The 34th edition of the Festival Ibérico de Música de Badajoz will be held in the second half of May. It is a festival that, like the River Guadiana, has a long but broken course which goes back to 1973, with a break between 1979 and 1983, ending its first period in 1986.
Ten years later in 1996, the Sociedad Filarmónica de Badajoz was founded. It restored the Festival Ibérico de Música and has taken responsibility for its organization and programming ever since. The desire to keep the title “Festival Ibérico” is due to its nature as a Spanish-Portuguese festival and the musical fame acquired in its first editions by the presence of such great musicians as Esteban Sánchez, the pianist from Extremadura, or the finest Portuguese orchestras (Gulbenkian, Oporto…). The 1996 edition saw the appearance of Jordi Savall and his wife, the soprano Montserrat Figueras. Since then, over the past 20 years, musicians such as Grigory Sokolov, David Russell, Caio Pagano, José Luis Estellés, Elena Gragera, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Asier Polo, Jorge Luis Prats or Javier Perianes among others, and renowned ensembles like the Gabrieli Consort & Players, the Queen Sofia Chamber Orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico, Musica Antiqua Köln with Reinhardt Göbel, the Casals Quartet, the Octeto Ibérico de Violonchelos, the Oxalys Ensemble, etc. have all visited Badajoz for the Festival.
At present the Festival Ibérico is considered a well-established festival and has become the most important classical music festival in the region. It also belongs to Festclásica, the Spanish Association of Classical Music Festivals, and is a member of its Governing Board.