Literally translated, the peÃ±as flamencas are flamenco clubs. However, they are much more than that. Their aim is to promote flamenco and to educate those who are interested in learning more. Many peÃ±as count on a body of members who organize fiestas, competitions and flamenco investigation. In practice, they are usually bars open to members and non-members alike, and where various artists, flamencologists and “aficionados” can get together.
The first peÃ±a flamenca founded is dedicated to the late singer Juan Breva. Founded in the late 1950s, it boasts over 200 members including artists such as Miguel de los Reyes, Pepito Vargas, Pepe de Campillos, El Tiriri; flamencologists such as Salvador Lopez, Gonzalo Rojo, Jose Luque Navajas and a large number of aficionados. Despite many years in operation the peÃ±a still remains active in promoting, investigating and in providing artists an opportunity to perform.