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Why the Cartagena Music Festival?

Picture this: you're seated beneath the incredible ornate ceilings of an old Colombian theatre. A solitary piano note rings out across the hall, followed by a jumble of violins and horns: the unmistakable sound of an orchestra tuning up. In that moment, you know you're in for something special.

There are few musical experiences more moving than a heartfelt classical performance. If that statement rings true to you, then you'll want to get yourself over to the Cartagena International Music Festival, because the program offers an incredible 44 concerts across 11 days. And if you happen to bust your budget on Colombian coffee and mountains of pork-filled empanadas before the festival even begins, no sweat: 17 of the concerts are free!

What's On At The Cartagena Music Festival This Year?

2018 is about all things French. Hey, they don't call it an International music festival for nothing. What does that mean? Plenty of dreamy French Impressionist works by the likes of Debussy, Ravel, Satie and Dukas. There'll be ivories tickled in solo recitals, harps plucked and cellos swayed by gentle hands. There'll even be some accordions. Because you know, you can't have a French theme without accordions. 

When you're not having your imagination filled with Debussy's prancing fauns and tinkling moonlight or being mentally whisked away to Paris' La Belle Epoque to a soundtrack of Camille Saint Saëns, there's plenty more to do. Like, attend workshops, talks and master-classes. Or explore the beauty of Cartagena. While eating another empanada.

Convinced yet? Get yourself some tickets, stat.

In Short:

  • 44 classical concerts across 11 days
  • The beauty of Cartagena, Colombia and its incredible venues
  • A 2017 theme of Paris and French music, including the most beautiful impressionist works
  • Workshops and talks to attend when you're not having your heart-strings plucked by Debussy, Ravel and Saint Saëns
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