After a three-year hiatus, the Irvine Barclay Theatre's New World Flamenco Festival will return to its Orange County stomping grounds for a weeklong event featuring home-grown and international artists.
From Monday to Sept. 25, Semana Flamenka — the ninth New World festival — will offer three main-stage concerts and three smaller-scale "fiestas" off-site at nightspots in Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach and Santa Ana.
"One thing that's different about this year is this is an originally produced production by the festival," said Doug Rankin, president of the Barclay and the festival's producer. "So, rather than engaging a company that's preexisting, we have engaged 14 artists from the United States and Spain."
Yaelisa Caminos, the festival's artistic director and creative mind behind the event, gathered a variety of celebrated musicians, dancers and singers, who have combined their talents to create these new shows.
"Basically, almost everyone in this group of fabulous artists has never performed on the Barclay stage and many of them have never performed together as a company," Caminos said. "So, it's both exciting and a challenge and the largest cast of performers we have ever presented here."