BIGuitar Festival: Brussels plays guitar

The Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition will take place in Brussels from Friday to Tuesday. A great opportunity to meet with some Belgian-resident prodigies.

If we say you guitar, what will you think of? You would probably reply rock, right? Guitar is yet more than that. It is indeed the most popular musical instrument across the Old continent and the World! It is then used in many musical genres, for instance for classical, latino or modern music.

Should you be interested in discovering the whole aspects of guitars, you should attend the Brussels International Guitar festival and competition in Théâtre du Vaudeville, from 21 to 25 April. The event, which celebrates this year its 6th anniversary, is both a festival and a competition. This edition commemorates the 50 years since the passing of the great French musician, Ida Presti.

The festival will of course host concerts during the five days. You will then have the chance to attend or discover some International guitarists’ gigs, such as Marco Tamayo (Cuba/Austria), Máximo Diego Pujol Trio (Argentina) or Berta Rojas (Paraguay), which allow you to have an insight over different musical genres. It is however not only about concerts, but also about the guitar world. The festival will then release movies as well as it will host masterclasses and a « Luthiers & Exhibitors Salon », which will be housed in the Maison Grand-Place. You can meet with experts that will provide you with a whole picture of guitar today.

But the BIGuitar festival is also organising a competition every year, alternatively international and national. For 2017 the competition is a national one, open to all amateur guitarists, irrespective of nationality and of any age, who are officially resident in Belgium. The public elimination round already took place last week and the public final round will be held on Saturday. Each artist will play guitar from 15 to 20 minutes on stage and the results will come out during the final ceremony, from 11.30 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday.

“Open to allcomers, whether amateurs or keen music lovers, this exceptional vintage edition will once again be a joyful and emotional event, where discovery and a sense of friendship and empathy are key” stated Hugues Navez, Founding President and Artistic Director of the BIGuitar Festival.