• 13 years of WorldMusic in the city of Loulé

    The MED Festival began in 2004, with the aim of creating a "different and unique" music festival. Over the years it has extended its cultural dynamics and, with the countries of the Mediterranean Basin as the starting point, the festival opened out to the world. "It opened up borders because music and culture don’t have, can’t have borders! The World Music concept itself has been dimming and the MED Festival has contributed to this wide promotion”, explained Raquel Bulha, coordinator of radio programs associated with WorldMusic.

    With a daily average of 7 thousand people, over these 12 years of MED, there were 408 bands from 38 countries, and over 500 hours of music was played. The musical selection and focus on artistic quality are the most important factors, surprising the public year after year. The stages of the MED have welcomed prestigious names in the international scene of Worldmusic, like Amadou & Mariam, Solomon Burke, Kimmo Pohonen, Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club and Bajofondo Tango Club.

    Most recently, MED received two nominations ("Best Medium-Sized Festival" and "Best Urban Festival") for the 3rd edition of the Portugal Festival Awards and was a finalist in the Iberian Festival Awards in four categories: "Best Medium-Sized Festival" and "Best Touristic Promotion", "Best Cultural Programme" and "Contribution to Sustainability".


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