THIS year’s national and international arts festival in Albox gets off to a musical start this coming Saturday.
The first event in ‘Albox-Primavera 2020’ is the National Chamber Music Competition. Musicians from all over Spain playing different kinds of instruments will be offering a free concert from 7pm onwards at the Federico Garcia Lorca hall.
Over the last 50 years the festival has grown to become one of the most important annual cultural events in the Almanzora Valley. Between now and the end of May there will be a series of classical music, poetry and theatre competitions and performances.
On the evening of Saturday March 21 the Federico Garcia Lorca hall will be the venue for the National Recital Competition. More than 40 participants have registered to take part. Again the event is free to the public.
The following Saturday March 28 there is the 6th international competition of ‘Lied’ (poetry set to classical music) and concert song. Sopranos, mezzosopranos, tenors, counter tenors and baritones, will, accompanied by a pianist, be performing in what is a unique opera show in the province.
The gala for the 19th edition of the Martin Garcia Ramos International Young Poetry competition will be staged on the evening of Saturday April 25 at the Agua y Salud municipal centre. The judges have to decide on the best from more than 200 original and unpublished poems from Spanish-speaking countries around the world. The poet penning the winning poem will be rewarded with a €6,000 prize and the publication of their work.
The competition is considered one of the most important for under-30s in the Spanish-speaking world, and is backed by figures including the former director of the Cervantes Institute and the National Library of Spain, Jon Juaristi who is the competition jury president.
In the second fortnight of May, the festival focus will be on theatre for the 50th anniversary of the National Amateur Dramatics competition. The best theatre companies in Spain will be selected from among more than 50 which have registered to take part.
The festival is organised by Albox council, with the support of the provincial government and a number of other institutions and entities.