Acclaimed flamenco artists featured in Spanish culture festival

The festival features acclaimed flamenco dancer Isaac Tovar and guitarist/singer Marija Temo, singing and dance classes, cooking demonstrations, Spanish dishes, wine, cocktails and more.
Tovar is an acclaimed dancer who is performing this week in “Fountain of Tears” with at the Detroit Opera House and lists Bizet’s Carmen at Lincoln Center as another of his recent performances. Courtesy Isaac Tovar Facebook

Credit: Courtesy Isaac Tovar Facebook

Credit: Courtesy Isaac Tovar Facebook

The festival features acclaimed flamenco dancer Isaac Tovar and guitarist/singer Marija Temo, singing and dance classes, cooking demonstrations, Spanish dishes, wine, cocktails and more. Tovar is an acclaimed dancer who is performing this week in “Fountain of Tears” with at the Detroit Opera House and lists Bizet’s Carmen at Lincoln Center as another of his recent performances. Courtesy Isaac Tovar Facebook

A Roswell restaurant will celebrate Spanish culture with a six-hour festival Saturday spotlighting the food, wine, music and arts of Seville, Spain.

Madrid Spanish Taverna and A Traves, a nonprofit for flamenco arts, will host the La Feria de Abril festival from 3-9 p.m. Saturday in the restaurant parking lot at Plum Tree Village, 1055 Canton Street.

The festival features acclaimed flamenco dancer Isaac Tovar and guitarist/singer Marija Temo. There will be singing and dance classes, cooking demonstrations, Spanish dishes, wine and more.

Tovar is an acclaimed dancer who performed last week in “Fountain of Tears” at the Detroit Opera House. Bizet’s “Carmen” at Lincoln Center is another of his recent performances.

Temo, a former dancer, serves as guitar chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and has performed with the Baltimore and Calgary symphony orchestras.

La Feria de Abril translates to April fair. Madrid Spanish Taverna’s festival models a weeklong annual event in Seville, Spain that celebrates spring, says co-owners Abe Ruiz and Swani Gonzalez.

Ruiz and Gonzalez moved to Roswell from Puerto Rico in 2018 and opened Madrid Spanish Taverna in 2021. Gonzalez said the restaurant was inspired by her childhood trips to Seville where she enjoyed cultural foods during visits with relatives.

“A Través launched La Feria online in 2021 as a virtual event, with flamenco dancers and musicians showcasing their craft through virtual classes and festivities, “Ruiz said. “They went to an in-person event last year with Madrid Spanish Taverna as a partner, about 130 people attended.”

The restaurant owners said they expect this year’s festival to draw even more attendees. It’s a ticketed event starting with general admission: $50 for adults, $25 for children.

General admission includes one glass of sangria or wine for adults and a souvenir glass.

Attendees can purchase tables for parties of four for $400, or eight for $800 which will be located close to the performance stage.

The table packages include paellas, wine, sangria tapas and Churros.

Visit the restaurant website for more information on the event and ticket packages at madridspanishtaverna.com/promotions.

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