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Classical Music Lovers Agree: The Cartagena International Music Festival is Entirely Underrated

Updated September 6, 2023

The Cartagena International Music Festival is just one of the many things to do in Colombia for music lovers—and possibly the most underrated. Find out why and message us with any questions you still have!

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The CIMF is one of the biggest classical festivals in the world

The CIMF is a lengthy festival that showcases notable classical musicians and vocalists from around the world. Held every January in Cartagena and Barranquilla, the 2024 festival is scheduled to take place between January 5 and January 13. 

The festival has gone from humble origins to an extravaganza

The CIMF was founded by Italian-American harpist Victor Salvi and his wife Julia, a Colombia native and arts enthusiast. The festival is dedicated to introducing Colombians, especially young people, to classical composers and musical masterpieces. Today, the music festival averages 35 concerts by 250 musicians every year hailing from all around the world.

You need to check it out, but be sure to plan in advance

Tickets to the festival go since approximately 25,000 people attend the festival on average. Obviously, CIMF a must-add to any Colombian holiday, so make sure to have one of our travel experts build your itinerary around the dates.

Ready to be taken to new heights by soprano singers or sway to the sound of orchestras at Cartagena International Music Festival? One of our Colombian trip planners can plan the perfect festival getaway—so feel free to message us with any questions. And before your trip, make sure to check out:


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