Guimarães International Guitar Festival represents a commitment to the recognition of the city of Guimarães as a producer of creativity and new artistic creations, contributing to its positioning nationally and internationally.
Guimarães International Guitar Festival was idealized and founded by the Portuguese guitarist Nuno Cachada. It is promoted by Sociedade Musical de Guimarães.
It aims to reinforce the classical guitar strand in the musical scene, both in the pedagogical and formative context aiming to foster a new attitude to classical guitar, still little publicized as a soloist instrument.
This festival has the support of the Municipality of Guimarães, Creative Europe Program from European Union, as well as other entities such as several national and foreign universities.
Organized for the first time in 2014, it was immediately joined by more than a hundred young guitarists from all over the country, as well as from European countries such as Spain, Belgium and Germany, to participate in concerts, masterclasses, workshops and “Cidade de Guimarães” International Guitar Competition.
The following editions have led to reinforce these strands and even extend them to musicological research by holding conferences in partnership with the University of Minho and with specialized researchers in the field of guitar production.
Several emerging and world-renowned guitarists, pedagogues and researchers such asCostas Cotsiolis, Dejan Ivanović, Michalis Kontaxakis, Judicaël Perroy, Hubert Käppel, Danijel Cerovic, Dávid Pavlovits, Julia Trintschuk, Yuki Saito, Ricardo Barceló, Robert Trent, José Manuel Dapena, Pedro Rodrigues, Joaquim Simões, Andréa Roberto, Antero Pellikka, Dmytro Omelchak, Nicola Montella, Brian Head, Tiago Gil Oliveira, Carlos Piñuela, have been part of this festival throughout its five editions.
Guimarães International Guitar Festival is member of EuroStrings – European Guitar Festival Collaborative, the first platform in the guitar sector in Europe. This platform, co-funded by the Creative Europe Program from the European Union, contributes to the development of a vibrant and diverse European classical guitar scene which reflects shared values, preoccupations, and challenges of the 21st century experienced by every classical guitarist, especially a young emerging professional. This platform is to ensure that a modern and positive classical guitar vibe can be experienced by a broad range of audiences across Europe and worldwide.
The Eurostrings members are: Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Guimarães, Portugal; Paris International Guitar Festival, France; Antwerpen Gitaarfestival, Belgium; Internationales Gitarrenfestival Rust, Austria; Zagreb Guitar Festival, Croatia; Szeged Guitar Festival, Hungary; Sarajevo International Guitar Festival, BiH; Twents GitaarFestival, The Netherlands; Nikšić Guitar Festival, Montenegro; Tampere Guitar Festival, Finland; Sofia GuitArt Festival, Bulgaria; Tallinn Guitar Festival, Estonia; International Guitar Festival Mottola, Italy; International Festival Of Guitar José Tomás Villa De Petrer, Spain; International Guitar Festival Nuertingen, Germany; London Guitar Festival, UK.