International performing arts festival the Flamenco Biennial has been nominated for the Amsterdam Prize for The Arts 2019 of the Amsterdams Fund For the Arts [AFK] in the category Greatest Achievement

The AFK annually awards the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts to artists or institutions that ‘have made a special and stimulating contribution to art in the capital’. The Dutch Flamenco Biennial is nominated for the prize in the Greatest Achievement category. The winners of these prizes for ‘extraordinary contributions to Amsterdam culture’ will be announced in a ceremony on 15 October. The winners receive 35,000 euros and a trophy from the city of Amsterdam.

Jury chair of the ‘Amsterdamprijs’, Simone Weimans, announced the nominees in the official residence of the mayor of Amsterdam: ‘With our selection of these nine nominees we have tried to do justice to the huge diversity in terms of genres and excellent makers in our city. Creating their work with boundless energy, great skill and often scarce resources, they make exceptional contributions to Amsterdam culture.’

‘All nine nominees wield great cultural power because they all go their own way and have their own methods, which are greatly appreciated in the city of Amsterdam and beyond,’ said AFK director Annabelle Birnie during the presentation last night. ‘They dedicate themselves to art and culture in the city, with the city or about the city. Amsterdam's DNA is inextricably present in their work, which is seen by Amsterdam residents and visitors from far and wide.’

From the jury report:
‘The Dutch Flamenco Biennial was founded in 2006 by Spanish linguist Ernestina van de Noort. She has succeeded in creating a top quality and highly diverse festival programme that transcends the flamenco genre as most people know it. The Biennial audience clearly enjoys its mixture of classical and contemporary music and dance. Over the years, the Biennial has gained great fame, and a growing number of venues in the Netherlands, Belgium and Slovenia have committed themselves to it. The festival is so adventurous that they are eager to get involved. Its crossing of boundaries of a musical and dance form that goes back almost two centuries is all due to Ernestina van de Noort's perseverance. With incredible determination Van de Noort has managed to bring top-drawer flamenco of many flavours to the stage year after year.’

The Flamenco Biennial presents flamenco as a contemporary art form that is in constant flux, is open to influences from other cultures and disciplines and is not afraid to break new ground. Since 2011 it has done so with its own creations and co-productions. The leading biennial international performing arts festival showcases the latest developments in flamenco and brings together original makers, world renowned stars and young trailblazing talent. As a result it has become one of the main stages in the world for cross-over and innovative flamenco art. The Flamenco Biennial has grown into a festival showing cutting-edge flamenco, with over 50 performances and concerts in every edition.