Our city’s nine days of flamenco love begin Saturday, Oct. 12.

Oak Cliff neighbor Julia Alcantara, a dancer whose obsession with Flamenco started more than 20 years ago, started the Oak Cliff Flamenco Festival in 2015.

The festival brings highly regarded instructors in the Flamenco arts to perform and teach in Dallas. This year, it’s a dancer from San Diego and two musicians from Spain — a singer and a guitarist. They offer group and private lessons during the festival, which runs through Oct. 20.

Opportunities to get involved include “paella y pasión” this Sunday at Spinster Records, and next week, movie night at Mercado 369, the “Bishop Arts barrage,” and the grand finale showcase.