Time before the festival starts

Regulations 2018


1. Basic terms

1.1 Definition

The Festival ¡Viva España! is a multifaceted cultural project which has already been successfully carried out for fifteen years in Russia. The main objective of this project is to form a unique creative space where every participant and guest can feel himself as a part of the world culture, living it and going deeper into the rich heritage of Spain, enjoying the true flamenco presented by the great masters of this art.

Official website: www.vivaespana.ru

1.2 Tasks and objectives of the Festival

  • Promotion and popularization of Spanish culture (in particular, flamenco) in Russia;
  • Establishment of creative contacts, exchange of experiences, development of the technical and artistic level of flamenco groups, companies and soloists;
  • Presentation of artistic achievements of the competitors (Festival participants); award ceremony of the prizes in different nominations;
  • Presentation of the best examples of modern flamenco in Russia (flamenco artists´ concerts for a wide audience);
  • Support to the shows, montages and other projects of the best Russian flamenco performers;
  • Creation of a unique social, cultural and creative space, open to the public where professionals and amateurs of this culture, tradition and other Spanish arts and crafts are able to exist together;
  • Support to the cultural life in Russian regions, its integration in the international cultural sector increasing the professional and artistic level of local groups, companies, organizations and associations by organizing and realizing different projects;
  • Development and strengthening of the cultural relations between Russia and Spain.


1.3 Organization

The organizers of the Festival are the House of Flamenco “Flamenquería”, the Cultural Foundation “Duende” and the company “Vengaya Producciones” (Seville).

The project is carried out under the patronage of the Department of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Embassy of Spain in Moscow.

1.4 Concept of the Festival 2018

The XVII edition of the Festival is dedicated to the art of flamenco seen through the prism of the theatre. The famous artists invite the viewer to get closer to their original ideas and concepts, new musical and staging solutions.

1.5 Shows of the Russian artists in 2018-2019 on the stage of the House of Flamenco in Moscow


Within the framework of the XVII International Flamenco Festival Viva España the organizers have come to the decision to help and support the professional flamenco performers of Russia, offering them the opportunity to present their shows on the stage of the House of Flamenco "Flamenquería" during the season 2018-2019.

  • The House of Flamenco "Flamenquería" offers for free its theatre and technical equipment to the company;
  • The House of Flamenco has got a stage in the theatrical hall with a capacity of 200 people, in the historical center of Moscow;
  • The management of the House of Flamenco offers different options of the dates to carry out your event;
  • According to the company's preferences, the House of Flamenco "Flamenquería" can offer some help with the design of the posters and brochures for the show;
  • Depending on the company's preferences, the House of Flamenco can organize a professional photo and video recording. The conditions are determined in each case separately;
  • The House of Flamenco contacts its mass media collaborators and informs them about the events which take place in the locals.

For more information contact the organizers of the Festival:

Tel: +7 499 921 02 46

Email: vivaespana@flamenquería.ru

We will be happy to discuss your proposals and answer all your questions.

2. Structure of the Festival

2.1 Contest “The Golden Kentauride”

Every flamenco soloist, duet, group of company from Russia and the CIS can take part in the contest, if the full age (+18) is reached. The application must be sent with the video attached to the link via the web site of the Festival www.vivaespana.ru; in 2018 there are four nominations:

  • The best flamenco dance soloist (traditional or contemporary)
  • The best flamenco interpretation (traditional or contemporary) for duets, trios, quartets or other groups
  • The best musical interpretation – (vocals, guitar and so on)
  • "Outstanding flamenco performance": award of regional level *


* Especially for participants from the regions of the Russian Federation. This nomination can be given as much to the best execution of dance, as the vocal and / or musical interpretation.

Each contestant (soloist, duo, group, company) can send the request to participate only in one of the mentioned nominations.

When all the participants present themselves, the jury and the organizers reserve the right NOT to award prizes in one or another nomination in the edition of the Festival of the corresponding year.

I tour: According to the results of the first round, the direction forms a list of the best applications which were sent via the website of the Festival (max. 30 numbers). The applications should be sent within the period from September 1 to November 9, 2018. The jury will make its selection online from November 10 to 16; the results will be published on the official website of the Festival not later than November 18.

Contestants, who are in this list, will be invited to Moscow for their live performance before the jury.

II tour: The performance of the contestants before the jury (final) will take place on December 01, 2018 at the House of Flamenco "Flamenquería" in c / Dobroslobodskaja 5a, Moscow.

The performances of the Contest are open to spectators; admission is free. The hall capacity: 200 seats.

Criteria for the evaluation of the participants of "The Golden Kentauride"

Each member of the jury receives forms in which they mark the presentations of the contestants according to the criteria: Technique, Musicality, Creativity, Expression and charisma, Image (costume, makeup). However, it must be borne in mind that these are basic criteria, so that members of the jury cannot limit themselves to them. Like the jury in any other type of artistic competition, the members of the jury of Viva España are guided by their own priorities according to their ideas and personal opinions: for one, for example, technique is the most important, for another the most important element is the creative component etc. Precisely for that reason year after year, while arriving at a single conclusion, the members of the jury go through long discussions. This decision must be accepted by both the Contest organizers and the participants.

When submitting the application to participate in the contest, the performer automatically agrees with the decision of the jury of this Contest.

We would like to point out that the process of voting and distribution of the nominations of the "Golden Kentauride" Contest is carried out in secret in order to keep the confidential opinion of each of the members of the jury. The rules of the Competition do not allow the announcement of the personal opinions of the jury, for moral reasons. However, the organizers do not mind if one of the members of the jury, according to their preferences, wants to answer the questions of the contestants about the evaluation process, after the announcement of the final results of the Contest.

The House of Flamenco "Flamenquería" is guided by the principle of not intervening under any concept in the work of the competing jury. In the edition of 2018 and subsequent editions, it is planned for all interested participants to hold a meeting dedicated to the analysis of the results of the contest, together with the President of the jury. This year's meeting will take place on December 2, after the workshop with Rosario Toledo. The exact schedule of the workshop and the meeting with the President of the Jury will be published on the Festival page. Follow the news.

Awards ceremony: The award ceremony of the Festival will be held at the House of Flamenco "Flamenquería" on December 1, 2018. The winners will receive a statuette of the Golden Kentauride, its material component of 100 000 rubles (for each nomination), a scholarship for a weekly course with Spanish teachers in Flamenquería Seville.

Contest Jury'18: The jury is formed by dancers, choreographers and world-renowned soloists of the best and prestigious theatres in Spain. In 2018 the jury is formed by: Miguel Betegón, Rosario Toledo, Andrés de Jerez.

More information about the jury members can be found on the official Festival page.

Non-competition programme 2018 Programación extraconcursal 2018


  • 23 November – show by Manuel Liñán “REVERSIBLE” (Moscow)
  • 24-25 November – dance workshops with Manuel Liñán at the House of Flamenco “Flamenquería” (Moscow)
  • 26 November – show by Rosario Toledo “DNA” (St. Petersburg)
  • 28 November – show by Rosario Toledo “DNA” (Moscow)
  • 30 November – concert of Rosario Toledo with participation of the Russian artists (Kaluga)
  • 01 December – Final of the Contest "The Golden Kentauride" 2018 at the House of Flamenco “Flamenquería” (Moscow)
  • 01 – 02 December – dance workshops with Rosario Toledo at the House of Flamenco “Flamenquería” (Moscow)

Educational programme

24-25 November– dance workshops with Manuel Liñán at the House of Flamenco “Flamenquería” (Moscow)

01 – 02 December – dance workshops with Rosario Toledo at the House of Flamenco “Flamenquería” (Moscow)

The schedule of the courses, prices, detailed information on levels and choreography will be published on the Festival website.

The courses are directed to all flamenco dancers of the Middle level and more Advanced, regardless of the participation in the Contest. The didactic program is paid separately.


3. Terms & Conditions of participation in the Contest of the XVII International Flamenco Festival ¡Viva España! 2018

3.1 Participation

Any flamenco group, company and/or soloist who are full-aged (18 years), of any country in the world can take part in the contest. The technical level and its correspondence to an international festival are defined by the jury from Spain, formed by the best flamenco experts.

The previous selection of participants is made by the Spanish flamenco specialists, on the grounds of:

TThe application and the video link sent within the period specified by the organizing committee from September 1 to November 9, 2018, via the website of the Festival.

3.2. Video-clips properties

The video and the number must not exceed 10 minutes. The video of more than 10 minutes will be declined automatically by the system. The video can be a fragment of the number prepared for the contest.

The video must be published at YouTube; the video link must be attached to the electronic application. If you don’t want the video to be public, you should choose the option “Available for the users who have access to the link” by publishing.

3.3 Financing

The financing of the arrangements of the Festival is done with the budget and the resources of the organizing company, including other investments allowed by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
The sponsors of the Festival can be an organizations, private enterprises or individuals.
The committee of the Festival doesn't establish any quotas for the participants of the Festival.
The expenses of transport, accommodation and diets are paid by the participants.

3.4 Additional information

More information will be published in the section “For participants”.

Submit your application You may submit your application for the participation of the team
Program of the Festival Please review the program of the event
Buy a ticket Buy a ticket on-line on the most favorable terms
02 2018 The winners of the "Golden Centauride" contest of the International Flamenco Festival 2018!

We are pleased to congratulate all the winners and the contestants who obtained the special mention of the jury.

27 2018 "El cante is the essence of flamenco".

The cante will help you to feel and understand flamenco art.

17 2018 "The Golden Centauride" is already here to see the best among the insurmountable!

We would like to thank very much to all the artists for sending us your requests.