Established in 2011 by the Association of Guitarists in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Sarajevo International Guitar Festival has a continuous tradition of nourishing art music in the country.
Festival has so far offered over 40 concerts by respectable names in the area of guitar-playing art. Furthermore, festival’s educational component included participation of lecturers and pedagogues from more than 20 different countries, whose workshops have been attended by over 700 young guitarists, teachers and professors.
The main goals of Festival include strengthening of national and international cooperation among artists, pedagogues, and instrument builders, and helping students to elevate their own knowledge to a higher level and spread their positive artistic experiences and impressions of Bosnia and Herzegovina across the world.
Consequently, the initial Festival structure is based on four fundamental elements: concerts, international guitar-playing contest in five categories, master classes and Guitar expo.
The Sarajevo International Guitar Festival 2019 will feature concerts by Rafael Aguirre, Duo Deloro, Alexander Swete, EuroStrings Artists, Atanas Ourkouzounov, Jure Cerkovnik, and Female Vocal Ensemble ‘Corona’. Entrance to all concerts is free of charge.
International guitar-playing contest gather some of the most successful young guitarists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, region and Europe, who want to get the opportunity to present their own achievements in five solo categories, based on contestants’ age.
Master classes for students and pupils of all ages are delivered by renowned European professors, and over time Festival has organized over 1,100 workshops and lectures.
Guitar expo is aimed at promoting regional instrument builders and their achievements among broader public and music professionals.
Since 2017, the Sarajevo International Guitar Festival has become a part of prestigious European platform ‘EuroStrings Collaborative’ which, through a total of 17 guitar festivals in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, works on achieving excellence in the area of classic guitar and encouraging young guitarists’ artistic development.