This Festival was built in 2015 with the dream of bringing together at the beautiful UNESCO Heritage Monuments of Old Goa a festival to celebrate coexistence and intercultural dialogue where different traditions and faiths from India and the world can meet, praise, and create new paths, with the hope that music can help us all understand the urgent demand for dialogue that our modern society needs.
The Festival offers concerts, courses, and conferences with musicians and artists from several traditions from around the world: Carnatic, Christian, Sufi, Hindustani, Jewish, Orthodox, and many others. The Coexistence leitmotiv (motto) leads our difficult task of intercultural dialogue and tolerance with immense respect and understanding of all traditions.
THE UPCOMING EDITION: 6th to 8th April 2021.
The 6th edition of the Ketevan Sacred Music Festival will be broadcast online in April 2021 from the UNESCO Heritage City of Old Goa and will include concerts, talks, and interviews shot in different heritage monuments in countries and more than 10 cities, as Old Goa, Boston, London, Lisbon, Rome, Liverpool, Varanasi, Jaisalmer and Tbilisi among other, expecting audiences from India and around the world to attend this upcoming edition.
The festival will present concerts from 6 countries, 10 cities, more than 100 artists sharing their music and stories from emblematic places such as the Ghats, the Ganges river, the Thar desert, the Liverpool Cathedral, the monasteries of the Caucasus mountains, or the magnificent monuments of Old Goa UNESCO Heritage City, headquarters of our festival.
This year's program includes dazzling concerts such as the monks of the Tibetan monastery of Drepung, the Portuguese ensemble Cardo Roxo, live from the beautiful Quinta da Regaleira (Lisbon), the songs of the nomadic tribes of the Thar desert (India), the choir of the University of Goa premiering the Cantata A Vox Clamantis, based on the life of the French mystic Charles de Foucauld, specially written for our festival by Maestro Santiago Lusardi Girelli. In addition, this edition will feature the voice and a life story of Pandit Ritwik Sanyal, who got the highest award for music in India, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, and who will be singing texts by Saint Francis of Assisi from Varanasi and Old Goa; the vocal ensemble Nightingale with music specially commissioned for this edition, singing from Boston at the outstanding north American forests. From Georgia, the Agshavali Vocal Ensemble will share their orthodox chant from the Alaverdi monastery, located in the Caucasus Mountains, the land of Ketevan. The Indian pianist Parvesh Java will perform John Cage music together with the Lux Vocalis Ensemble, live from Old Goa. Finally, two organ pipe masters will share their music and stories from their own cities, from Liverpool Cathedral in the UK, and from Santa Maria la Maggiore Basilica, in Rome.
ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN
Every year our festival is funded by local sponsors, colleagues, and music lover donations, and we all work as volunteers. This year, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it has been very hard to keep the festival alive. We have raised already 70% of our budget for this upcoming edition, and we still have to raise INR 3 lakhs to cover all the expenses. We hope you can support us to cover the remaining costs of artists’ fees, production, shoots, and logistics of this edition.
Total budget to set-up and organise such vibrant festival involving dozens of artists and support staff comes up to INR 3L.
EXPENSE BREAK UP
SNIPPETS FROM LAST YEAR'S FESTIVAL
Jana Lalovic (Germany) at the MOCA - Old Goa
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