First ever Seville’s April Fair in Halifax!
Family friendly. All Welcome!
Light, colour and joy define Seville’s April Fair – an annual event that dates in which for a week, the joy of life is celebrated through dance, music, art and gastronomy. This April, join us for a series of events in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to bring a little bit of that Spanish flavour this side of the Atlantic.
Saturday, Apr 1, 2023, 2-4pm GET IN THE MOOD: FLAMENCO ESSENTIALS
Aurora Commons, Halifax. Free. Sold out!
Saturday, Apr 15, 2023, 1-3pm FLAMENCO FIESTA: GET READY
Mic Mac Aquatic Club, Dartmouth. Free. Sold out!
Saturday, April 29, 7pm
FIESTA AND SHOW, 7PM
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Rowe Hall
Enjoy the festive atmosphere and show, socialize, sample on complimentary Spanish snacks and get a drink at our cash bar.
Visit our Diorama and our Caseta (traditional festival pop-up tents, decorated in striped fabric, lights and flowers).
Watch local flamenco dancers get in the festival mood and dance “Sevillanas” Seville’s traditional folk dance.
8pm show – Enjoy a show with a stellar cast: Maria Osende, Rosanne Dion, Fernando Gallego, Jose Vega, Joyce Saunders
9pm Dance time – join the fun!
The Feria de Sevilla is a celebration of spring. We encourage everyone to dress up for the occasion!
For men: dark suits (evening) or light (daytime) are traditional or a dress shirt. Add a colourful tie and pocket handkerchief or carnation to make it truly special!
For women: bright colours, flowery patterns, shirts with midi length skirts, pants or any length summer or cheerful evening dresses are ideal.
FREE FAMILY FAIR DAY AND SHOW
1-2.30pm Discover the magic of flamenco
- 1-1.45pm Flamenco “Jamming por Bulerias” with your guest artists – How does the magic happen? How do the singer and dancer interact in a flamenco fiesta? Presented by Rosanne Dion along with Fernando Gallego and Jose Vega.
- 1.45pm Dance along with our flamenco dancers! Enjoy our Feria de Sevilla replica
- 1-2.30pm Kids corner – get creative Spanish Style
2.30pm The Show
Featuring Maria Osende, Rosanne Dion, Fernando Gallego, Jose Vega, Joyce Saunders. Enjoy a thrilling performance by these amazing artists. A show you cannot miss!
Artistic Director and Dancer
Award-winning dancer, Maria Osende started dancing at the age of seven. Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Osende became a professional Ballet Dancer in her late teens, first joining the Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid, followed by the Berlin Ballet in Germany. After a decade of dancing professionally in these two major ballet companies, Osende chose to focus on flamenco.
In 2003 she moved to Halifax and since has been the motor behind Halifax’s Flamenco scene though her activities as artistic director of Atlantic Flamenco and through her flamenco and ballet dance school.
Her company “Maria Osende Flamenco Co.” has toured extensively in the Maritimes and across Canada. Under her artistic direction, Atlantic Flamenco produced the Atlantic Flamenco Festival (2008-2019), the FUSE Festival, the Flamenco Nights Performance Series and now, the first “Seville’s April Fair in Halifax“
Dion has been working in the world of Flamenco dance for over 24 years. She lived in Spain for six years, where she studied with the greatest masters of Madrid and Jerez de la Frontera.
Dion has performed in many festivals across Canada and Europe. Her career has led her to dance all over Quebec as well as in Ontario (Toronto, London, Ottawa, etc.), the United States, France and in Spain. She currently resides in Montréal where she runs her dance school and flamenco dance company. Find out more at:
Joyce is a versatile singer of multiple genres. Her journey has taken her from Nova Scotia to Spain to study flamenco in-depth. Joyce has been our flamenco lead singer for the past decade, performing with the Maria Osende Flamenco Co. and at the Flamenco Nights Performance Series. Besides, Joyce has performed various types of music, including original songs, music for family audiences, and church gatherings.
FERNANDO GALLEGO “EL BANCALERO”
Beginning his career at the age of 9, Fernando has since performed in several flamenco bars and ferias on the Iberian Peninsula. He has accompanied several great masters such as La Tati, Manolo Marín and Curro Sendra. He shared the bill with other great singers such as Manuel Moneo and María del Mar Fernández and performed for three consecutive years at the Flamenco Festival of Montreal (2012, 2013, 2014) and two years in a row at the Flamenco Festival of Toronto (2012, 2013). He has also collaborated with the group Jorge Miguel Flamenco.
José Vega’s passion for flamenco began years ago in his hometown of Cadiz, Spain. At the age of sixteen, José began performing in the flamenco bars and tablaos of Cadiz, and throughout Andalusia. José has performed in the most prestigious peñas (flamenco clubs) and tablaos (concert halls) in Spain, including Peña la Perla de Cadiz and Tablao Cordobes (Barcelona).
He has collaborated with many different flamenco companies across Canada and has consistently received a warm reception from the Canadian public.
We would like to thank RBC Wealth Management
for being our event sponsor on Saturday & Sunday, April 29, 30.
Every year, in the start of spring, a week after Semana Santa (Easter), Seville, the capital of Andalusia, celebrates the La Feria de Abril also known as “Seville’s April Fair” and “Spring Festivities”. This joyful event that turns the city into a celabration.
If you are just coming to the flea market, you don’t need a ticket! drop by anytime