Today is World Tourism Day, and while each year I post about a week’s worth of events being held in Tenerife to celebrate and promote tourism (THIS was last year’s, for example), this year feels more like looking into a pit of charred remains from burnt offerings to the gods of covid.
And yet, life goes on, and sometimes chaos and disruption give a spur to the most traditional things. Two that are very traditional in Spain are the main national art museum, a Spanish National Gallery if you like, and flamenco. Many might not see too many connections between them, but they have produced this dance interpretation of artistic masterpieces in a way that enlivens both.
The Arts and Humanities have often in the past faced criticism for being woolly, fudgy, “cultural” (said in a sneery tone), not proper subjects like maths … and science. And yet here we are in a time of table turning that would make Victorian seances swoon, with science denied and derided on all sides by what seems like an unstoppably increasing number wearing tinfoil hats, while arts and humanities facilities like theatres and museums, struggling like never before with virtually zero visitor numbers, are being inventive, looking forward, offering different perspectives and a context linking past and present.
That’s the job of the Humanities, of course. It used to be my own profession, and so I am delighted to see this, today of all days. The genius of both Flamenco and Spanish fine art … enjoy.
Museo del Prado y Flamenco se juntan por el Día Mundial del Turismo, en defensa de la cultura como vínculo que une y supera las fronteras. Con la colaboración de la Asociación de Tablaos Flamencos de Madrid #Reencuentro pic.twitter.com/KsdUMyD1uq— Museo del Prado (@museodelprado) September 27, 2020