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Connecting the music of the mountains of the world

The Sounds of the Highlands

The wind descends from the mountain peaks with a whispering, melodic voice; a thread which runs through all the other voices telling their joys and their melancholies, their victories and their hopes; all the stories of our lives. The music of the highlands, almost as old as the mountains themselves, is a language shared by all highlands peoples, from the Himalaya to the Andes, passing through the Alps and the Pyrenees, the Atlas Ranges, and more.

From field to field, from peak to peak, the music carries the news, the warnings, the celebrations and the laments. As the centuries pass, it evolves, mixes, adopts new forms and accepts new instruments, but it always continues marking the passage of the life.

So is born the International Highlands Music Festival: a challenge to encourage the creativity, develop the talent and promote recognition of this rich musical expression. Above all, the festival seeks to unite the different strands of this cultural heritage in a celebration of integration in Lima.

The festival is not just about music; it also seeks to explore Highlands issues, such as environmental change, in order to understand better the cultures of the Highlands in the contemporary world. We are convinced that there is a profound and undeniable relationship between culture and environment; we are defined by our environment in all of its aspects, in the riches which it gives us and on which we build our lives. Our music is one of the most genuine expressions of this relationship with our environment, our past, and our distinct ways of seeing the world.

With the second edition of the festival, we invite you to share with us the music of all the mountains of the world.

Organized by

Asociación Arte de Alturas