Showing @ Various venues from 1st Oct – 31st, Full details below. (many free events)

The rain’s been pouring and the temperature has dropped, there’s no denying that winter is asking us to embrace it. If you’ve decided to reject the freeze and let your mind wander to warmer climates then why not experience that right here in Edinburgh throughout October: the Hispanic Arts Festival has begun offering us a taste of Spanish culture and Latin fever to thaw our cold embittered Scottish hearts.

Whether you want to reminisce about holidays past, discover your own culture or merely learn something new then there is something for everyone. Main events over the course of the month include Spanish wine tasting, poetry readings and Chilean street art. With such a wide variety it’s worth checking out the programme, you might even learn a bit of flamenco.

The festival rounds off with the Scottish premiere of Rafael de Utrera’s Flamenco Vivo at the Queen’s Hall on the 30th. His unique musical sound, inspired and accompanied by his wife Carmen Lozano’s dance proves to bring a slice of Latin life to Edinburgh and bridge the gap between cultures.

For more information check out and we can bust the winter blues while integrating Hispanic culture into our own, in order to make something magical. Now if that doesn’t make you warm and fuzzy I’m not quite sure what will.

Full Programme Detail:

Friday 1st of October | Music Library | free event *

8.00pm Opening Ceremony with wine, tapas, talks by Spanish and Scottish artists and music featuring Lino Rocha, Carlos Arredondo, Jean Readpath, George Mcintyre and Alison

McMorland, singing Hamish Henderson’s ‘Rivonia’ and exhibition launch of Timothy Neat ‘El Duende /An Coynach | Old Spain & Auld Scotland’ (Oct-Nov Music Library) and

Michael Robson ‘Valencian and Scottish landscapes’ (Oct-Nov – Mounted at The Edinburgh Central Library)

Saturday 2nd of October | Music Library | free event *

5.30pm Lecture by Professor Nicholas Round: ‘Art, craft and guile in translating Spanish classical theatre’ with references to selected work by Tirso de Molina

Saturday 2nd of October | Music Library | free event *

7.00pm (Scottish premier) Poetry Reading of original poems by Nora Albert followed by a lecture on the relationship between Scottish romantic literature and Catalan literature

Saturday 2nd of October | Music Library | free event *

7.45pm Guitar Concert by outstanding Chilean Composer Galo Cerón

Friday 8th October | Scott’s Deli, Bruntsfield | Exhibition Launch | free event

7.30pm Photographic installation of Chilean street art by Tricia Muñoz ‘Valparaiso’

Saturday 9th of October | Alba Flamenca | £5

9.00pm Hispanic Festival Flamenco Peña. A flamenco fiesta for both professional and aficionados. Bring your frills and dancing shoes!

Friday 15th of October | Music Library | free event *

5.30pm Wine Tasting. Wines around Spain tasting provided by Ignacio Campos of Igg’s Restaurant and Barioja.

Saturday 16th of October | Alba Flamenca | £5

9.00pm Los Mac Kafres & Orkesta Simbólika. A fun cocktail of rumba and music ‘alimón’ perfect for a great dancing night out

Saturday 23rd October | St James Church, Leith | £5

7.30pm Carlos Arredondo (Chile) Morgan Szymanski (México) and Galvarino Cerón (Chile) ‘Independence Bicentenary Concert’

Friday 29th of October | Music Library | free event *

7.00pm Acclaimed Chilean singer songwriter Carlos Arredondo presents ‘Cancionero del Pueblo’, a kaleidoscopic repertoire of tunes sung by the people of Latin America

Saturday 30th of October | Queen’s Hall | £15/£12 (Cons)

8.00pm Rafael de Utrera’s ‘Flamenco Vivo’. Premiering in Scotland, Rafael showcases his luminous singing style whilst accompanied by the notable Carmen Lozano

Sunday 31st of October | Alba Flamenca | £25

10am -1.45pm Flamenco Master Classes: Dance, Singing, Guitar & Percussion led by Rafael de Utrera and his international flamenco company