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15th Lanzarote Visual Music Festival

The Lanzarote Visual Music Festival was created in 1989, following a suggestion made by artist Ildefonso Aguilar and sponsored by the Cabildo of Lanzarote. The Festival is an outstanding artistic event based on the combination of avant-garde music with different artistic forms of expression in perfect harmony with the unique features of the natural stage landscapes of Lanzarote, such as the Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes Auditoriums.

From the get-go of the Festival, the perfect combination of new music and a unique volcanic landscape, drew the interest of contemporary musicians such as Brian Eno and Michael Brook, among others, which helped this Festival become one of the most attractive and extraordinary avant-garde music events in the world during its 13 consecutive editions that went from 1989 to 2002.

In 2017, after fifteen long years, the Cultural Area of the Cabildo of Lanzarote has rescued this innovative music event, highly demanded by locals and visitors. The Festival aims to bring back the prestige and cultural repercussion that an initiative such as this means for Lanzarote, and to turn it into a unique artistic option that will help consolidate the island as high standard cultural destination, able to attract those who intend to discover a one-of-a-kind musical experience surrounded by Lanzarote’s stunning landscape.

Origin

Lanzarote is a subtle and outstanding volcanic territory, with extraordinary spaces perfect for cultural manifestations of nature. The combination of the volcanoes and the quiet work of local farmers on a hostile land, helped shape a landscape where there have always been delicate sounds that can be heard by attentive and excited viewers. Therefore, the composition and performance of new music can find in Lanzarote the perfect set, which results in a revealing symbiosis.

In order to promote this idea, under the suggestion of artist Ildefonso Aguilar, in 1985, the Cabildo of Lanzarote invited musician and producer Brian Eno to visit the island, and they then agreed to carry out a series  of concerts, in January 1987, called Two Opal Evening. In 1989, after the positive response the previous concerts had, the Cabildo of Lanzarote, alongside Ildefonso Aguilar as sponsor and director, started to work on the Lanzarote Visual Music Festival.

The Festival has its roots in the local landscape and the unique environment that surrounds the island of Lanzarote, that make it the ideal setting to perceive and reproduce the sounds of compositions by the avant-garde musicians that take part in each edition. What they have in common is their search for new ways of musical expression, avoiding conventional methods.

Stage areas

Throughout the different editions of the Festival, there have been plenty of natural areas and unique buildings used to hold the concerts of the Festival, but it has been two volcanic bubbles, turned into auditoriums, the ones that have become its main headquarters. The Auditoriums of Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes, set up as volcanic caves with a perfect symbiosis between art and nature, the senses of viewers are exposed to the most suggestive and innovative sounds.

Besides these two main spaces, there are other stages where concerts are held, such as Volcán del Cuervo, the old volcanic ash quarry of Montaña de Tahíche and the convents, Convento de San Francisco and Santo Domingo in Teguise, as well as the Iglesia de San Ginés church and Playa de El Reducto in Arrecife.

Free Transport

The Cabildo of Lanzarote offers a free bus service to and from all the Festival concerts on the following dates and times:

To Jameos del Agua

  • 6th October. NIK BÄRTSCH’S MOBILE’s Concert
  • 13th October. 12 ENSEMBLE Concert
  • 20th October. KRISTJAN RANDALU’s Concert

Departures from Arrecife at 19.00 (from the Arrecife Interchange Bus Station, opposite Playa del Reducto)

To Cueva de los Verdes

  • 18th October. BRUNO CHEVILLON’s Concert

Departures from Arrecife at 19.00 (from the Arrecife Interchange Bus Station, opposite Playa del Reducto)

To Convento de Santo Domingo

  • 12th October. T PERCUSSION Concert

Departures from Arrecife at 19.30 (from the Arrecife Interchange Bus Station, opposite Playa del Reducto)

Transport is available for people who have previously purchased concert tickets and have applied for the bus service. Purchasing concert tickets does not automatically include a bus service booking.

Should you be interested in this service, please send an e-mail with “Solicitud guagua Festival de Música Visual” (Visual Music Festival bus application) as concept to musicavisual@cabildodelanzarote.com, at least three days before the concert you wish to attend, stating the full name of everyone included in the application for this service. If there is availability, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Please note that places are limited with only 55 seats available per concert, to be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Passengers will be dropped off where they were picked up once concerts are over. There are no further bus stops.

 

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