ECOS Festival de Sierra Espuña 2021 brings early music to the most emblematic places of Sierra Espuña (Murcia) with the most prominent artists from its five previous editions such as Raquel Andueza, Manfredo Kraemer, Silvia Márquez, Olalla Alemán, Pablo Zapico or Cantoría, who will share the stage with emerging artists born at the festival such as Brezza, Mavra or Anacronía. As a novelty, family morning concerts are included as well as intergenerational activities that link gastronomy, tourism, culture and sustainable development. In this way, the Sierra Espuña Territory becomes a setting in which to enjoy and value heritage, encouraging the visitor to discover the unique beauty of the place through all these cultural experiences.
ECOS Festival has been recently selected to be part of the European Early Music Network (REMA Résau Européen de Musique Ancienne), that reunites the most important festivals of the international panorama. It was defined by Albert Edelman, president of REMA, like “a young festival with innovative ideas, essential for the cultural development of european regions”.
The international delegation of festivals will visit us during the festival within the framework of ECOStalks, in a telematic way, with talks and debates regarding new concert formats and the posibilities of enhancing the cultural heritage and to boost the high quality tourism through early music.
The support and impulse to emergent musical ensembles is still one of the pilars of the ECOS Festival, that organizes every year the ECOS LAB thanks to the support of the University of Murcia and INAEM. This residences program has attracted every year to Sierra Espuña Young ensembles specialized in the historical performance of the music with the objective of bringing them tools to begin their musical career and to experiment around new concert formats.
Although this year the residences program has to be postponed, the ECOS Festival has organized a contest with musical videos that link music and architectural heritage, as well as a serie of digital formative activities so the musicians can develope their artistic project and be succesful in the national and international musical industry.
ECOS Festival of Early Music in Sierra Espuña is possible thanks to the organization of Territory Sierra Espuña, University of Murcia and the Association Early Music Project, in coordination with the town hall of Aledo, Alhama de Murcia, Librilla, Mula, Pliego y Totana; the festival is supported by INAEM, Acción Cultural Española AC/E, Región de Murcia, Instituto de Industrias Culturales y de las Artes, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Conservatorio de Música de Murcia; and the sponsorship of Obra Social ‘La Caixa’, Coato, Autocares Espuña 2.0, Hotel Jardines de La Santa and Juan Gil Bodegas Familiares.