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Federico García Lorca was a famous Spanish poet and theater director. He published numerous volumes of poetry during his lifetime. His lyrical work often incorporates elements of Spanish folklore, Andalusian flamenco and Gypsy culture, and cante jondo, while exploring themes of romantic love and tragedy.

Federico García Lorca was born near Granada in Fuente Vaqueros. He studied law at Granada University before relocating to Madrid in 1919. In Madrid, he was part of a group of avant-garde artists known as the Generación del 27, that included artist such as Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Rafael Alberti, Jorge Guillén, and Pedro Salinas. Around this time, García Lorca was introduced to surrealism, a movement that would greatly influence his writing.

With the publication of his Romancero Gitano, García Lorca received significant critical and popular attention. The following year, he travelled to New York City, where he found a connection between Spanish cante jondo and African American spirituals.

When he returned to Spain in 1930, García Lorca cofounded La Barraca, a travelling theater company that performed both Spanish classics and his plays in small town squares. Despite the threat of a growing fascist movement in Spain, García Lorca refused to hide his leftist political views. García Lorca’s homosexuality and political affiliations likely rendered him a target for nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War.

In August 1936, at the onset of the Spanish Civil War, García Lorca was arrested in Granada by Francisco Franco’s soldiers. He was executed by a firing squad a few days later, and his body was never found. 

As part of our programme for non-native Spanish teachers we offer a 1 or 2 wks monographic course related to Federico García Lorca. The programme combines an Intensive 20 Spanish course (Level C1/C2) with cultural activities related to Lorca's life in Granada. For further information have a look at the course progamme.

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