The promotion of emerging young artists is one “big goal” for this sixth edition of the festival, as well as creating opportunities for everyone who wants to learn to play the guitar.

Nuno Cachada

The sixth edition of the Guimarães International Guitar Festival will take place between 21 and 29 December, with 10 concerts distributed between the Vila Flor Cultural Centre, the Guimarães Conservatory and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza.

Aniello Desiderio is the highlight of a poster that also has names such as David Carmona, Mateusz Kowalski, and the Portuguese Duo Sirius and Francisco Luís. The festival is rounded out with performances by Pablo Menéndez, Cassie Martin, Pavel Ralev, Maja Kralj, and Bruno Pino Mateos, young guitarists from the EuroStrings platform. The programme also includes masterclasses, workshops, and an international competition. The event is organized by the Guimarães Music Society, co-produced by A Oficina, and is supported by the Municipality of Guimarães and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The artistic Director is the Portuguese guitarist Nuno Cachada.

The Guimarães International Guitar Festival occupies the holiday season for the sixth year in a row. The Italian guitarist Aniello Desiderio headlines a program with 10 concerts plus masterclasses and a competition for emerging musicians.

Christmas is coming and with it the Guimarães International Guitar Festival (FIGG). The sixth edition will be held from December 21 to 29, with 10 concerts that will “carry the sound of the classical guitar” from the Vila Flor Cultural Centre (CCVF), the Guimarães Conservatory and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza.

The city where Portugal was born will embrace in one event the virtuosity of Aniello Desiderio, the flamenco of David Carmona’s quintet and the youth of Mateusz Kowalski, not to mention emerging names in Portugal, such as Duo Sirius (Diogo João and Márcio Silva) and Francisco Luís. Young guitarists from the EuroStrings exchange program, Pablo Menéndez, Cassie Martin, Pavel Ralev, Maja Kralj, and Bruno Pino Mateos complete concert series.

But FIGG is also synonymous with masterclasses – instruction for students that can be attended by the public – and the sixth edition is no exception, with nine sessions. Among the tutors are this year’s concert artists, including as Aniello Desiderio, but also artists such as Dejan Ivanovic who have appeared in past editions.

The City of Guimarães International Guitar Competition was born with the festival in 2014 and will be held again this year. The junior category takes place on the first day, 21st December, while the senior categories (F and G) will take place on the 27th and 28th at CCVF. The events will welcome guitarists from Europe, but also from China and from countries across the Atlantic, such as Mexico, Venezuela, and Brazil.

The sixth edition of FIGG is organized by the Guimarães Musical Society (Guimarães Conservatory), with co-production by The Workshop and artistic direction by Nuno Cachada.

City welcomes EuroStrings event

Guimarães is becoming more accustomed to FIGG as part of its cultural landscape, but in 2021 it will host another classical guitar event, the EuroStrings Fourth Guitar Competition. The event will bring together the winners of all competitions associated with the 17 festivals of the platform founded in 2017 including the City of Guimarães International Guitar Competition represents the FIGG.

The event also marks the end of the first four years of EuroStrings, a collaborative co-funded the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.

See the full program 2019