Folk Music Contest and Gold Digging in Spain

Navelgas, Spain – A fascinating combination of world music and gold mining will take place this summer in the small Asturian valley of Navelgas (Tinéo) in northern Spain. The July 27-29 weekend is known as "Gold and Folk" and it includes Spain’s most reputable folk music contest, “Cuartu Los Valles”, and the Spanish Championship of Gold Diggers.

This charming valley has barely 200 inhabitants and it includes the Museo del Oro de Asturias (Asturias Gold Museum), the Museo Vaqueiro de Asturias (Asturias Cowboy Museum) and the Museo del Bosque (Forest Museum), all within a 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) radius. In addition, there are hiking trails, such as "Brezo"; horse riding trails, and more.

The Museo del Oro provides gold digging equipment for rental (pans, bars, boots, pick axes, etc.) so that anyone with an adventurous spirit can look for gold in the river Esva. There are also gold digging instructors and guided tours available to vist the Roman mine ruins at Navelgas.


Friday, 27 July:

Free gold digging and training

.17:00h. Championship presentation and inaugural parade.
.22:00h. Spanish folk music concerts :

-Hector Braga (Asturias, Spain)
-Ghaita Depedra (Lugo, Spain)
-Hato de Foces (Huesca, Spain)

Saturday, 28 July:

.09:00h. All day Gold Digging Competition.
.18:00h. Champs Elysees puppeteers, from Paris.
.22:00h. International Folk Music Finals .

-Dealan (Barcelona, Spain)
-Dulzaineros del Bajo Aragón.(Zaragoza, Spain)
-Ghatusain (Vizcaya, Spain)
-Keympa (Barcelona, Spain)
-Ophiusa (Pontevedra, Spain)

The jury is formed by: Mario Correia (Sons da Terra – Portugal, Spain) , Jesús Barroso (Canal Sur –Andalucía, Spain) , Salvador Cored (Festival Iberia Folk –Huesca, Spain) , Paco Quevedo (Festival Castañeda – Cantabria, Spain) , Juan Pablo Marco (Festival Povorina – Teruel, Spain).,

Sunday, 29 July :

10:00h. Gold digging finals.
Award ceremony

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Author: World Music Central News Department

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