What is flamenco? Flamenco in Spain comes in all shapes and sizes. A sole guitarist playing a fandango, a duo performing Camaron's 'pop hit' Volando Voy, Ojos de Brujo and their hip-hop-flamenco fusion, an all-singing-all-dancing show with all the flowery dresses and shouts of 'Ole' or a flamenco ballet - these are all flamenco.
Because flamenco is not a 'dance' as many visitors to Spain initially believe. It is a whole art form, traditionally featuring a guitarist, a singer, probably someone clapping out a rhythm and perhaps a dancer. In more recent times the genre has developed and incorporated many influences from across the musical spectrum.
And you are likely to find many of the various types of flamenco at a flamenco festival. There are flamenco festivals throughout Spain and all over the world. The smaller ones are likely to be more traditional, with the typical guitarist, vocalist and clapping, but the bigger ones can attract some big names and unusual interpretations of Europe's most alive folk music.
I've done a little research and looked to make the most extensive list of flamenco festivals in Spain that I can find. I've also added a few of the bigger international festivals to the list too.
Check out the full list of Flamenco Festivals in Spain
If you won't be in Spain for any of these festivals and are specifically interested in flamenco dancing check out this list of Flamenco Dancing in Spain