A whole year to celebrate the 40th Festival of Torroella de Montgrí


Torroella de Montgrí, 22 May

Dear friends,

Since the summer of 1981, when we first dreamt of setting out on the adventure of creating a great festival, the history of music in Torroella de Montgrí has been a series of dreams that have gradually come true. The dream for 2020 was to celebrate our 40th Festival by putting on a splendid programme. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to change our plans, but we don't want to cancel the celebration. For this reason, the anniversary we had planned for the summer of 2020, between 31 July and 21 August, has been transformed into a whole year's festivity, beginning on 23 July, 2020 and lasting until the end of August, 2021.

The starting date for the 40th Torroella de Montgrí Festival will be 23 July, 2020, forty years to the day of the first concert of the very first Festival in 1981. It will be the start of a whole year of events which will culminate in the summer of 2021. We will re-programme a number of the concerts we had planned for this year but which we have had to postpone on account of the restrictions in force due to the pandemic. All these events will be organised according to the health regulations and social distancing requirements in force at the time, thereby guaranteeing the safety of artists, audiences -- if these are permitted this summer -- and everybody in the team of staff that makes the Festival possible.

We have already begun preparing a documentary on the history of the Festival, which will be broadcast on TV3 and La2, and we are looking into the possibility of organising a concert without audience in the Espai Ter concert hall in cooperation with the Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals and the RTVE a Catalunya. This concert would be broadcast live on radio and television at the end of July. We are also working on a series of lectures that would be made available by streaming. Details of this summer's events will be announced in the near future.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed to the preparation of this year's Festival programme, now postponed until 2021, and to the transformation of the 40th Festival into a whole year of celebrations which will keep us in contact with our audiences. We are also most grateful to the governmental organisations and our sponsors for their understanding and support, and to all the members of our audiences for their continued fidelity to our concerts.

With undiminished enthusiasm, we are working to adapt our programme to the new circumstances resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Our aim is still to programme the best classical music at the Torroella de Montgrí Festival. We will continue to dream as always, but remain fully alert to ensure that our dreams continue to come true.

We hope to see you all again at our concerts as soon as it is possible.

These are difficult times, but with the help of music, we'll pull through!

Keep in good health!

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Torroella de Montgrí-L'Estartit

The wind on our face, the sun behind our back, the horizon in our hands, our feet on the floor.

The ancestral Montgrí towers watch us. The sea, at the back, talks to us and refreshes our thoughts after the hard ascent to the walls of history.
And yet, from the heights, the salinity of l’Estartit reaches us, awakening our desire for the crystalline waters and the sand.

A TOWN WITH PERSONALITY

To stroll around Torroella is to stroll back in time. Look out for the remains of the old town walls: Santa Caterina gate and the Torre de les Bruixes; the gothic church of Sant Genís and the Montgrí Castle, small 11th century treasures; the 16th-17th century Casa Pastors and Casa del Metge on Carrer Major; and finally, the colonial houses built by successful emigrants returning from the Americas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Art, music and heritage place Torroella de Montgrí and l’Estartit among the major cultural destinations of Catalonia.

Our musical heritage comes from way back and we can be truly proud of this rich tradition. The town has a comprehensive annual programme of musical recitals, concerts and sardana dancing, as well as the prestigious summer International Classical Music Festival.

It is also a town of painters, sculptors, writers and photographers, with a dynamic cultural scene that has attracted several private foundations and art galleries: Vila Casas Foundation, Mascort Foundation, Michael Dunev Art Projects, Atrium Roca Sans and Traç d’Art (L’Estartit), and municipal spaces such as St Anthony’s Chapel in Torroella and the Municipal Exhibition Hall in L’Estartit.

L’Estartit, on the coast, is one of the best tourist resorts on the Costa Brava, with the Mediterranean Sea and the Medes Islands as a backdrop to its unbeatable setting.

The geographical situation and Costa Brava climate make L’Estartit an ideal place to enjoy a pleasant holiday at any time of the year. The town offers visitors a wide choice of modern accommodation with hotels, apartments, campsites and rented holiday houses, as well as numerous sports facilities, leisure activities and shopping areas. Tourists will enjoy both the natural environment and the historic and cultural heritage of the area. The wide range of activities on offer includes walks and cycling trips, horse riding, scuba-diving, sailing, golf, cultural visits and events such as concerts, festivals, theatre and cinema. L’Estartit is quality tourism, action tourism.

The variety of landscapes makes L’Estartit an ideal starting point for exploring the area. Go alone or with a guide and discover: a world of new sounds and colours in the hundreds of different species of birds, plants and trees; the protected Ter Vell wetlands, with a rich natural heritage; La Gola , the singularly beautiful area at the mouth of the River Ter; impressive Montgrí Massif, with its 13th century castle; the Montgrí coastline with over 10 km of cliffs, small coves and rocky caves accessible only on foot or by boat; the fortified farmhouses recalling an age when local people lived in fear of pirate attacks.

The wide sandy beach is not the only way to enjoy the sea! Discover the rich marine life on a glass-bottomed boat trip from L’Estartit harbour to the Medes Islands or along the coast. Scuba-dive or snorkel in the waters around the Medes Islands, situated one mile from the harbour, and observe the hundreds of different species of fish, coral, seaweeds and invertebrates in a fantastic world of colour.

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