Announcing the Second Annual Seville’s April Fair in Halifax in 2024!
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. On April 26 and 27, 2024 join us for our second annual celebration of spring Spanish style at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
This was our 2023 April Fair
In 2023, Atlantic Flamenco embarked on a landmark project, creating and producing the inaugural Seville’s April Fair in Halifax. This initiative marked a unique adaptation of the internationally renowned fair, brought to life under the creative direction of our Artistic Director.
To generate excitement leading up to the fair, AF hosted two engaging free afternoon events. “Get in the Mood,” held on April 1 at the Aurora North Church Parish in Halifax, featured a Spanish-themed hall with crafts for kids, snacks, a Seville fairground diorama, live music, and a dance and singing workshop. On April 15, the Mic Mac Aquatic Club in Dartmouth set the stage for another lively pre-fair event, “Get Ready for the Feria,” which included the addition of a flamenco flea market.
The main events hosted at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 were a success and included two performances featuring local flamenco artist Joyce Saunders, Karen Staples, Alanna Macintyre and wendy Bona and guest artists Rosanne Dion, Fernando Gallego and Jose Vega and our artistic director Maria Osende. The event was covered by CTV, Radio Canada and CBC’s National News.
The total attendance surpassed 900, as Halifax embraced the vibrant atmosphere of its first-ever “Seville’s April Fair in Halifax.” Notably, snippets from Sunday’s matinee were featured on CTV, CBC’s National News and Radio Canada, granting national recognition to this cultural celebration.
The success of this event is a testament to the dedication of numerous volunteers and ambassadors who generously contributed their time and energy. Their collaborative efforts made the first Seville’s April Fair in Halifax a resounding success, and we extend our sincere thanks for their invaluable contributions. This achievement truly reflects the spirit and commitment of AF and its community.
Check CTVs special feature of our pre-fair event: “GET IN THE MOOD” this past April at the Mic Mac Aquatic Club in Dartmouth
Special recognition goes to Rosa Milito from Heritage Workshop Studio, a vital member of our creative team, for her visually captivating venue design. The design captured iconic elements of Seville’s fair, including red and white lanterns, a horse-drawn carriage, and the renowned casetas known for hosting entertainment during the fair.
Grateful for the generous support, AF received funding for the Seville’s April Fair from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Communities Culture and Heritage. Our event Sponsor for the main event was RBC Wealth Management.
Family friendly. All Welcome!
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, 2023
FIESTA AND SHOW
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Rowe Hall
7pm – Enjoy the Feria
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.
Enjoy a show with a stellar cast: Maria Osende, Rosanne Dion, Fernando Gallego, Jose Vega, Joyce Saunders
9pm Dance time – join the fun!
Sunday, April 30
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!
We would like to thank RBC Wealth Management
for being our event sponsor on Saturday & Sunday, April 29, 30.