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NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF COLOMBIAN MUSIC
From its creation on March 21, 1987, the Festival has been held uninterruptedly as a tribute to the country's musical tradition and the renowned Duet "Garzón y Collazos". This immortal duo is known as “the princes of Colombian song”, recognized for dedicating their life to Colombian music, making it heard and admired around the world.
In the last five years, the festival has attracted approximately 5 million live spectators through live performances, streaming on social networks, broadcasts on Colombian television channels, and participation of numerous artists. In this period, more than 70 events have been held, including duet contests, musical composition and performances, children's contests, and musical tributes.
This festival strengthens an institutional commitment to preserve the Colombian Musical Heritage, enriching its formats with the development of events in different and alternative scenarios to reach numerous audiences in the city, region, and country.
National Festival Of Colombian Music
IBAGUÉ ROCK CITY
The Ibagué, Ciudad Rock festival is the second festival in size, in the genre of rock in Colombia, with 19 versions until 2020, and almost two decades on the country’s musical scene. Since 2002 more than 100 local artists and around 30 international artists have participated each year.
Over the years, the festival has increased its audience, promoting agents of change, including new generations and creating an open event for the participation of children, youth, and adults. In recent editions, up to 18,000 people have attended yearly, and more than 50,000 spectators have enjoyed the festival through virtual platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.
Ibagué Rock City
The Ibagué Festival is a meeting where the traditional, popular, and academic music from the country and the world are displayed, making of this festival a space for conversation among different musical traditions. This Festival seeks to promote Ibagué both nationally and internationally as the Music Capital of Colombia, thus generating sharing spaces around the art practices that promote values such as respect, tolerance and reciprocity.
At the #IbaguéFest you can hear in the same space, and without any distinction, music genres such as currulaos, chamber tango, sonatas, rap, corridors, tropipop, string quartets, among others, performed by outstanding groups, and artists. Most of the activities of the festival are free, and include concerts in emblematic spaces and neighborhoods of the city. Besides offering a diverse and inclusive artistic program, the festival also presents an educational agenda that includes master classes with prominent Festival artists, luthiery clinics (construction and repair of musical instruments), and academic conferences.
Even though 2019 was the first-ever edition of the festival, it counted with an attendance of 18,209 people who participated in all its activities. The total amount of resources obtained from the festival, was around 1,570 million pesos. The festival also enabled the creation of 186 jobs, and the participation of over 223 artists, including soloists, groups, and national and international orchestral projects.
Disonarte was born in 2015 as a music market platform within the framework of a festival to strengthen the music value chain. Artists, creators, producers, and the academy; participate in artistic activities, academic conferences, networking, and business conferences with national and international experts. International groups from Venezuela and Peru; and national artists from Santa Marta, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Bogotá, and Ibagué have participated in the platform. The event has counted with attendances of over 7,000 people, and its recent virtual version in 2020, had more than 10,000 views online.
The platform is projected as an opportunity to reactivate and strengthen all the connections in the productive value chain of the music industry, to generate dynamics of rapprochement and agreement among private companies, public administration, academia, and citizens in general, around the music industry, as well as designing academic meeting spaces that generate capacities for agents in the sector.
The Ibagué Gospel festival is an event that promotes art and culture, providing a message of peace, life, and hope through religious music for the believing and non-believing community. Since 2015, this event has created a place for learning, promoting integral development, and ensuring the improvement of skills and talents that allow children, youth, and adults to be a proactive part of the change in society through a contribution to the social and cultural development of the city.
In the festival, diverse contemporary musical styles are presented for all preferences. The festival has been had over 31,000 attendees in person, and a participation of over 30 artists in the virtual version held in 2020. Furthermore, academic conferences on issues of musical production in the Gospel genre, digital marketing, among others, have been held through the festival.
MANGOSTINO DE ORO
The Mangostino de Oro festival was created by the "CORARTE" Cultural Corporation in 1995. It is known for offering a variety of activities such as contests, meetings, exhibitions and concerts that attendees enjoy for free, and that are created to promote family reunion.
The activities have been consolidated collectively and individually, enabling the creation of a diverse offer and establishing it as one of the most important events both contestants, artists and performers who work with the hope of shining on the stage of the Mangostino de Oro festival.
The event has had the participation of more than 500 artists on stage over the years and an average of 5,000 to 6,000 attendees each year. In 2020, it was carried out through a virtual format which reached up to 60,000 people through its broadcast on Channel 13 (National Channel), and social networks such as Facebook' and YouTube.
Mangostino de Oro
INTERNACIONAL HIP HOP FESTIVAL “ÁRMATE DE ARTE”
The International Hip Hop Festival Armate de Arte is a platform for training, creation, dissemination, circulation and articulation of artistic processes and contents focused on Hip Hop culture. The festival was born in 2006 as an initiative of artists and managers of the Hip Hop culture of the City of Ibagué and the Tolima Region, with the vision of consolidating and projecting the region as a scenario of cultural diversity.
This festival has a regional offer of breaking, freestyle, sketch lettering & character contests, and a closing concert with Hip Hop as the predominant genre. Over the years, it has had the participation of around 45,000 spectators and 530 artists, who have used more than 53 stages for concerts and Rap battles. In addition, a total of eight municipalities from the Tolima region, nine invited cities, and specialized artists from 17 countries have also participated.
Internacional Hip Hop Festival “Ármate De Arte”
IBAGUÉ HIP-HOP ENCOUNTER
The Ibagué Hip-Hop encounter is a festival-like project that reunites the greatest performers of Hip-Hop in Ibagué in all its manifestations, with the participation of National and International guests. This encounter was born in 2011 with the purpose of promoting, defending, disseminating, and consolidating the Hip-Hop movement in the city of Ibagué. Its objective is to become a platform for local, national and international artists of the Hip-Hop genre.
Through the years the festival has reached more than 30,000 people in person. The last edition of the meeting (2020) was held virtually, resulting in the presentation of more than 5 artists of the genre and more than 3 hours of streaming, through transmission on Facebook and YouTube, achieving a reach of 20,000 viewers.
Ibagué Hip-Hop Encounter
The ToliJazz festival was created in 2014, as a response to the need of having a dedicated space for the performance of Jazz and Latin Jazz which had been limited to conservatory-level practice and performance. Through its 7 years of existence, the festival has provided spaces to showcase the talent of local and national universities and artists. The event’s agenda includes conferences, symposiums, and workshops on instruments. The latest version (2020) of the festival was broadcasted via Facebook Live and YouTube.
Tolijazz has had the presence of renowned national artists such as Grammy winners Monsieur Periné, and Puerto Candelaria, besides other guests such as: former Berkeley pianist, Jesús Javier Molina; world-class trumpeter, and former student of Arturo Sandoval, teacher Gerardo Rodríguez; trumpet player Yturvides Vilchez; Ramón Benítez on trombone and his group dedicated to Master Juan Carlos from ASAP; and Master Edison Gómez all of them affiliated with the Fernando Sor school in Bogotá.
Circuito Fractal is a platform for the diffusion and circulation of independent music, born in Colombia with an intercultural perspective. Artists from all over the world are welcome to participate in this dialogic space of interculturality, year after year. In the last Edition of Circuito Fractal in 2020, more than 3,200 viewers watched the event through streaming via Facebook.
This event calls for more than 55 musical projects every year in genres such as Rap, Hip-Hop, Rock, Fusion, Dance Hall, Hardcore, Metal and Punk, providing an opportunity to national and international circulation, with a reach of more than 12,000 people in each edition. Additionally, the platform develops and strengthens alliances with countries such as Mexico and France, and other national cities such as Pereira.
INTERNATIONAL PERCUSSION FESTIVAL
The International Percussion Festival is a multicultural artistic event that began in 2012 as an event that brings together children, youngsters and academic performers around the interpretation of percussion music. This event has the participation of Universidad Nacional and Universidad Javeriana, the Cali Music Conservatory, Universidad Industrial de Santander from Bucaramanga and EAFIT University from Medellín.
At this festival, artistic presentations from classic genres, salsa and pop genres are held, displaying the richness and diversity of genres involving percussion instrument. The festival’s agenda includes two lines: artistic exhibitions, and academic conferences. The event has had international participations from teacher Conrado Moya from Spain, and teacher Israel from Chiapas, Mexico as outstanding examples.
International Percussion Festival
IBAGUÉ PUNK FESTIVAL DO IT BY YOURSELF
Festival Ibagué Punk - do it by yourself, started in 2018 by the initiative of the Dixtorsion RP collective, and in co-management with the Youth Program of Ibagué’s Mayor's Office. This cultural space seeks to support the non-profit Punk culture and generate scenarios for emerging bands in alternative genres of music. Some editions of the festival have supported social initiatives in benefit of stray dogs and cats.
The festival offers live music activities, involving eight to ten bands in each version. Additionally, it has commercial spaces for Punk actors and artists to offer their goods and services such as independent clothing brands, accessories, records, among others.