After 140 years, Madrid flamenco venue Villa-Rossa closes amid COVID-19 restrictions

The Villa-Rosa is a landmark of the Madrid neighborhood Las Letras, known for its nightlife.

The Associated Press March 05, 2021 13:13:43 IST
After 140 years, Madrid flamenco venue Villa-Rossa closes amid COVID-19 restrictions

Artists at one of Madrid’s best-known flamenco bars put on a final outdoor show Thursday, marking its closure after 140 years because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions that have shuttered entertainment venues.

After 140 years Madrid flamenco venue VillaRossa closes amid COVID19 restrictions

Spanish Flamenco dancer Anabel Moreno is given a rose outside the Villa Rosa Tablao flamenco venue during a protest in Madrid, Spain. Photo credit: AP Photo/Paul White.

After 140 years Madrid flamenco venue VillaRossa closes amid COVID19 restrictions

Spanish Flamenco dancer Anabel Moreno dances outside the Villa Rosa Tablao flamenco venue during a protest in Madrid, Spain. Photo credit: AP Photo/Paul White

A female flamenco dancer dressed in black performed in the street outside Villa-Rosa, while others threw flamenco costumes from balconies into the street and male singer Juañarito performed a flamenco song.

After 140 years Madrid flamenco venue VillaRossa closes amid COVID19 restrictions

Spanish Flamenco dancer Anabel Moreno poses with a rose outside the Villa Rosa Tablao flamenco venue before a protest in Madrid, Spain. Photo credit: AP Photo/Paul White

Others laid flowers at the venue’s entrance, lit candles and put up handwritten signs saying “RIP”

After 140 years Madrid flamenco venue VillaRossa closes amid COVID19 restrictions

A flamenco dress, dancing shoes, a guitar and candles are laid out in the entrance of the Villa Rosa Tablao flamenco venue during a protest in Madrid, Spain. Photo credit: AP Photo/Paul White

After 140 years Madrid flamenco venue VillaRossa closes amid COVID19 restrictions

A flamenco dancer dances between flamenco dresses and roses on the ground outside the Villa Rosa Tablao flamenco venue during a protest. Photo credit: AP Photo/Paul White

The Villa-Rosa, with its distinctive tiled facade, is a landmark of the Madrid neighborhood called Las Letras, known for its nightlife.

After 140 years Madrid flamenco venue VillaRossa closes amid COVID19 restrictions

Messages are displayed at the entrance of the Villa Rosa Tablao flamenco venue during a protest in Madrid, Spain. Messages in Spanish read 'Goodbye Villa Rose,' 'RIP Flamenco' and 'How sad another Tablao has to close'. Photo credit: AP Photo/Paul White

“The situation is now unsustainable, with so many overheads for a year with the bar closed without any (financial) assistance,” the flamenco show’s director, Rebeca Garcia, said. “It has forced us to take the drastic decision to shut down.”

— Feature image: Spanish Flamenco dancer Anabel Moreno dances outside the Villa Rosa Tablao flamenco venue as a woman comes to give her a rose during a protest in Madrid, Spain, Thursday 4 March, 2021. The National Association of Tablaos protested outside the mythical Villa Rosa Tablao which has been forced to close permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All photos by AP Photo/Paul White

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