Madrid’s flagship summer festival of music and the arts is in full swing with a host of cultural events around the capital to be enjoyed by all the family.
Running from 5th July to 28th August, the 38th Veranos de la Villa Festival, brings concerts, plays, dance shows, zarzuela, circus, exhibitions, as well as children’s activities to 22 venues around the city.
The summer festival, which is organised by Madrid’s Regional Department for Culture, Tourism and Sport, has chosen this year’s theme to be “Madrid has won our hearts” and brings to together a programme featuring more than 70 national and international shows – by artists from a far apart as Germany, Canada, South Korea, France, India, Italy, Morocco, Peru, and Uruguay – to showcase Madrid as a leading international destination for the arts and culture.
International names such as Jane Birkin, John Malkovich, José Luis Gómez, Antonio Najarro, Omara Portuondo, and Andrés Salado will be performing in the evening and in addition the newly remodelled Plaza España will be featuring a 70s style roller disco at night.
Other standouts include a parade by Lumen whose lit up articulated figures will begin their journey in front of the Royal Opera House on Plaza de Isabel II and make their way through the Plaza de Oriente, finishing up in Plaza de España, for an evening of light and sound, through an interactive musical and movement narrative.
Madrid’s own musical genre of Zarzuela light opera also has pride of place, with a double bill in August with shows by the Compañía Teatral Clásicos de la Lírica, who will present a new version of La Revoltosa, marking the 125th anniversary of its premier in the capital.
Then, on 19 and 30 August, in the courtyard known as the Claustro del Pozo at the Instituto San Isidro, tenor and conductor Enrique Viana will be performing Sereno!… Ábreme la Zarzuela. Alongside pianist Miguel Huertas, he will be revisiting the classics of the genre.