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Menaggio International Guitar Festival 2023


With the International Guitar Festival, now in its 15th edition, the town of Menaggio becomes the scene of a unique journey into the world of the guitar, with its varied sounds and musical languages: from contemporary classical guitar to fingerpicking, from South American music to jazz, giving a privileged space to the most innovative techniques of the instrument.

Starting in the afternoon, the alleys and venues of Menaggio come alive with "musical aperitifs" in which artists with different musical paths perform. Then, during the evenings in the picturesque setting of the churches, more intimate concerts take place, while on the stages one can enjoy performances that include dance, image, innovative sound and instrumental techniques. This year the festival will also take place in the nearby Tremezzo for one night.


XV International Guitar Festival Menaggio

concerts | musical aperitifs | workshops Aug. 19-27, 2023

The six days of the Festival begin in the afternoon, when the alleys and clubs of Menaggio come alive with "musical aperitifs." Then the more intimate concerts take place in the picturesque setting of the churches, and on various stages in villas, squares and multipurpose halls, performances with broader technical aspects, including dance, spatialization of sound, images, light effects and less conventional instrumental techniques, can be enjoyed. This year the festival spreads out its bounders and will also be hosted at Tremezzo, in the beautiful setting of the public Olivelli park.

Saturday August 19 - Tremezzo

At 20:45 | Parco Teresio Olivelli


Dilene Ferraz | voice, flute and percussions
Sergio Fabian Lavia | voice, guitar classica and live electronics

At 22:00 | Parco Teresio Olivelli

Wild at Heart

Stella Cruz | voice and guitar
Sandro Schneebeli |guitar, banjo and ukulele

In case of bad weather conditions the concerts will be held at  polo scolastico  località Ossuccio

Wednesday August 23 - Menaggio

At 18:00 | Bar il Gabbiano

Da Parigi a Buenos Aires, chansonnier, tango and manouche

Annamaria Musajo | voice
Pierluigi Ferrari |guitar

opening concert Duo canto e chitarra Gaia Ortelli e Davide Ruffini


At 21:00 | Chiesa Santa Marta

Evocazioni Antiche dedicate al '900 

Paola Matarrese | soprano
Rita Casagrande | classic guitar

opening concert Quartetto di chitarre del Istituto Civico Musicale Menaggio
Davide Ruffini, Omar Carimati, Giorgio Solano and Tommaso Sala

Thursday August 24 - Menaggio

At 18:00 | Youth Hostel la Primula

Crawling Dogs

Eva Marazzi | voice
Tommaso Sala | guitar
Adele Meroni | base
Matteo Bassanesi | drums


At  21:00 | Church San Carlo


Filippo Consentino | chitarra baritono e chitarra acustica

opening concert  Omar Carimati chitarra classica

Friday August 25 - Menaggio

At 18:00 | Pasticceria Cassera Moretti

Sudamerica in canzone

Cachito Luna Victoria | voice and guitar
Gigi Ceresa | guitar


At 21:00 |  lake side park

Dedos con Duende, Flamenco

Pedro Navarro | guitar
Lluis Castany | guitar

In case of bad weather the concert will take place at Cinelario at Menaggio


At 22:00 | lake side park

Quartetto Se.Go.Vi.O

Salvatore Seminara | classic guitar
Stefano Gori | flute
Paolo Vignani | fisarmonica
Gabriele Oglina | clarinette

In case of bad weather the concerts will take place at the Cinelari0 in Via Lusardi

Saturday August 26 - Menaggio

At 18:00 | Piazza Garibaldi

Chitarra per tutti CxT 

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at 21:00 | Lake side park

900' e contemporanea

Andrea Pace | chitarra classica
Cristiano Poli | chitarra classica

at 22:00 | Lake side park

Concordis Guitart Quartet from Portugal 

Eudoro Grade | classic guitar
Jorge Pires | chitarra classica
Pedro Ruffino | classic guitar
Manuel Toucinho | chitarra classic

In case of bad weather the concert will be held at the Cinelario in Via Lusardi

Sunday August 27 - Menaggio

At 18:00 | Pesin - Re di Quadri (Via Calvi)

Lucrezia & The-Bor Jazz

Francesca Prisco | voice
Vinicius Surian | guitar
Alessandro Verzella | drums
Jacopo Sgarzi | base


At 21:00 | Church San Carlo

Ensemble Chitarre dl Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana.



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