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In the Café de Chinitas / said Paquiro to his brother: / ‘I am braver than you / a better bullfighter and a better gypsy’. These are verses that Federico García Lorca wrote as a tribute to the oldest Café Chantant in Spain and direct ancestor of today’s flamenco venues known in Spain as tablaos: Café de Chinitas in Málaga, which, from 1857 to 1937, opened its doors to the general public and indeed to ruffians, offering them the purest and most genuine flamenco anywhere to be found.

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fabrik-copy_edited-1 Category: Entertainment
August 31, 2016

Madrid me mata (Madrid kills me). “La mítica noche Madrileña” (the legendary Madrid nightlife). “Mad City” (a reference to the crazy temperament of this wild town). La Movida Madrileña (the name of Madrid’s post-dictatorship no-holds-barred cultural revolution during the 70s and 80s).…

 
Madrid is the new Berlin Category: Entertainment
June 10, 2016

Yep. You heard it here first. The Spanish capital is experiencing a bit of a moment. Tough economic (not to mention political) times have spurred an awakening; driving more creativity, solidarity, and transformation on this city’s streets than ever. Berlin has been attracting the world’s drifting bohemian class for the better part of …

 
Cafe Pavón, La Latina Category: Entertainment, Shopping
April 19, 2016

La Latina is a labyrinth of bars, restaurants and bullish antiquarians. The sheer quantity of places on offer is staggering and, if you’re anything like me, when you enter into the over-filled fray you have absolutely no idea how to distinguish between the good and the bad. So why not consult the experts? While …

 
Julieta, Pedro Almodóvar Category: Entertainment
March 30, 2016

Pedro Almodóvar is set to release his latest film Julieta and once again the Spanish capital will be part of the characteristically eclectic backdrop. For decades, the Manchego maestro has weaved his cinematic stories through the streets of Madrid; capturing the city’s ever-changing tapestry of stark contrasts, colourful personalities and its gentle metamorphosis …

 
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