JEREZ is alive with the sound of clapping, castanets and stomping.

Which can only mean one thing; the annual Flamenco Festival is underway.

It is one of the most important flamenco festivals in Andalucia with a rich programme boasting internationally renowned stars.

In its 16-year history the festival has become famous for unveiling colourful new shows.

There is also a programme of courses and workshops being held for anyone who feels inspired to join in.

The festival runs from February 24 to March 10.