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The most supportive flamenco of Cante de las Minas reaches hospitals and health centers throughout Spain by the hand of Musicians for Health (30/10/2020)

The Cante de las Minas Foundation and the Musicians for Health Foundation sign an agreement to bring flamenco from the International Festival of Cante de las Minas to patients, residents, companions and staff in hospitals.

social health and care centers for underprivileged groups in SpainOn the occasion of the celebration of the International Flamenco Day, the Cante de las Minas Foundation and the Musicians for Health Foundation have joined forces to deliver to hospitals and health centers throughout the country, a selection of performances by the winning contestants of the Latest editions of the International Festival of Cante de las Minas, which is held every year in the mining city of La Unión, in the Region of Murcia.For this solidarity action and future collaborations, the Cante de las Minas Foundation has signed a collaboration agreement with the Musicians for Health Foundation, a philanthropic organization that, since 2015, has provided moments of respite and relief through music, to help people in person (live micro-concerts) in 116 health centers and 43 hospitals and telematically (online micro-concerts) available for 1,200 hospitals and health centers.In this first collaboration, several selections of performances by the winners of the flamenco singing, dancing, guitar and instrumentalist competitions of the Unionense festival will be broadcast through the internal television circuits of hospitals, common areas and waiting rooms to be enjoyed.

both by patients and relatives, as well as by their health personnel.

In the words of the Executive President of the Cante de las Minas Foundation, Pedro López Milan, "in a year in which COVID-19 has made our 60th anniversary have to be postponed to 2021, we wanted to bring our greatest cultural exponent to the Hospital and health center patients to help make their stay more bearable during treatment periods,and at the same time to pay tribute to the health workers who are being the group most involved in this unprecedented struggle, and to whom we will always have to be grateful for their effort and professionalism.

"In the same sense, Guillermo Giner, founder and patron of the Musicians for Health Foundation, which states: "The World Health Organization (WHO) in its report" Arts & Health ", concludes that music improves? Our physical and mental health and recommends that governments apply policies that use music and the arts in the healthcare environment ", to later add:" For the beneficiaries it will be a real pleasure to achieve moments of respite with an art as loaded with strength, life and feeling as the jondo and, therefore, this collaboration is so important ".and to whom we will always have to be grateful for their effort and professionalism.

"In this same sense, Guillermo Giner, founder and patron of the Musicians for Health Foundation, understands that:" The World Health Organization (WHO) in its report "Arts & Health", concludes that music improves? our physical and mental health and recommends that governments apply policies that use music and arts in the health environment ", then add:" For the beneficiaries it will be a real pleasure to achieve moments of respite with an art as loaded with strength, life and feeling as the jondo and, therefore, this collaboration is so important ".and to whom we will always have to be grateful for their effort and professionalism.

"In this same sense, Guillermo Giner, founder and patron of the Musicians for Health Foundation, understands that:" The World Health Organization (WHO) in its report "Arts & Health", concludes that music improves? our physical and mental health and recommends that governments apply policies that use music and arts in the health environment ", and then add:" For the beneficiaries it will be a real pleasure to achieve moments of respite with an art as loaded with strength, life and feeling as the jondo and, therefore, this collaboration is so important ".founder and patron of the Musicians for Health Foundation, which states: "The World Health Organization (WHO) in its report" Arts & Health ", concludes that music improves? our physical and mental health and recommends that governments apply policies that use music and arts in the health environment ", and then add:" For the beneficiaries it will be a real pleasure to achieve moments of respite with an art as loaded with strength, life and feeling as the jondo and, therefore, it is so important this collaboration.

"founder and patron of the Musicians for Health Foundation, which states: "The World Health Organization (WHO) in its report" Arts & Health ", concludes that music improves? our physical and mental health and recommends that governments apply policies that use music and arts in the health environment ", and then add:" For the beneficiaries it will be a real pleasure to achieve moments of respite with an art as full of strength, life and feeling as the jondo and, therefore, it is so important this collaboration.

"concludes that music improves? our physical and mental health and recommends that governments apply policies that use music and arts in the health environment ", then add:" For the beneficiaries it will be a real pleasure to achieve moments of respite with an art as loaded with strength, life and feeling as the jondo and, therefore, this collaboration is so important ".concludes that music improves? our physical and mental health and recommends that governments apply policies that use music and arts in the health environment ", then add:" For the beneficiaries it will be a real pleasure to achieve moments of respite with an art as charged with strength, life and feeling as the jondo and, therefore, this collaboration is so important ".Since the Cante de las Minas Foundation and the Musicians for Health Foundation had the opportunity to cross paths, both entities were clear that it was the perfect way to bring flamenco closer to other groups, generate new audiences and promote the work of artists participants in the most mediatic and important flamenco contest in the world.International Festival of Cante de las MinasThe Cante de las Minas Festival has been held year after year without interruption since 1961 in the city of La Unión (Murcia).

Every August, the most established flamenco singing, toque and dance artists come together, as well as those other promising young artists or emerging artists who yearn to achieve the coveted Mining Lamp, or any other of the prestigious awards that said Contest awards, and they are a great springboard for your career.

Parallel to the flamenco galas and competitions, the Festival hosts an extensive agenda of cultural activities that also revolve around flamenco art, all of which makes the city of La Unión become the world capital of the flamenco, which is why the event has been declared of International Tourist Interest.The Cantes Mineros and de Levante were declared an Asset of Cultural Interest of an immaterial nature in 2010 and have their origin in the massive migratory flows that during the entire 19th century constituted large demographic and urban concentrations in the mining districts of Linares-La Carolina, Almería and the Sierras de Gador, and Cartagena-La Unión.The Cantes de las Minas, as they are known today, arise from the miscegenation between the primitive songs brought by the Andalusian miners and the autochthonous songs of the Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, spreading mainly in the singing cafes of the time.

, very frequented by miners.These songs, known under the name of tarantas, miners, Cartagena, Levante, Murcia ...

were an expression of the sufferings of a severely exploited people, victims of particularly harsh working conditions.From the beginning of the 20th century until the 1950s of the previous century, the mining crisis hit La Unión hard, and collaterally these cantes experienced a decline that endangered their survival.

In 1961, La Unión received a visit from Juanito Valderrama, a very popular artist at the time, who invited fans to defend the rich heritage of La Unión's mining cantes.A group of neighbors, passionate defenders of the traditions of La Unión, and the City Council itself echo the desperate call of Valderrama and created in October 1961 the I National Festival of Cante de las Minas de La Unión.Since then, and until today, more than half a century of serious and rigorous work in defense of the best flamenco, have made the event the most respected contest among critics and the public worldwide.Musicians for HealthMusicians for Health is a foundation that helps combat loneliness caused by illness or vulnerability through emotionally significant micro-concerts.Empirically demonstrating the benefits of live music in the health field, conducting clinical studies and generating a new employment modality for musical performers, are some of those derived from an initiative that prioritizes the person in a vulnerable situation.Musicos por la Salud has obtained the "Culture and Patronage" seal from the Ministry of Culture, has received the Optimist Hospital Award in 2017 and has been ranked 2nd in Optimist Hospital in 2018, has been awarded by the Inocente, Inocente Gala of RTVE, among others.With this action, flamenco will reach patients in hospitals throughout Spain such as:Madrid: La Paz, Gregorio Marañón, Ramón y Cajal, Carlos III, Puerta Hierro, Príncipe Asturias ...Catalonia: Vall d'Hebron, ...Valencia: La Fe, General, Clínico, Dr Peset, Arnau Vilanova, Manises, Sagunto, Liria, Marina BaixaAragón: Miguel Servet, Royo Villanova, …Castilla León: Clínico Valladolid, Río Hortega, ...Castilla La Mancha: GuadalajaraCanarias: Dr NegrínEl número de pacientes, familiares y sanitarios previsto que disfruten del flamenco del Cante de las Minas puede llegar a las 500.000 personas.

Source: Agencias

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