This has been a very disturbing year because of the lock down period which has put cultural activities in a very difficult situation. There is not much clarity concerning this new season and it is very hard to predict what lies ahead of us, particularly in the next two months.
This is why, after careful thought and with much regrets, we have decided to cancel this year's edition of the Paris International Guitar Festival and of the Paris International Guitar Competition.
The health situation and the limitations it imposes on us makes it impossible for us to organise the Festival in a satisfactory manner that would protect everyone's health. In addition, holding the Festival with reduced sponsorships, due to the economic situation, would have serious financial consequences that could threaten the mere existence of such event. Finally, we do not believe it makes sense to put in place an event in conditions that would not allow the close dialog and warmness that make the Festival so specific.
Nevertheless, in order to maintain a certain level of activity and so that we can keep in touch - which is essential for us, the more so in these very special times - we are considering putting in place a series of on-line events. We are working on it and will let you know as soon as possible.
Despite the disappointment, we hope we will be able to see you very soon, if only by virtual means.
Tania and the festival staff
This year, for the first time, in partnership with Eurostring - a european platform that connects several international guitar competitions at European level, the Paris International Guitar Festival invited five young prize-winners: Ema Kapor, Jonas Egholm, Lovro Peretic, Zsombor Sidoo and Mateusz Kowalski.
They took advantage of their presence to follow master classes given by Marcin Dylla at the Conservatoire Paul Dukas in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. We would like to thank the Director of the Conservatoire and the Guitar Teacher, Benjamin Valette, for their warm welcome.
On Thursday 28 November, these young artists were also given the opportunity to introduce the classical guitar at the National Institute for Young Blind People in Paris, in cooperation with Boris Moine, teacher.
Then, on Saturday 30 November, Ema, Jonas, Lovro and Zsombor played at the "Concert en plus", at the Traversière Theater, in the context of the Paris International Guitar Festival.
Mateusz, as 1st prize winner of the 2019 Eurostring Competition, performed at the evening concert on Sunday 1 December.
Their attendance allowed us to discover young talented european guitarists, maybe not yet well known in France, but certainly with a brilliant future. We are delighted to have welcomed them.
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