While the winter months in Ajijic are jam-packed with theater productions, chilli cookoffs, lip-sync concerts, a plethora of musical events, Semana Santa celebrations and heavy traffic, the summer months for those that live in our magical town year-round, can sometimes feel dry, even if it is the rainy season. But year rounders in Ajijic now have a summer event to look forward to.
The same group of people responsible for bringing the music of Northern Lights Festival de Febrero to Ajijic for the last 16 years began work on a new project back in September, 2017 that will come to fruition for two weeks from August 11 to 26.
Named Festival del Lago, this music festival is a little different from its sister festival in February. While Festival de Febrero is a two-week intensive production of daily concerts, this festival’s priorities are geared toward the training and development of advanced classical music students.
With an international faculty hailing from such prestigious institutions as The Royal Academy of Music in London, the Scandinavian Cello School in Copenhagen, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Universities of Toronto and McGill, the Festival del Lago has the potential to change the entire music education landscape of Mexico.
What is even more impressive is the international array of students that have been recruited to attend. According to the festival’s artistic director Christopher Wilshere, there are students coming from as far away as England, Korea and Iceland. Among the dozen international students attending will be 24 Mexican students on scholarships. In total, 36 students will attend the summer workshop along with nine faculty members – a very favorable ratio of teachers to students.