If you are lovers of folk music, this weekend Ortigueira is your place!
He Ortigueira International Festival of the Celtic World (in Galician Ortigueira International Celtic World Festival) is an open-air festival dedicated to folk music that has been celebrated for 4 days for 25 years, on the second weekends of July, in the town of Ortigueira, in the province of La Coruña, Galicia (Spain).
In 2003, it was considered a Festival of National Tourist Interest and two years later, it was declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest.
The festival has 2 stages: a main stage in the port and a smaller stage in the surrounding area where new groups gather.
The Ortigueira Festival could not be understood without its clear commitment to Celtic music, but neither without its camping area. Thousands of people crowd into the idyllic setting of Morouzos Beach, with its pine grove that offers generous shade and allows all types of tents to be “anchored” in that free camping area. To facilitate attendance at the festival, the organization provides free buses 24 hours a day to get to the concert area.
In parallel to the concerts, during the day, bagpipe bands star in parades, and a wide range of proposals are offered, from photography exhibitions, to Irish dance workshops or shows by street artists.
It is one of the largest festivals in terms of number of attendees in all of Europe, having on some occasions exceeded 100,000 attendees.
Today, the Ortigueira festival is, together with Lorient in Brittany and Celtic Connections in Glasgow, one of the reference points for Celtic music in all of Europe. Over the years, they have included performances by high-level and internationally famous Celtic music groups, such as Alan Stivell and The Chieftains.
In this link you can download the dossier with all the information and the poster for this edition.
Do you dare to spend a weekend of authentic fun in Galicia with your loved ones?