The intercultural enrichment resulting from migrations, especially the Iberian ones, inspires the seventh edition of the Setúbal Music Festival, an event that takes place between the 25th and 28th.

“We always believed that this Festival was more than a great concert, more than a great spectacle. We always believed that it is an open festival that persists long after the three days of the program, “said the Setúbal town councillor of Culture yesterday in the presentation of the event, in Casa d’Avenida.

Pedro Pina was highlighting an inclusive aspect of the Setúbal Music Festival, which maintains the goal of providing great music concerts through a harmonious involvement with all the county population.

Since its first edition in 2011, the Setúbal Music Festival promotes concerts with internationally renowned artists, who work and perform in partnership with students, people with disabilities or individuals representing different communities of the county.

In a year in which the festival is dedicated to migratory flows and the resulting cultural enrichment, the councillor stresses that “there would probably be no more current theme than this one and, as far as Setúbal is concerned, this has always been a city of departures and arrivals “.

The event is organized by the A7M – Setúbal Music Festival Association, with funding from the City Hall, the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition and the Helen Hamlyn Foundation, and support from Antena 1 and Antena 2 broadcasting stations.
The Festival’s artistic director, Ian Ritchie, stressed in the presentation that this year’s program “is complex and exciting.”

For this British, director of the London Music Festival for several years and who has been conducting the cultural routes of the Setúbal event since its first edition, “it is always important to celebrate the treasures of migration, a striking factor in Portuguese history and also all over the world.

From the complexity and quality proposed in the performances of the Setúbal Music Festival, Ian Ritchie highlighted some aspects of the 2017 program, under the theme “Migration.”

The artistic director underlined the participation of migrant musicians, composers and conductors, and emphasized the contributions of Kerem Hasan and Dejan Ivanovich, as well as the Grand Union Orchestra, composed by musicians from various parts of the world.

He also highlighted other details that enrich the general program of the event, such as “violin, guitar and voice, which are the most visible instruments throughout the Festival as these are the instruments migrants most use to create music.”

The participation of migrant musicians, composers and conductors was also noted by the artistic director, who emphasized the contributions of Kerem Hasan and Dejan Ivanovich, as well as the Grand Union Orchestra, composed by musicians from various parts of the world.

“But the most effective way to produce a special festival like this is to get the younger ones to create music. This will happen with nine young composers, to whom the festival has commissioned works. But it will also happen through 250 children who created songs based on the theme ‘Migration” he stressed.

The presentation of the Setúbal Music Festival held yesterday at Casa d’Avenida, included musical notes by two young women from the county, as Beatriz de Oliveira interpreted compositions for guitar written by Inês Lopes.

After the presentation, two exhibitions were inaugurated at the Casa d’Avenida – “Lanzarote – A Window of Saramago”, by photographer João Francisco Vilhena, and “From Here to There”, a painting show by Graça Pinto Bastos and Maria João Frade – that can be appreciated during the Music Festival.