Knows all that Cartagena de Indias has for you

Program yourself in Cartagena de Indias

  • JAN / 04



    Todo lo que Cartagena de Indias tiene para ti


    Ciudad y País:

    Cartagena - Colombia


    The Cartagena International Music Festival enjoys a strong identity, bringing together some of the world’s greatest artists, in the unique and magical setting of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. We would like for you to take away a wholesome experience of cultural tourism, so we invite you to learn more about the packages of concerts, accommodation and other activities that we offer.


    • THE CITY

    Its Caribbean light and warmth, its welcoming people, and its historic monuments, are only some of the assets that make Cartagena de Indias a magical place to visit. Its versatile charm, both inside and outside its walled city, has made it the source of inspiration to poets, writers and artists alike, as well as a thriving global tourist destination.


    For nearly thirteen seasons, the Cartagena International Music Festival has become the meeting point for world-acclaimed interpreters of classical and traditional music, especially from Europe and Latin America, the two world regions that mainly influence our identity.

    Distinctively, every year the Festival centers on a particular theme, celebrating a key aspect in the history of music from a current and innovative perspective.

    Altogether, the Festival aims for audiences to enjoy while taking away knowledge, by also attending conversations about music, and instruments and art exhibits, among others, in the unique setting that Cartagena de Indias provides.


    The Festival’s 2019 season will be dedicated to the relationship between music and the sciences. From Pythagoras’ theories, establishing a numerical relationship among sounds, to the notions of astronomy applied to the symphonic music of Gustav Holst, these two ways of seeing the world have been linked in many moments in time.
    A central figure will be Johann Sebastian Bach, whose works span from a deep view of the link between music and the celestial to more structured pieces such as The Musical Offering, Goldberg Variations, and The Well-Tempered Clavier, among others.

    Likewise, the Festival will include a view into the music and interpreters of Latin America, in a concert series that has become an audience favorite.



    • THE OPERA:



    As a significant complement to the program, the Festival aims to present Così fan tutte, one of Mozart’s opera buffa, premiered in 1790. In coproduction with Italy’s Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi, it will host specialized artists who will give life to this entertaining story about the entanglements between two couples

    · Scenography by Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo (Academy Award winners)
    · Costume Design Maurizio Galante
    · Production Director Giorgio Ferrara

    *Project to be confirmed 



    Philarmonia Orchestra – England / Resident Orchestra
    Natalie Murray Beale – Australia / Conductor
    English Baroque Soloists – England / Orchestra
    John Elliot Gardiner – England / Conductor
    Angela Hewitt – Canada / Piano
    Víkingur Olafsson – Iceland / Piano
    Emmanuel Tjeknavorian – Austria /Violin
    Quartetto di Cremona – Italy / String Quartet
    Filarmónica Joven de Colombia – Colombia / Orchestra
    Daniel Kharitonov – Rusia / Piano
    New York Polyhony – United States / Vocal ensemble
    Simone Rubino – Italy / Percussion
    Giovanni Bietti – Italy / Musicologist and pianist
    Gwyenth Wentink – Netherlands / Harps



    • TEATRO ADOLFO MEJÍA: declared a national monument, this theater is considered one of the most beautiful concert halls in Latin America. Built in 1911 and renovated in 1998, the theatre preserves the façade of an older era with its elegant staircases and Italian marble sculptures. The ceiling was painted by Colombian artist Enrique Grau (1920-2004).
    • CAPILLA SOFITEL LEGEND SANTA CLARA: founded in 1617, this former convent has been beautifully restored and transformed into the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. In the restoration much of the original walls of the convent were maintained and the rich colonial architectural style that marked its history was preserved. Concerts are held in the mystical “Cloister of the Clarisse.”
    • PLAZA DE SAN PEDRO: the Plaza in front of San Pedro Claver Church is a spectacular backdrop for the free one hour late evening, open-air concerts. The church was built in honor of the first canonized saint of the New World.
    • CAPILLA CHARLESTON SANTA TERESA: located in what was the first convent to exist in Cartagena de Indias, the chapel was built in the 17th century in honor of Saint Teresa of Ávila and the order of the Carmelite nuns. Currently, it belongs to the Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa. The setting has an excellent acoustic.
    • PUERTO DE CARTAGENA: Cartagena has been a vibrant port for centuries. Today it continues to be a great Caribbean logistics center, servicing major shipping lines worldwide through connections to more than 432 ports in 114 countries. Concerts take place on the massive loading dock.
    • CARTAGENA DE INDIAS CONVENTION CENTER: the Convention Center was built in 1980 of coralline stone, the same material used on the colonial buildings in the historic center. It is used for conferences, music shows, theatrical plays and important national and international events.


    • Opening night party
    • Closing party
    • Patrons Cocktail party

    • INSTRUMENTS EXHIBITS: this is a unique opportunity to see different traditions of instrument building, particularly alongside the Italian lineage.
    • MODERN ART MUSEUM: visit a selection of works by renowned Colombia plastic artist Pedro Ruiz, author of what will be the Festival’s 2019 image.
    • LECTURES: amicable opportunities to listen to experts speak and reflect about music, in relation to the Festival’s theme and joint topics. Again in 2019, the musicologist and pianist Giovanni Bietti will help audiences go deeper into their musical appreciation


    • MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS * to be confirmed.
    • UNIVERSE OF SOUND: a breathtaking didactic exhibition that allows the public to interact with the Philharmonia Orchestra, using technologies and techniques designed by its digital department. Music from Holst’s, The Planets, will be at the heart.
    • VIRTUAL REALITY: a virtual reality experience around the music of the Voyager Golden Record, a disc placed in the two space probes of 1977’s Voyager space program. It originally contained the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, precisely recorded by the Philharmonia Orchestra. A must see!


    • MASTER CLASSES: the Festival is a magnificent classroom for Colombian students and music teachers, who achieve the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with our guest artists. You are encouraged to visit a Master Class and be inspired.
    • LUTERIA CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS: trained Colombian luthiers provide free instrument reparation services, as well as teach children and adults about the bases of instrument care. The workshop on crafting wind and percussion instruments from Colombia’s Caribbean Coast is a favorite.
    • ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DE CARTAGENA: every year, the Festival seeks to support Cartagena’s musical talents by organizing and presenting one or more concerts with young, local interpreters, who make up a temporary symphonic orchestra. A social and educational initiative.
    • YOUNG TALENTS: the Festival has played a part in projecting the careers of talented and committed Colombian musicians ages 18 to 25. Depending on the dates of your stay, you may attend the recital presenting 2019’s chosen Young Talents. 


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    Cellphone: (+57) 320 854 8915

    (*) Credit of picture: Tico Ángulo

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