Girona only has a population approaching 100,000 and yet this week we have had and will have a truly international flavour with the 10th Religious and World Music Festival and the massive Tour de France cycling race hitting town tomorrow.
Summer has started early this year and we have been launched into the festive spirit by one of the the longest careers in professional music, the singer/songwriter Jackson Browne.
The Auditori concert hall was brought to its feet by some of the old classics (Rosie, Running on Empty) mixed with his newer themes and all accompanied by some great musicians and singers.
He even went so far as to say that parts of Girona reminded him of Southern California and that he looked forward to coming back again soon, both to visit and perform.
So, the season has got off to a great start and tickets go on sale today for the Religious Music Festival of Girona with some notable international performers from Africa ( Khaled, Rokia Traoré) India, Turkey ( Burhan Oçal & Istambul Oriental Ensemble ) and a free Salsa and Rumba concert on the 11th July so get moving!
Girona province hosts some of the best music festivals during the summer months with a wide variety of international groups and stars. In addition this year we have amajor sporting event to add to the excitement, the Tour de France which will be holding a stage here on the 9th of July finishing in Barcelona that same day.
The venues are also worth a mention because these are much more varied than your normal auditorium or concert hall. From the steps of Girona Cathedral (Religious music festival of Girona) to Cap Roig botanical gardens (Cap Roig music festival) in a setting which is a natural wonder and intimate enough to seem like a private party.
There are some smaller events such as those taking place in the Empuries Greco-Roman ruins which are worth keeping a look out for and also settings like the X th century monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes which are well worth the effort to get to.
Personally, I am looking forward to an eclectic range of music from Fauré’s Requiem to Khaled with UB40, James Taylor and Jamie Cullum along the way. Leonard Cohen is already sold out but Lou Reed, the Pretenders and Dee Dee Bridgewater will more than compensate!
See the events page on http://discovergirona.net for more details.