The City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, through the Youth area, will collaborate with the organization of the Womad festival to create, for the first time in the trajectory of this cultural event in the Islands, a stage for young local talent, one of the main novelties of its 21st edition, which will be held from November 7 to 10 in the Santa Catalina Park.
This was announced yesterday by the Councilor for Youth of the City Council, Carla Campoamor, and the festival director, Dania Dévora. The new scenario will be called LPAJuventud @ WOMAD and will be a space adjacent to the festival in which a total of eight bands and soloists from the Canary Islands will perform, whose members are between 16 and 30 years old. The artists will offer six hours of live music.
The City Council will allocate 15,000 euros to this new proposal "whose objective is to support emerging talents and promote musical culture among young people through a meeting that is characterized by the dissemination of values such as solidarity, respect and coexistence", The councilwoman pointed out.
This new stage will be scheduled on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, with three hours of concert each day. The mayor said that the City Council will open a registration period for those groups and soloists who are interested in participating in this scenario, "in which Canarian artists or residents of the Islands, who do not have any record contract, may present their creations musicals". The initiative has its origin in the Womad de Cáceres.
For the director of Womad, Dania Dévora, this scenario is "gratifying", since it is an idea that the festival was pursuing "for a long time".
The bases to participate in the selection process will be published on August 26 on the City Council website, with registration period between September 2 and October 2. Those selected will be announced on October 14.