Situated in the pleasant ‘El Botánico’ neighbourhood near the historic centre, ‘Café del Duende’ stands out as a cherished gem, offering an intimate and authentic space where the essence of flamenco comes to life. Revered throughout Valencia, the establishment beckons both locals and travellers to immerse themselves in the vibrant rhythms and soul-stirring melodies of live flamenco performances with impressive dancing included too.
Flamenco is a cultural experience rooted in the history of Andalusia that incorporates diverse influences, from the poignant strains of Jewish & Arabic melodies to the spirited rhythms of Romani traditions. Evolving over centuries, it has further embraced classical elements of Spanish music whilst also welcoming participants and aficionados from around the globe. Indeed, Valencia was once part of what was then known as ‘Al-Andalus’ during the Moorish reign.
Within the rustic confines of ‘Café del Duende’, visitors of all ages find themselves enveloped in a cultural reverie, where the soft glow of fairy lights sets the stage for an unforgettable experience. Beneath the gentle cascade of dim lighting, the room ignites with the impassioned voices of cante singers, the virtuosic strains of accompanying musicians, and the captivating movements of dancers, each artist a testament to the enduring spirit of flamenco.
The intimate setting allows for an up-close and personal experience, where audience members can feel the raw energy and intensity of the performances and see each line of emotion drawn across the faces of the passionate performers. Each click of the finger, kick of the shoe and clap of the hand can be heard across the room, mingled amongst the plucky strings and soulful harmonising.
‘Café del Duende’ is not just regarded as Valencia’s most authentic flamenco music venue; it’s a cultural hub where professional artists and enthusiasts come together to celebrate the artistry and emotion of flamenco. In addition to its regular performances, Café del Duende also hosts workshops, lectures, and other events aimed at promoting the appreciation and understanding of flamenco culture. It serves as a nurturing environment for both seasoned professionals and aspiring artists to hone their craft and share their passion for flamenco with others.
Over the years, ‘Café del Duende’ has become a legendary live flamenco venue in Valencia but seating is limited. So, make sure to get there no later than 19.30h in the evenings that have live shows… … to get a seat!
Report by Abi Kara-Fernandes
Article copyright ‘24/7 Valencia’
Photo copyright Sebastian Garraway / 24/7 Valencia
CAFÉ DEL DUENDE
C/ del Túria, 62,
Extramurs (Zona Botánico)
Tel: 630 45 52 89