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14th April 2016


Soy Flamenco – Music & Dance

José Fernández Torres, known as Tomatito (born Almería, 1958), is a Spanish flamenco guitarist who made his name accompanying famed flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla, considered one of the all time greatest flamenco singers.

Tomatito is one of the most well-known performers of  “nouveau flamenco”, a mix of gypsy, jazz and world music.

He has played support to Elton John in Madrid, toured with pianist Chano Dominguez, played along side Frank Sinatra, and teamed up with Neneh Cherry to record a version of her hit “Woman”.
His music is a unique mix of flamenco, jazz, Brazilian, and even Turkish music and he has played on some of the most important stages in the world delivering his own personal style of flamenco-jazz.


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s a theatre!

Le Théâtre de l’Archipel‬

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s a theatre!

By Henry Shaftoe

The Théâtre de l’Archipel has landed in Perpignan and its autumn/winter season is a real treat.
Looking somewhat like the leftovers from an abandoned space station, or the giant contents of a child’s toy box tipped on to a site by the river Têt, the Théâtre de l’Archipel is in fact a recent project by celebrity French architect Jean Nouvel.

Love or hate the exterior look of the place, the auditoria it contains are excellent and the shows put on there are of the highest international standard. The biggest auditorium in the complex is called “Le Grenat” (the maroon blob in the picture) and I admit it took me a while to realise that this is a blatant visual reference to Perpignan’s reputation as the centre of garnet jewellery-making.

This is one of the finest performing arts complexes in France, with a performance programme to match, so if you have not already checked it out, I urge you to do so. More information at www.theatredelarchipel.org or call in (between 12.00 and 18.30) for their free 100 page brochure.

By Courtney O’Brien-Brown

There is an exciting new addition to the Perpignan skyline. If you have been to Perpignan in the last few months you would have noticed a large construction along Avenue Général Leclerc and a giant concrete bubble. This bubble is ‬now‪ ‘the grenat,’ a large theatre space accommodating 1100 guests and the venue of the Théâtre de l’Archipel. Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, the theatre will bring a touch of prestige to the previously rundown edge of the city.‬

‪The new theatre and cultural precinct is designed to be an artistic & cultural hub for the city. Welcoming local and international artists, it is hoped the precinct will encourage a spirit of multiculturalism and social tolerance.‬

‪There is something for everyone in the season line-up including theatre, dance, circus, opera, classical & contemporary music, as well as a special programme for children. Some of the artists performing include Eric Cantona, Thomas Dutronc and Yael Naim. Ticket prices range from 11€ to 40€.‬

‪For ticket and performance information you can visit the theatre website: www.theatredelarchipel.org Here you will be able to read more about “the grenat” and take a virtual tour of the site.‬



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Le Grenat, Théâtre de l’Archipel
‪Avenue Général Leclerc‬ Perpignan + Google Map
04 68 62 62 00‬