Noche Flamena  28 Aug is postponed until further notice due to the Lockdown restrictions. Keep safe and be creative ...Learn Flamenco Dance or Guitar. Offerong online classes now.

Saturday 14th August

Open from 5 pm, Music 7 pm onwards

371, West Coast Road     -    09 213 0559 - For table bookings


Welcome to this month’s Spanish Flamenco Night - Musical Journey through Andalusia on 31 July, Harmony Hall, 4 Wynyard Street, Devonport. Join us as we start our Flamenco journey in Seville and visit musical styles from the different towns such as Granada, Almeria, Malaga to name  a few. This month's performers include Maria Elena, Rebecca Cookson, Irina, Nom Kohara, Terri K Brown , Guy Steward and guests. Doors open 7 pm. Show starts 8 pm. BYO and bring a plate if you like. This event is proudly presented by Flamenco NZ (founded 1992). For bookings email John on or phone 022 601 0798. Tickets $20.00. Book now to avoid missing out.

Taking bookings now!!! for the June Noche Flamenco Show- Memories of the Alhambra. Be transported back in time to the Alhambra Moorish Palace in Granada, Spain 1492. It was a meeting place of different cultures, the arts, music and dance. Enjoy a night of Live guitar, enchanting violin, evocative songs , rhythms as well as passionate Flamenco Dance and exotic Belly Dance. BYO and bring a plate of tapas to share while listening to music by candlelight. Book now to avoid missing out. Limited seating. Hope to see you there at our monthly Flamenco event.

Live Flamenco Guitar at Cafe Oro - Maria Elena - Flamenco Guitarist

Book now to secure a table: 09 213 0559 - Open from 5 pm. Live music 7 pm onwards, 371 West Coast Road,

SOLD OUT !!! - Flamenco NZ presents Noche Flamenca, the first of monthly Spanish Flamenco nights. 29 May 7 -10.30 pm. Venue: Harmony Hall, 4 Wynyard Street, Devonport. Featuring Krasna Martinic (Dance & Song), Oden Pemberton (Flamenco Guitar), Maria Elena (Guitar and Song), Alexandra Laubli (Violin), Kay Brown (Dance) & Chloe Davison (Palmas & Dance). Door opens at 6.30 pm. Open Mic 7- 7.30pm. Show starts at 8 pm. BYO and bring a plate. Tickets:$ 20.00. Venue: Harmony Hall, 4 Wynyard Street, Devonport. Great value. Support your local Flamencos. For bookings phone John: 022 6010798. Door Sales but seats limited.

        John 022 6010 79

Flamenco NZ presents ...La Guitarra, an evening of Live Flamenco Music, Dance and Poetry … entertaining, charming, passionate and profound. Inspired by the poem La Guitarra from The Gypsy Ballads, the show is homage to Federico García Lorca, one of Spain's greatest poets and playwrights. This show is part of the Auckland Fringe Festival 2021. The sequel to The Lament of the Guitar show, which sold out in October. Local and international performers. Venue: TAPAC, 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs. Dates: 25, 26, 27 February. Time: 6-7 pm.  SOLD OUT !!!

This event is made with proud support from the Embassy of Spain in New Zealand

Sunday Concert Series: Sold Out!!!

The Lament of the Guitar - El Llanto de la Guitarra

by The Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead

Date: 18 October 2020

Time: 6.00 pm -8.00 pm

Location: 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough


The Wallace Arts Trust is proud to present an evening of live Flamenco Guitar, Violin, Dance, Song & Poetry...entertaining,charming, light, romantic, profound.

The Flamenco Recital, created by Maria Elena, Flamenco NZ, is named after and inspired by the poem La guitar by Federico Garcia Lorca and is an homage to one of Spain’s greatest poets and playwrights.

Performers include Maria Elena (Guitar & Song), Alexandra Laubli (Violin), Krasna Martinic Ristori (Dance), Oden Pemberton (Guitar), Kay Brown (Dance & Narrator) & Daniel Fernadez (Poetry Recital)


 Tierra y Mar nationwide Flamenco Tour  

23/1/2020  Auckland Q Theatre Loft

24/1/2020 Auckland Q Theatre Loft


Book launch, Orewa Library

12 Moana Avenue, Orewa

26 Oct 2019

Author Rosa Gaete

Flamenco Guitar : Maria Elena

Poetry recital: Daniel Fernandez

Flamenco Workshop in Auckland with Paco Lara from Jerez via Australia Oct 20

Alma Flamenca Dance Company performing  “Ida y Vuelta” at the Hawkes Bay Arts Festival 22 Oct 2019

Live Flamenco Guitar & Percussion

Viva la Primavera !!!

Sat 21 September 2019

 7-9 pm

 Tasca Restaurant Newmarket

Come and celebrate the end of winter and the start of spring. Viva la Primavera !!! Enjoy the exquisite Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine of Tasca and be entertained by Spanish Flamenco Guitarist Maria Elena and Percussionist Steve Cournane.

Maria Elena bringing Flamenco to the Cook Islands, April 2019Kia Orana


Great show and launch of Paul Bsauder’s album Tierra Y Mar. Shows Sold Out in Auckland and Nelson!! Congratulations

Congratulations Campbell Jin on passing Grade 8 Classical Guitar, Dec 2018  !!!

Live Flamenco in West Auckland this Friday at the Shaky Isles restaurant with Maria Elena


Flamenco NZ - Flamenco de Tierra y Mar Nuevo - Student Performance at the Multicultural Expo 8 August 2017

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Diego el  Cigala and his band including Diego Morao at WOMAD 19 March 2016. An incredible performance.

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Flamenco NZ performance at the Lakeside Multicultural Festival in Takapuna, 13 March 2016 - Flamenco de Tierra Y Mar Nuevo - with Maria Elena, Kay Brown and Campbell Jin


Flamenco Guitar workshop with Paul Bosauder 27 Feb 2016

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Isabel Rivera in Mis Latidos, Q theatre 23,24 Feb, 2016. “Mis Latidos” (My Heartbeat) is a Flamenco music project with musicians from Spain and New Zealand.  Isabel Rivera Cuenca (Dance), Paul Bosauder (Guitar) , Albert Cases El Gato (Cante), Claire Cowan (Cello) and Ian Sinclair (Guitar). An amazing show with amazing artists!!!

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The Auckland International Multicultural Festival, 29 March 2015



Performance at the Lakeside Multicultural Festival Takapuna, 22 March 2015

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Also visit  the Flamenco NZ FaceBook

Flamenco Dance and Cajon Work shops with

Francesca La Chica and Andrej Vujicic from Puerto Flamenco -

 Don’t miss this opportunity !

24 -28 Feb, Auckland

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Flamenco NZ wishes you Happy New Year and Best wishes for 2015!!!

Con Mucho Flamenco ....with  lots of Flamenco.

Guitar Classes are starting again from 10 January and Flamenco Dance Classes for Term 1

will commence 1 Feb.

Taking enrollments now !!!

(See Time Table)

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Marina Tamayo , Director of Flamenco Australia , and resident artist from Spain Jesus Olmedo delighted us with a brief workshop in December while they were visiting New Zealand.

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Congratulations to Campbell who passed the Grade 5 Classical Guitar exam  from the ABRSM (Royal Schools of Music, London) in November. He will continue to play the guitar and is aiming for Grade 7 as well as studying  more Flamenco.

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Spanish Night at Bellota Restaurant with Peter Gordon, Master Chef

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Nik and Maria Elena entertaining at  a Spanish Party, Kohimarama, Auckland

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Maria Elena performing at the Spanish Basque Night, Parnell  July 4 and August 29, 2014

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Auckland Theatre Company (New Zealand) with Okareka Dance Company (New Zealand) presents:


The Paniora are a hapū with Spanish blood coursing through their veins.

Prosperous and proud, the Martinez family lives in an elegant homestead where

they speak Spanish, cook tapas and dance flamenco...


More amazing Flamenco…the great Flamenco guitarist

 Paco Pena 15 & 16 April, Takapuna, Auckland.

ITRAN Flamenco Project at the Q Theatre 4 & 5 April. Starring: Paul Bosauder, Cristina Lopez and Isabel Rivera.

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The greatest Flamenco guitarist of all time, Paco de Lucia, the legend …. Your music will live on forever.  Thank you Maestro.


Maria Elena at Tasca March 8 2014

Cine Flamenco, a great chance to meet some other flamencos.

Next movie Thursday 24 January 7.30 - 9pm. Introductory talk by Maria Elena, Footage of: Sevillanas by Carlos Saura, Extra footage of Sevillanas and of the most famous Flamenco dancer of all times: Carmen Amaya. Venue to be confirmed. Fee $7.50, BYO

All the way from Jerez de la Frontera, Maria Bermudez will be coming to New Zealand in December. All levels - Don't miss the opportunity.

A Taste of Seville- Authentic Flamenco Cante (Song) by Juan Vega from Seville accompanied on guitar by local Flamenco Artist Maria Elena…_Life Flamenco at Tango Restaurant, Grey Lynn, Auckland. 19 May, 2012.

Juan y Pedro , dynamic duo

Performing for the WAGs (Wives and girlfriends of the Vodaphone Warriors) at Bellota Spanish Restaurant June 2012. Juan Vega, Pedro Pasion, MariaElena and Kay Brow

Bulgaria got Talent – Congratulations to Daniela and Mira who got into the finals with Gypsy Kings song and dance : La Rumba de Nicolas !!!

Multi Cultural Lakeside Festival Takapuna 2012. Life Flamenco show by Juan Vega, Maria Elena, Kay Brown and Jose Maria

Happy 2012 from Auckland, to all Flamenco aficionados in NZ and the rest of the world !!!

Here is to a year full of Flamenco Fuego and Passion. Flamenco NZ is now on Facebook.



Flamenco NZ at the Auckland Multicultural Day - July 2011

Moraito Chico…A great Flamenco guitar maestro passed away 10 August 2011.

“Jerez y toda Espana te llora. Moraito… que Dios lo tenga en su Gloria… un buen gitano”

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Congratulations !!! … to guitar students Victor He for achieving Distinction in Grade V Trinity College and Ben de Konink for passing Grade III with the same excellent results .

Live Flamenco Performance at the Auckland Classical Guitar Society- Flamenco recital by Maria Elena and student performance, 7.30 pm 10 July 2011

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March 2011... The amazing Flamenco Group Arte Kanela!

consisting of brothers Johnny ( Baile - Dance) and Richard Tedesco ( Guitar), the beautiful Chantelle Cano ( Baile - Dance) and Manolo Varela ( Cante_ Singing) will be in Auckland in March 2011 for two amazing performances. They will also be conducting Guitar and Dance workshops for upper- intermediate to advanced levels. An event not to be missed.

2010 - two exciting Flamenco workshops !

Date: Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 January

Venue: Tpac (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre), Western Springs, Auckland

Tutors: Paul Bosauder (Guitar) and Cristina Lopez (Cante) directly from Spain ! 

Arte Kanela at Womad Festival: 13-15 March 2009

Arte Kanela will be performing at the Womad Festival in Taranaki: 13-15 March 2009

Tierra Flamenca Tour of NZ 2008

Next Noche de Flamenco:

26 September - Life Flamenco Guitar precedes the movie: Camaron La Pelicula. This movie is about the life of the legendary Flamenco singer Jose Monje Cruz "Camaron de la Isla". In Spanish with English subtitles.

31st October - Flamenco Spring Fiesta. Fiesta de la Primavera. Venue to be confirmed

19th December - End of the Year Fiesta.

The Flamenco Nights are held in small intimate venues. Booking essential!

August 18th 2008 EVENT

Sevillanas workshop with Alba Ruiz from Cordoba, Spain. Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August 2008. For more info see events page.

Noche de Flamenco July 27th 2008... Ole!!!

On July 27th flamenco aficionados got together in Devonport, Auckland, to celebrate a night of Flamenco. The Noche Flamenco was a memorable event. Despite the stormy weather many people turned up. The night started off with some evocative Flamenco Guitar sounds while people tried out a variety of "Spanish" dishes. The evening continued with a Flamenco Dance Show by Maria Elena and students of the Flamenco NZ Guitar and Dance School. It didn’t take long for a spontaneous Juerga to start in which even the waiters joined in.



November 2007


Hola! Que tal?...

It’s great to be back. I must admit and confirm something I already knew: Spain is a very exciting place. There is no need to get bored. Besides the beautiful architecture, first class wines, tasty tapas, colourful passionate people you can find flamenco everywhere in Andalusia. It’s a true Flamenco paradise. It wasn’t unusual to hear some guy on the street singing flamenco or young people waiting for the train doing palmas. You could even discus Flamenco

with the average taxi driver in Andalusia. I got my fortune told, before I even realised it, by a young gypsy woman on the streets of Seville. Highlights definitely were meeting family, friends and other Flamencos, seeing my favourite guitarist Tomatito in concert on the beach in Malaga, watching gypsy flamenco dancer Jose Maya in action, driving the Andalusian Express Train, seeing the magnificent Giralda Tower all lit up at night, visiting the enchanting

Moorish Palaces of the Alhambra in Granada, eating boquerones in a chiringuito on the beach of Puerto de Santa Maria, meeting a Matador, even bringing back the Virgen of Rocia in my suitcase and more... Well, I am totally inspired and ready to start new Flamenco classes. Vamos a bailar ...So let’s dance flamenco, ole! Term 4 is starting soon. Hope you had a nice break. Hasta pronto!


July 2007

Hola every body,

Just a note to let you know what’s happening in term 3. As you might know Maria is off to summer, going to Holland, Belgium, France and Spain on the 20th of July to catch up with family, friends and Flamenco. She will be back in NZ on the 1st of September with the latest dance moves and Flamenco updates. In the meantime we do not want you to miss out on classes. Please check out the dance page for more information on our July workshops.

Also Term 3 Dance classes are starting soon on Sunday 22 July. Enrolments are taken now for the workshops and dance classes. So get rid of the midwinter blues and shape up for summer with Flamenco. Get ready for our end of the year performance. While Maria is away classes will be taken by Bojana Stojadinovic and Kay Brown.

At the end of term 4 there will be a student performance. (More details later). Flamenco NZ would also like to give the opportunity to several students to join the Flamenco NZ performance team.

Look forward to seeing you all soon

Hasta la Vista,

Maria Elena


28th June 2007

Welcome to the new website for Flamenco NZ. We have added some new content and updated the info. We will be updating this page to inform you about up and coming Flamenco NZ events as well as providing you with news of the flamenco scene world wide.


Watch this space for up and coming events and news.