Tablao

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Advertisement of the tablao Café de Chinitas, Madrid.

A tablao (colloquial term for the Spanish "tablado", floorboard) is a place where flamenco shows are performed. Developed during the sixties of the 20th century throughout Spain replacing the "cafés cantantes" (cabarets).

The "cafés cantantes" were entertainment establishments where, in addition to serving drinks, offered performances of singing, playing and dancing flamenco. These cafés had its peak from mid-19th century and well into the second decade of the 20th century.

The "cafés cantantes" used to have all the same decorative style: walls decorated with bullfighting posters and mirrors in a large room with tables, and at the back which was the tablao where artists offer their shows

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