Ribeira Grande municipal chamber cultural director Arlindo Fortes told A Semana Online that everything is ready for the festival to begin at the scheduled time. “The violinists, some of whom even came from abroad, including Ney Évora and an Italian woman, are already all in Ribeira Grande,” said Fortes.
The festival will be opened by a group of young artists and children participating in a violin school financed by the municipal chamber and by an Italian NGO.
The late Travadinha was born in the municipality of Paúl on the island of Santo Antão, and began playing at dances when he was only nine years old. He only achieved widespread notoriety at 40, however, when he went on tour in Portugal.