This year the fifth festival of ancient music of the Pyrenees is held, Andorra takes part it it for the fourth time. The festival was solemnly open on July 3 and will last till August 30, 26 municipalities of the Pyrenees (Spain, France, Andorra) will take part in it.
According to the results of a festival the jury will choose a winner among performers of ancient music. For the first place the prize is 600 euros, for the second – 300 euros is provided.
This year in Andorra 4 concerts are planned. The first there will pass on July 16 in Casa d’Areny-Plandolit (Ordino) with participation of Hopkinson Smith, a lute. The following concert is planned for July 19, at the lake Engolasters. It will be possible to listen to songs in Cantiga style (the Spanish monothematic song of the XIII-XIV centuries) in a format of a concert picnic. The third concert will take place on July 23 – this day the Italian repertoire of the XIV century under the name “A l’ombra del Duomo de Florència” will be perfomed (“In a shadow of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore”). A concert will also take place outdoors around La Margineda. A final concert will take place on August 14 in Sant Joan de Caselles church (Canillo).
The Minister of Culture of Andorra Olga Gelabert notes the big cultural importance of a festival, ability of musicians to create the unique atmosphere.
The minister also emphasized that a main task of a festival is a promotion of cultural tourism of Andorra.