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New Orleans International Guitar Festival 2017 to Promote Diversity and Unity through Music


Kenner, LA-- Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte (Cervantes Hispanic-American Arts Foundation) is proud to announce its third annual New Orleans International Guitar Festival 2017 to be celebrated from May 16-20. International, national and local artists are will be scheduled to perform and promote diversity and unity through music. A “Young Artists” competition will take place during the week with prizes for the top competitors. While most of the week’s events will take place at different venues throughout New Orleans including Tulane University, a fun, spirited celebration, “Guitar Fiesta,” will end the festival on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint. A schedule of events with the artist line-up will be released as soon as artists are confirmed. Most of the events will be free including admission to the “Guitar Fiesta.”

The objective of the festival is to showcase the guitar which is used in a wide variety of musical genres worldwide. It is recognized as a primary instrument in genres such as classical, blues, bluegrass, country, flamenco, folk, jazz, mariachi, metal, punk, reggae, rock, soul and many forms of pop. The festival will highlight the guitar in some of these genres along with other members of the guitar family such as the lute, theorbo, banjo, Venezuelan cuatro and Cuban tres, just to name a few.

Cervantes has prided itself in keeping this event family friendly and open to the public, but most importantly to include the educational component for our community which will allow it to flock to a workshop to hear these musical masters demonstrate playing techniques, teach the secrets of their art, talk about their lives in music and even invite aspiring players to join them in a spontaneous performance. After all, one of the goals is to mentor and help develop the next generation of musicians.

“We launched this project in 2015 for everyone to enjoy. The guitar is a very accessible instrument for most people and is such an important part of a lot of lives. It only made sense to create such a festival in one of the most diverse and musically influenced cities in the world. This year we want to promote diversity and unity through music. It’s important to stress that music has no borders and can communicate so much to people around the world,” said Javier Olondo, director of Cervantes.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at this time and all donations are tax-deductible. More information will be announced later as the artist line-up is updated. For more information you can call 504.615.9070. Please visit to see highlights of past festivals and updates for the 2017 schedule.  


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Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte was created in 1982 by Guillermo De Bango, as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, with the mission to promote modern and classical Hispanic arts and cultural traditions. These include music, dance, literature, fine arts, and culinary arts, among others. Cervantes has had a major impact in the Hispanic community and the Louisiana community in general. Today, Cervantes has established four major events throughout the calendar year: Mardi Gras Mambo, New Orleans International Guitar Festival, Que Pasa Fest and Christmas of Hope. Fundraising and social events also occur during the year. The organization was named after Miguel de Cervantes, a Spanish novelist, poet and playwright, who lived during the 16th century.

Hispanic Flavor Productions was created in 2007 with the goal to enhance and enrich the Hispanic culture and traditions by creating diverse events such as festivals, classical music concerts, art exhibits, music conferences, among other events. Some past and present productions by Hispanic Flavor include: Que Pasa New Orleans TV show on Telemundo 42; Buena Vista Social at Maison; Sociedad Española Celebration; Que Pasa Nights; Fiesta de Independencia de Centro America; and Havana Nights. It has also partnered with Cervantes to co-present all of its events.