OLIVA COUNCILLOR for Fiestas, Pepe Salazar recently presented the programme for the Oliva Song Fesitval 2017, accompanied by Festival Co-ordinator, Toni Rodriguez.
The Song Festival, year-on-year, is one of most anticipated events across the Oliva fair and festivals calendar.
The initial selection stage will take place on Saturday June 3 at the Centre Polivalent d’Activitats Socioculturals – ‘Last year, the selection took place in the Casa de la Festa, which was a little small, so this year the selection will take place in the Centre Polivalent d’Activitats and on the Saturday instead of the Friday, meaning even more people can attend,’ said Salazar.
Following the initial selection stage, this year’s final of the contest will take place between Friday June 16 and Sunday June 18 at the parc de l’Estacio and will also be broadcast live on the internet.
At the presentation, Toni Rodriguez thanked Pepe Salazar for his support and cooperation in organising the festival – ‘people are looking forward to the festival after having enjoyed themselves so much last year. We are ready for them and we hope that even more people participate in this year’s edition, meaning more people will come to support.’
Rodriguez and Salazar were accompanied at the presentation by President of the Association of Oil Traders (ACCO) Rosa Llopis, who said – ‘for us it will be a fantastic opportunity to promote local businesses in Oliva, especially because the Oliva Song Festival has a great social impact.’
Anyone aged 18 and over is invited to participate in the contest – both solo contestants and duets/ groups.
Registration to participate is free – call 673 229 270 (Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm) or email [email protected].
Those wishing to register should include their name, last name, ID number and address.
Registration closes on Wednesday 31 May at 2.00pm.
Each participant will perform two songs at the initial selection stage and will be required to take along their background music on CD. Of the two songs performed, at least one must be in Catalan or Spanish.
The judging panel will be made up of –
The Councillor for Fiesta, the Artistic Coordinator of the Oliva Song Festival 2016, at least one local musician, The Coach of Culture and the Secretary of the Committee on Socio-Information Services.
At the final, there will be four awards in total –
First prize: trophy and €400
Second prize: trophy and €250
Third prize: trophy and €150
Best local artist: trophy and €200
All participants in the final of the contest will also receive a diploma. Participation in the contest implies acceptance of the rules.