Idanha-a-Nova City Of Music of 
 Creative Cities Network of UNESCO
Since 2015
Orquestra Sem Fronteiras / Orquesta Sin Fronteras



An orchestra is born in Idanha-a-Nova.

Orquestra Sem Fronteiras (OSF), translating as orchestra with no borders, is a newly found music organization that will be based in Idanha-a-Nova. It is endorsed by Portuguese ministries of culture, economy and education, and endeavors a hybrid mission of combining these tree fields into one. 

Through the selection of the best talented musicians among schools throughout inland Portugal and Spain, the Raia, an orchestra will be formed and perform in several cities, towns and remote villages, offering these musicians paid work and, with it, promoting their growth as professionals while helping fight the talent drain of inland Iberia.

The constitution of the orchestra will be variable according to the venues, repertoire, and body of music students contributing on each occasion. It is estimated that by the end of 2019, over 150 music students shall have participated in one or more activities of OSF.

The orchestra's debut will see 42 young musicians share the stage of Centro Cultural Raiano, Idanha-a-Nova, on March 22nd, followed by subsequent performances in Campo Maior and Badajoz.

OSF endorses a poilicy of social inclusion, offering free access to all its concerts, complementing performance with pedagogy and visiting areas and populations where there is no sustained contact with this kind of form of art. In April, OSF will launch a groundbreaking initiative, maratonas com orquestra de bolso (marathons with pocket orchestra), where a small itinerant 20-piece orchestra will visit many remote places and offer informal concerts preceded by oral introductions tailored to the population they target.

Orquestra Sem Fronteiras' project will be enriched with masterclasses, visiting guest artists, forums and more, taking place in 20 different locations over the next four months.


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