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New SUMA Festival to involve artistic and musical members of the public 

PAGE 31 New SUMA Festival
A new cultural proposal is on its way to the north of Tenerife: the SUMA Festival, Santa Úrsula Music and Art.

This is an initiative that will take place from September 13th to 16th in the surroundings of the Casona de San Luis and aims to become a benchmark in terms of participation and artistic-musical experimentation.

After the holidays, the municipality will live four days of intense cultural activity in which there will be no shortage of concerts, parades, shows, recitals, batukadas, work-shops and contests, among other proposals. The novelty of this initiative is the openness to all audiences who want to have an experience not as observers but as participants and co-protagonists of several of the scheduled shows.

Mayor of Santa Ursula, Juan Acosta said: “This new project arises to respond to the artistic abilities of the population of all ages. Mainly, those of those who sing or play an instrument but also those who practice photo-graphy or write and recite poetry. Anyone with con-cerns ‘adds up’ in this fes-tival.”

In the SUMA line-up, there are the Flesh Company, Naturally Gospel, L’rollin Clarinet Band, Barrios Orquestados, Yeray Rodrí-guez, 101 Brass Band and Bloko del Valle. Many of these performances will have the participation of the public, who previously will have held rehearsal sessions to be able to go on stage to display their talent in a group manner.

The cultural offer is com-pleted with a more interactive programme, consisting of workshops, a competition and recital of poetry, a photography contest and a meeting of students of music schools.

“It is a set of proposals with which attendees become active participants who can learn different musical styles, delve into our folklore or publicly deploy their skills in singing or playing an instrument with a band,” said councillor of culture , Santiago Pérez.

Access to all planned performances and shows will be completely free, as well as registration in the workshops and complementary activi-ties.

The proposals are aimed at all ages.

“In this way, not only the artistic-musical interaction between professionals and amateurs will be fostered, but an intergenerational expe-rience will be shared among children, youth and adults with a common language, which will be music,” Santiago Pérez explained.

*See also www.faceboo-k.com/sumafestival/