Lima / Ayacucho (Huamanga / Sarhua)
May 3 – 8 2019



FIMA in Lima

  • The closing ceremony, in which all the selected musicians participated, was under the direction of the professor and musician Rosario Púñez, representing the National College of Folklore «José María Arguedas», some of whose students also participated.
  • A master class oriented towards the students of the National College of Folklore was organized, featuring the participation of the groups from Argentina, Austria, Italy, Ecuador and Peru.
  • With the support of SERPAR, concerts were organised in two zonal clubs:
  • On Sunday, May 5, the Municipality of Barranco organised a concert in the Bajada de Baños, with the participation of the musicians from Austria, Argentina and Peru, attracting the attendance of 150 people.

FIMA Ayacucho: Huamanga and Sarhua

All of the concerts and other activities of FIMA, in Lima and in Ayacucho (Huamanga and Sarhua), were free of entry charges.

Goals achieved


  • The site of the main concerts of the 4th FIMA in Lima — Plazuela de las Artes — has a smaller capacity than the space used up to the 3td edition, Exposition Park. In the two nights of the concerts, 1296 people attended, filling the space.
  • In Huamanga, where the main concert was held in the main square, an audience of about 500 people congregated, partly the result of the lack of publicity and an inappropriate staging.
  • In Sarhua, where local authorities and residents were key participants in the organization, about 700 people of all ages attended.

Decentralised and parallel concerts. Holding concerts in other public spaces in Lima brought the festival to a new public and strengthened institutional ties.


Huamanga and Sarhua. It was very appreciated that all the musical groups of the 4th FIMA (except Peru) traveled together to Ayacucho, producing a closer approximation and integration. It’s important to continue holding this type of conjoint activities, which would be even more potent if the entire delegation (musicians, organizers and others) could travel together by road in order to respect the environment, better understand the Peruvian geography, and share more time together.

Closure of FIMA in Sarhua. It was a valuable experience, both in musical and human terms. Coordinations started a year prior with the assistance of UNESCO Peru. The local authorities and residents organised with enthusiasm and affection, and the result, despite the limitations implicit in a remote Andean community, were gratifying for all involved. The concert in the main square was unique, and the audience enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Andean language. In the Year of Original Languages, FIMA was once again held in Quechua, this time in Sarhua with the invaluable assistance of Sarhua educator Elizabeth Canchari. In this way, the community became an active and integrated participant.

Strategic Alliances. The Metropolitan Municipality of Lima has become a strategic ally with the realization of the festival’s fourth edition. We hope to be able to continue counting on the support of the Municipality, and to strengthen the relationship. The festival has had enjoyed close links with the embassies of highlands countries since its first edition, making possible the participation of their musicians. Also with UNESCO Peru.


  • The musicians are the protagonists and principle allies of the festival; without them, it would be impossible to realize anything. Up to now, 38 groups — more than 100 musicians — have participated in the main concerts, representing the Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya, and the Pyrenees. Many have also performed in and helped with other activities in Cusco, Arequipa, Cajamarca and Ayacucho (Huamanga, Vilcashuaman and Sarhua).
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  • For the first time, the musicians stayed in a hotel very near to the Lima main concert venue, which was very convenient: they could walk to the Plazuela, and also explore the historic centre of Lima or join guided tours.


  • The 4th edition was largely made possible by the generosity of the Municipality of Lima, who contributed the location (Plazuela de las Artes and the salons of the Municipal Theatre), the main concert production, and the musicians’ accommodation in Lima.
  • The Swiss Embassy, the Swiss Cultural Fund, the Prohelvetia Foundation, the Austrian Embassy, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the Chilean Embassy made possible the participation of the groups from their respective countries.
  • The Culture Secretary of Mendoza (Argentina), the Bank of the Pacific, Pacari and Humana (Ecuador), and MusikWagen and the Municipality of Barranco (Peru) provided specific support.
  • We recognise and value the economic contributions of Quimica Suiza, Otto Kunz, Notaria Hidalgo, UNESCO and the office of Congresswoman Tania Pariona, as well as the services of SERPAR, Kuna, and Tanta and Pardo’s Chicken in the Historic Centre of Lima.
  • The logos of sponsors appeared in publicity materials, print and electronic, including posters, website, social networks, the festival program, banners and roll screen (some of which are reproduced in Annex I, Advertising and Publicity Materials).


  • The strategic alliance with the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, through its Department of Culture, was fundamental. As co-organizer, the municipality contributed priority items for the 4th FIMA (venue, technical production, hotel accommodation for the musicians), and we hope to strengthen this relationship in order to continue offering Lima residents a high-quality production about the music and culture of the world’s mountain regions.
  • The alliance with UNESCO Peru is valuable. Since the first edition, we have been working closely together with the objective of strengthening our capacities in various areas (music, environment and highlands culture) and to connect with other institutions.
  • The alliance with the National College of Folklore «José María Arguedas» has also been valuable in the realisation of two specific activities: the closing act and the master class. In both cases, the participation of the College was active and committed. For the students of music, the master class was an enriching interchange of experiences and rhythms.
  • The festival in Huamanga, coordinated by the DDC Ayacucho in alliance with DIRCETUR, showed certain origanizational problems and setbacks.
  • The festival in Sarhua, coordinated by the Municipal District in alliance with the Provincial Municipality of Victor Fajardo and other institutions, realised unforgettable activities for residents and visitors despite some organizational difficulties.

Recognitions and Thanks

  • FIMA is organised and realised thanks to the invaluable effort and commitment of its team, comprising Sheila Acuña, Gabriela Altuna, Liana Cisneros, Alfredo Cueva, Lupe Green, Rici Lake y Nátaly Yauri, who for years now have been working with professionalism and love, supported during the festival by an important group of volunteers, many of whom have been working with the festival since its first edition. And this edition, just as in the previous one, counted with the valuable contributions of Lorenzo Dávila and Diego Cáceres.
  • Participating musicians are selected by a committee of curators: Leo Casas, Liana Cisneros, Carlos Flores Ledesma y Johannes Rühl.


It’s important to note that much of the work for the organization and implementation of the festival is not reflected in the financial statements. The success of FIMA 2019 depended on a huge team of volunteers, inside and outside of Peru, who donated their time over several months to make this project a reality.

Expenses Realized by the Association Arte de Alturas Realized by sponsors Total
Production, site and installation 2,055.00 18,405.00 20,460.00
Musicians (travel, accomodation, catering, and other related) 3,291.28 81,021.59 84,312.87
Publicity and media 3,405.54 3,405.54
Administration and other expenses 2,539.30 2,539.30
Events outside of Lima 1,882.06 20,570.00 22,452.06
13,173.18 119,996.59 133,169.77
Financial donations 2,000.00 2,000.00
Donations in services 119,996.59 119,996.59
Sales 4,397.00 4,397.00
6,397.00 119,996.59 126,393.59

  1. The reported costs of services are on the basis of estimations made by the sponsors.
  2. The report of costs includes payments made in the 15 months ending August 31, 2019.
  3. Amounts in foreign currency were converted to Peruvian New Soles according to the exchange rate on May 6, 2019.


Annex I: Advertising and publicity materials

  • 4th FIMA 2019 — Poster
  • 4th FIMA 2019 — Programme Brochure (front, back)
  • 4th FIMA 2019 Ayacucho/Sarhua — Banner

Annex II: Media Coverage

Press clipping (38 as a PDF file, mostly in Spanish)

Some notes in digital formats (in Spanish)

Annex III: Commentaries about the festival

1000 gracias a todos por esta maravillosa experiencia que la llevaré por siempre en el corazón. Ha sido fantástico conocerlos y estoy muy orgulloso de haber compartido estos fantásticos escenarios con cada uno de ustedes. Gracias por hacer de este viaje Una posibilidad maravillosa de aprendizaje. Carlos Grijalva, músico que representó a Ecuador.

Muchas gracias por toda la buena música, la amabilidad, la alegría y las buenas experiencias, lo guardaré en mi corazón para siempre. Fue un viaje increíble y un festival maravilloso. Sigan haciendo un buen trabajo y compartiendo amor. Nayan Stalder, músico que representó a Suiza. Queridos amigos, músicos y amigos del festival, fue un gran placer conocerlos y trabajar con ustedes. Creo que siempre recordaré el Perú, la gente, la música. Espero que en el futuro aún podamos encontrarnos. Carlo Rizzo, músico que representó a Italia.

Gracias por todo lo compartido. El grupo entero está feliz y con la emoción a flor de piel, abrazos desde Cusco. Hasta pronto y que la música siga generando amor hacia nuestros pueblos y nuestras montañas. Cristina Pérez, música que representó a Argentina.

¡El tiempo en el Festival fue increíble y les agradezco desde el fondo de mi corazón por hacer esto posible! Además de las muchas personas increíbles que conocí, pude llevarme muchas cosas como músico … ¡fue un placer! Gracias por eso. Jakob Steinkeller, músico que representó a Austria.

Commentaries in social networks

Felicidades amigos y que sigan cultivando el arte y difundiendo nuestra cultura a través de la música, éxitos lleno de bendiciones. Jorge Luis Pizarro (Lima)

De verdad, muy bien organizado y yo apuesto que seguirán puliendo algunos detalles… bendiciones para el equipazo. Carlos Abanto Salaverry (Lima)

Estuvo excelente todo!!!! fue como viajar por distintos paises y zonas geográficas a través de la música. Muy bello todo. Karina Aldaba Flores (Lima)

Hermosa presentación! Gracias a los organizadores por hacer realidad este tipo de eventos que me transportaron a otras respetadas y majestuosas culturas! Placida Blas Seytú (Ayacucho)

Bella interpretación y un escenario espectacular. Felicitaciones! Mariella Rivas Castañeda (Ayacucho)

Bello festival de música y colores de nuestra patria. Peggy Sandra Arévalo (Ayacucho)