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Andorra la VellaEscaldes-EngordanySan Julia de LoriaLa MassanaOrdinoEncampCanilloPas de la Casa

There’s going to be music all over the Centre Historic this Friday and Saturday night. Ask at your hotel or local tourist office for the programme listing all the 32 free concerts on offer around the ancient squares of Andorra la Vella’s old town.

In 2012, I organised Andorra’s first Festa de la Música which was held in Ordino and La Massana, generally featuring choirs and classical music in the churches to take advantage of their beautiful acoustics and outside in the streets and squares for modern music. In the following year we had more than 300 musicians participating in 24 different acts. The musicians  ranged in age from young students from the Institute of Music to a baritone sax player who had had a UK hit with the John Barry Seven, debuting the James Bond Theme in 1962!

After that marathon of organisation I rather pathetically collapsed from sheer exhaustion ­– but perhaps the seed had been sewn.

For, with JAMBO STREET MUSIC, we have the concept taken one step further. It started four years ago with the Centre Historic as the perfect setting. Little squares and cobbled alleyways hosting all types of music: from rock and Gospel through punk and funk to classical. On Friday the music starts at 19h at five different locations while on Saturday it starts at 18h.

Tonight to add to the excitement there is a VERTICAL CONCERT from 23.30 to 24h very close to the old parliament building of the Casa de la Vall. As lights play across the façade of Casa Bauró five musicians will  appear on different little balconies to play on double bass, violin, viola, cello and acoustic guitar. Sounds like something you shouldn’t miss.

Culturally yours,



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