Loulé will host the 2019 World Accordion Trophy

The event will be attended by 52 international delegations

Loulé will host the 69th World Accordion Trophy between 3 and 9 November next year. The candidacy that, according to the Loulé Chamber, had the "impulse of Gonçalo Pescada (delegate and member of the jury of the World Confederation of Accordion) and Francisco Saboia (organizer of the International Accordion Gala)", was chosen by the World Confederation of Accordion, after decision of the Executive Committee.

Loulé's candidacy surpassed others from several countries such as China (Harbin), India and Serbia. According to Frédéric Deschamps, president of the CMA, «Portugal and the Algarve in particular have excellent conditions to host major events, and yet another event linked to the accordion, an instrument with strong traditions in the Algarve region».

«The proximity of the International Airport of Faro, the excellent acoustic quality of the Cine-Teatro Louletano and the strong interest and concern of Vítor Aleixo, Mayor of Loulé, in promoting Culture and Education in the municipality of Loulé were determining factors for the success of the application», says the Loulé autarchy.

According to Vítor Aleixo, «Loulé has invested heavily in musical education, as shown by the opening of the first Conservatory of Public Music in the South of the Tagus this year, as well as the commitment to Free Music Courses given by the Philharmonic Society Artistas de Minerva and supported by the City Council».

The mayor emphasizes that Loulé has, in this academic year 2018/2019, «about 500 music students divided between the two offers. Therefore, betting on this event is for us to reinforce this path of placing Culture and Education at the base of our municipal strategy».

The event will be attended by 52 international delegations and several candidates for competition in the different categories of soloist (classical and light music), chamber music and orchestra.

The World Accordion Trophy is the most prestigious international competition, founded in 1951 by the World Accordion Confederation. In Portugal, the competition took place in 1974 and 1985 (Caldas da Rainha), 1993 (Setúbal), 1996 (Faro), 2000 (Alcobaça), 2009 (Albufeira) and 2016 (Portimão).