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An international string festival for missionary musicians

On January 24 and 25, the International String Festival was held in Misiones. A high-level event that brings opportunities for musicians.


On 24 and 25 January the Pre Festival of International Strings took place. A show that took place over two nights in the towns of Aristóbulo del Valle and San Vicente. This year the event came with a novelty: the possibility of obtaining a full scholarship for the 11th Campus of Guitars in Hohenau (Paraguay). Thus, the young missionary musicians had the opportunity to jump onto the world stage.

The meeting was attended by renowned artists from Paraguay, such as the composer Juan Vera Esquivel. The talented Sebastian Pompilioalso delighted the audience. But they weren't alone. Renowned guitarists from all over the province excited the audience with their chords.

The keys to the festival

From the last year the province of Misiones is a sub-headquarters and anteroom of the prestigious Honau International String Festival. The Festival has a 13 years of experience and brings together guitarists from all over the world. “The artistic production asked us to take responsibility for a sub-headquarters in Missions, to be able to access that Festival. It was a very big responsibility. and, with genuine resources, we carry it forward,” said Ricardo Ifrán, event organizer.

Ifran is Secretary of Tourism and Culture of the city of San Vicente. He himself explained how the event was linked to two points. “The offer has half the time intended for the cultural part, the concert part and training”, explained. “The other part of time is closely linked to nature, which is a main axis of the Festival in its beginnings. The jumps, the waterfalls, the tourism and summer, that's why it's done this part of the year,” he added.

The Pre Festival sought to enhance the value of missionary guitar. It was an initiative for all young guitarists, especially missionaries. Pablo Assaf, another of the organizers of the event, was very clear about it. “We want to create spaces so that our missionary musicians can have a place to show what they study. The music they like and the instrument that, in this case, is the guitar”.

Publication Date: 05/02/2020

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