Thursday 12th May 2022 – Mike Smith
Source: press release – Ajuntament de Xàbia
Xàbia Folk returns this weekend for its 20th edition, one of the oldest and most popular music festivals in the region, a celebration of folk music from not only across Spain but also across the world. Organised by the Department of Culture, the festival has the artistic direction of the Romantica del Saladar.
The festival kicks off this Friday 13th May at 10.30pm with the prestigious piper Carlos Nuñez, who will be accompanied by the Colla La Xafigà from Muro d’Alcoi, providing a mixture of pipes and dulzainas, merging Galician and Valencian music.
On Saturday 14th May at 10.30pm, there will be another special project, led by Kurdish-born musician Gani Mirzo, which will offer a fusion of oriental melodies with flamenco and jazz, through instruments such as the lute, the Greek buzuki, and the Spanish guitar. Mirzo will present his project ‘Dignity Road’, a work committed to refugees fleeing war and a significant portion of the performance fee will be donated to the Duhok refugee camp in Iraq.
The festival will close on Sunday 15th May at 12 noon inside the chapel of Santa Llúcia on top of the hill bearing the same name which overlooks the village, an intimate performance offered by Carol Duran and Nuría Lozano, two key artists in the creation and composition of Catalan music.
All the concerts will be taking place on the Plaza de la Constitución with free admission for all.