May 5, 2020 - Montenegro International Guitar Competition (Tivat 2020) will be held from May 30 to June 1 in an online format, under the slogan Safe Port of Music. This year's 14th edition will be realized by the Music Center of Montenegro and NGO Anagastum, with the support of the Tivat Center for Culture and the sponsorship of Euro Strings - European Guitar Festival Collaborative Platform.
Competitors can apply for participation until May 25 in two categories - with and without age restrictions. Registration is done by filling in the application form, which, with all the information and rules of this year's edition, is available at guitarmontenegro.com. Numerous and valuable prizes were provided for the first-place winners, including a handmade Andreas Marvi guitar worth € 8,000 and a Slavko Mrdalj guitar worth € 5,000. Also, the best will have the opportunity to perform at the Guitar Forum in Vienna, hold a series of concerts in Europe, in the EuroStrings platform countries, play with the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra.
Due to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a globally conducted campaign aimed at all of us staying in our homes, the organizers decided to implement the competition part of the event by broadcasting performances by all participants via the EuroStrings platform and the official MIGC Facebook page. In this way, all fans of the acoustic guitar will be able to perform a series of concerts as part of the most prominent guitar event in Montenegro.
At the end of 2017, the International Guitar Competition (MIGC) became part of the Euro Strings - European Guitar Festival Collaborative platform, which is partly funded by the EU Creative Europe budget. This project is a partnership of seventeen guitar festivals from Europe focused on supporting the flow of young talent at festivals and providing opportunities for new classical guitarists to reach wider international audiences, enabling them to transnational work and gain access to new markets.
Euro Strings includes similar festivals from Austria, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Germany, Croatia, Hungary, BiH, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Romania, and the United Kingdom. The principal objective of the project is to contribute to the development of a dynamic and diverse European classical guitar scene, reflecting the shared values, preoccupations, and challenges of the 21st century.