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guatemala flag  Guatemala Celebrates World Accordion Day
On Wednesday May 6th, at 7:00 PM, for the first time in Guatemala, an accordionists gathering was held in celebration of the World Accordion Day.
The event took place at the Alliance Française located in Guatemala City, where eighteen accordionists, some of them from different towns around the country, came to perform and participate to the event. The performers played solo music of different genres ranging from Tango to Musette, from Bolero to Classical music.

Accordionist Luis Gonzalez Arocha had the idea and vision to organize and coordinate the event allowing accordionists from Guatemala to partake in this worldwide celebration. Together with L. Gonzalez Arocha and Jorge Herrera from the Alliance Française, they invited other accordionists to attend the meeting and to promote public awareness of the accordion in Guatemala.

Accompanied by wine and snacks, accordionists and and the general public showed great enthusiasm for this celebration, which was an outstanding opportunity to share experiences, and to listen and play wonderful music.

The meeting concluded with the performance of Guatemalan folk music, by the participating accordionists.

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Fito Alegria
Luis Gonzalez Arocha
Edgar Avila
Oscar Barneond
Luis Fernando Becker
Edgar Calderon
Edgar Calderon & Victor Silva
and Alfredo Murga
Nery Cano
performing at WAD
Jorge Herrera De La Cerda
greeting by Jorge Herrera De La Cerda
and Luis Gonzalez Arocha
Ana Georgina Linares
Roberto Martinez
Juan Francisco "Quico" Martinez
Alfredo Murga
Gabriel Ortiz
Thelma Avila de Paredes
Ivonne Reyna
Efrain "el Chato" Solis
Lilia Tello (Acompanada por Jorge)
World Accordion Day in Guatemala
Members of the audience enjoying the World Accordion Day Celebrations
The Accordionists who performed on World Accordion Day

What:  World Accordion Day
When: 6th May
Why: a unified global effort to celebrate and promote the Accordion
Where: World Wide!
Contact: Harley Jones - CIA Public Relations Officer e-mail:

Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) - General Secretary

Kimmo Mattila - Kyrösselänkatu 3, FIN-39500 Ikaalinen, FINLAND
Phone: +358 3 4400221, Fax +358 3 4589071 E-mail:

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