Fahmi Alqhai: 30th Anniversary 05 | 02 | 2013

This year the Seville Early Music Festival (FeMÀS) is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. For many years it has been heralded as the most important festival of its kind on the peninsula, but finally, and to the delight of Seville’s residents and all music lovers, it has definitively come of age and become a cultural benchmark intrinsically linked to the name of Seville.

This year’s 30th anniversary event will explore bygone times and their rich heritage. The 2013 festival boasts an exceptional line-up of the very best international groups and solo artists to equal that of even the most prestigious festivals around the world.

In a clear attempt to attract, and cater for, a wider audience, the event’s programmes will comprise far more than the mere performance of historical music. The festival will feature new-wave artists joining forces with early music artists (the pairing of the dancer Antonio Ruz and Vocalconsort Berlin being a prime example), as well as others, such as Uri Caine, who will provide a new take on classic works from a repertoire of early music, including J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. This year we will also be branching out into theatre and poetry, as we want our festival to be innovative and modern, with something for everyone.

As in previous years, FeMÀS will focus on working with local groups and solo artists, and on the educational dynamic that has shown us, year after year, that this festival is an invaluable and effective tool for educating younger generations and making our repertoire more widely known.

A superior line-up for a superior festival.

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