Arrasate accordion competition
It’s been nothing more and nothing less than 42 years, since the Guipuzcoan Accordion Confederation, which is now called Hauspoz, created the first contest in this Basque city to promote the world of accordion. Teachers, students, composers and accordionists who take their first steps towards the professional musical world are invited.
This competition, which is held this year from 7th to 10th December, aims to reward the efforts of teachers and students through healthy competition and the staging of the young accordion promises of the moment. Thank you for showing your art!
Photograph: Esti Veintemillas. It shows last year International Contest winners: Aydar Salakhov, Jianan Tian and José Valente.
The Legend of Mondragón
First of all, I wanted to tell you that the origin of the name of this city has a legend: the legend of the dragon. According to Wikipedia,
Mondragón (name in Spanish for Basque Arrasate) comes from ‘Montdragon’, because in the mount Santa Bárbara there lived a dragon, which terrorised the inhabitants of Arrasate and the environment.
The less romantic peploe believe that this story was an invention of the King Alfonso X The Wise, who in 1620 founded the city (he had much imagination), or that comes from the gentleman Frey Guillen de Mondragón, an intimate friend of the king.
If you look at the photo, the prize is shaped like a dragon, now you know why!