Hola, my friend! Let me take you on an extraordinary journey to one of the most captivating and culturally rich experiences I've ever had: the flamenco Christmas celebration known as Zambomba de Jerez!
Here in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), we call Zambomba to the Christmas celebrations, which here have a spellbinding flamenco flavor.
Imagine being in the heart of Jerez de la Frontera, among us local Spaniards, during the Christmas season, surrounded by the mesmerizing sounds of flamenco, and the joyous spirit of the holidays all around, dancing with us locals and having great fun!
You know, the Zambomba Flamenco Christmas Celebration is a cherished tradition here in Jerez (its place of origin), and it has become so renowned that it's recognized not just throughout Spain but internationally too.
But with its rising popularity, our elders are worried that the commercialization might compromise its soul. There is a concern that the traditional essence of theZambomba Flamenco Christmas Celebration might get lost in the process, especially with the commercialized versions you can find in bars, theaters, and venues.
If you're traveling to Spain to experience the true essence of our Zambomba Flamenco Christmas Celebration, finding it can be quite a challenge unless you have the expertise of a knowledgeable Spaniard like me by your side.
Without the right guidance, the authentic experience might elude you amidst the myriad of options. But fear not! With me as your guide, you'll unlock the hidden gems and immerse yourself in the genuine Zambomba magic.
As Director or our Flamenco Roots Program at Dances of the World Society, dedicated to safeguarding aspects of flamenco in dancer of extinction, I have been researching and filming our Zambomba Flamenco Christmas Celebration rituals since 2004. The experience of the Zambomba here in Jerez has fueled my creativity in ways I could not even imagined, providing a soulful experience that rejuvenates the spirit and fosters a greater appreciation for the beauty of life.
This is why I created my Flamenco Immersions Trips to Spain to share this extraordinary experience with a selected small group or extraordinary people. Our Flamenco Cultural Immersions are truly unique and transformative journeys into the heart of flamenco because you get to experience not only flamenco as an art form, but also you will experience flamenco beyond the stage, as a cultural heritage, a tradition, a way of life among us local Spaniards.
So, my friend, if you ever found yourself wishing to experience the authentic Zambomba in Jerez (its place of origin), make sure to check out our exclusive Zambomba Flamenco Christmas Immersion, which takes place during the first two weeks of December. It's truly an unforgettable experience, filled with the magic of flamenco, the warmth of the season, and the spirit of unity that transcends borders.
I only invite a selected small group of wonderful people open to an extraordinary experience and ready to be swept away by the rhythm, dazzled by the passion, and embraced by the warmth of the Andalusian spirit. ¡Vente pa Jerez! Let's experience the magic of Zambomba de Jerez together. You'll leave with a heart full of joy
*Special thanks to Hotel Palacio Garvey and Son del Sur