The Cante de las Minas Foundation has released today the names of applicants to get one of the precious awards contests International Festival del Cante de las Minas de La Unión in its 54th year this year 2014.
At first, they formalized their registration for contests of song, guitar and dance Flamenco performer, more than 170 artists, the jury made a pre-selection of 50 contestants.
Of these 50 shortlisted for a test, they have gone to the semifinals a total of 28 artists.
All were presented to some of the 7 a test held between June and July, in different parts of Spain, as Albacete, Granada, Valladolid, Sagunto, Murcia or Madrid.
By types, 15 singers aspire to be the "Mining Lamp," the most precious award in the world of flamenco;
3 guitarists compete for the "Bordon Miner";
6 dancers fight for the "uprooting";
and 4 instrumentalists do so on the "Reef".
As for the origin of the contestants in the first place is Seville, from where the 28 candidates 7.
It follows Cadiz, ranked 5.
Tie, with 3 artists each, the provinces of Huelva, Malaga and Almeria;
Cordoba and Madrid two remain, and one with both Barcelona and Tarragona and Ciudad Real.
Furthermore, for this occasion, the Executive Committee of the Foundation Cante de las Minas has decided that the festival jury will be composed of:
Blanca Avila Molina, "White King".
Dancer and choreographer Cordoba, who has taken his art worldwide.
It is a flamenco show "National Award for Flamenco" by Flamencology University of Jerez, and owner of the legendary "The Moorish corral" of Madrid.
Juan Verdu Zabía.
Festival Director "SUMA Flamenca" in Madrid.
Journalist and writer, expert in the world of flamenco.
Ramón Díaz Soler.
Malaga and mathematics teacher, has devoted many years of his life to the Flemish research.
He is the author of several books on the subject.
Antonio Parra Pujante.
Writer, journalist and flamenco.
BA in Philosophy and a PhD in Communication Sciences, holds today as a professor at the University of Murcia.
She combines her teaching with writing, delving into his role as expert in flamenco.
Are regular collaborations with the International Festival del Cante de las Minas.
José Carlos Zaplana.
Known popularly as Pepe La Union Cros, is son of the great Pencho Cros, three times winner of the Mining lamp this festival, and reference and master of all lovers of these songs.
Joseph Cros has inherited the artistic legacy of his father, and his extensive knowledge of mining songs.
The secretary of the Jury will be Antonio Gómez Pérez, professor of Literature in Secondary Education, which holds teaching at a school in La Union, and is also a great lover of flamenco.
The 28 candidates will perform on 13, 14 and 15 August in the Cathedral Chant to get a place in the final of the Festival.