PHOTO: © Roger Lleixà · FJoventuts Musicals de Torroella 2023
Here at the Banco Sabadell Foundation we work to build a more discerning, fair and inclusive society and, with that aim in mind, we promote culture and the arts by supporting high quality cultural programmes and by nurturing emerging talent. We offer opportunities to young artists so that they can develop their skills and we work to make culture more accessible to all kinds of audiences.
Some of Spain’s flagship cultural events take place during the summer months. Don’t miss out on some of the most outstanding events arranged by the organisations that we work with, in which talent and the promotion of our historical and cultural heritage play a key role:
- Las Piedras Cantan (“The Stones Sing” – concerts on 26 May, 17 June, 14 July and 10 September): Las Piedras Cantan is an unusual and innovative cyclical musical event, where music helps to shine light on heritage sites and those sites, in turn, serve as the perfect setting to showcase some great talents. The concerts have been conceived to raise awareness about the value of culture in all its forms, offering visitors prior guided tours and the opportunity to savour music and art with all their senses. This year’s edition is dedicated to keyboard instruments.
- Serenates Festival (24 June to 2 July): A music festival that takes place annually at the Centre Cultural La Nau at the University of Valencia, with 10 free concerts performed mainly by Valencian musicians and featuring a wide range of young artists.
- Bachcelona (12 to 27 July): This is the 10th edition of the Bachcelona festival, dedicated to Bach, which encourages collaborative events and informative activities, and which also supports young talent, promoting interactions with prestigious performers. These experiences allow young musicians to take advantage of new professional networks that they would not otherwise have access to.
- Schubertiada Valdegovía (1 to 23 July) and Schubertiada Vilabertran (16 to 27 August): a festival that celebrates the life and work of Franz Schubert, a key figure in the history of music, and that of chamber music and Lieder in general. The festival also showcases young talent from around the world and is committed to integration with the architectural heritage in rural areas.
- FRINGE Torroella L’Estartit (from 15 to 19 July): The Fringe festival will mark its 10th edition in July 2023, having consolidated its status as the meeting point in Catalonia for some of the most exciting emerging musical talent. The festival hosts performers of different styles, genres and formats, performing across multiple venues.
- Jordi Savall Festival (from 28 July to 15 August): One of the most important festivals for classical and early music in Catalonia. Founded and directed by renowned musician and orchestra conductor Jordi Savall, this festival organises a fortnight of concerts at venues that form part of Catalonia’s cultural heritage, such as the Monastery of Santes Creus, the Monastery of Poblet and the walled town of Montblanc. The festival features renowned international musicians, as well as young performers.
- Quincena Musical de San Sebastián (3 August to 1 September): This festival will celebrate its 84th edition in August 2023, with its customary offering, a programme consisting of around one hundred musical events dedicated to classical music in its most varied forms: symphonic arrangements, contemporary repertory, and events covering early music, dance music, organ recitals, and much more.
- Bal y Gay festival (10 to 24 August): this festival began in 2014 with the sole aim of democratising culture by bringing high-quality classical music to an environment where access to this type of music was very limited. Since then, renowned performers have gathered at A Mariña Lucense, in the province of Lugo, to promote musical training and outreach, enjoying concerts and artistic experiences in which music shares the limelight with history, the landscape or the architectural heritage of the region.