signed some of Antonio Gades’ most emblematic posters, such as the one for the production of Carmen. He also saw José Menese, El Lebrijano, Fosforito, Terremoto, Carmen Linares, José Mercé, Niño Miguel, Enrique de Melchor, Tomatito and several generations of artists pass through his lens. Through his work, therefore, the history of flamenco is moving steadily forward. 


Since it was founded in 1957, this venue on Calle Morería has seen a creative engine pass through its stage, serving as a reference model from the golden age of Madrid’s tablaos, the 1960s, to the present day, the living history of flamenco. It is the only tablao in the world whose gastronomic offer has been awarded a Michelin star. The most popular personalities on the planet, from the boxer Muhammad Ali to the actor Harrison Ford, have passed through its tables to see the most notable flamenco artists of the present.