Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival, 2017 – Remembering a Saint, a Queen

The Colonial part of Old Goa comes alive again

The Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival will begin at Old Goa from 10th to 19th February. The Festival showcases a combination of musical traditions from different eras from the East and the West. The Ketevan Music Festival got its name from the erstwhile Saint, Queen Ketevan. A 16th Century Georgian Queen who suffered in exile in Persia. Her relics are believed to be found in the Augustine Monastery, or what’s left of it, at Old Goa.

Schedule of Events

Inter-religious musical dialogues by UK-based Ignacio Monteverde and Iraq-based Ahmed Mukhtar at 6.45pm at St Monica Convent open the Festival.

The next programme – A performance by the Goa University Choir with Ketevan artistes from UK, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Argentina and Australia in concert.


Vandalia Vocal Ensemble of Spain to perform on day two, February 11, at the Museum of Christian Art, followed by a performance by Marialena Fernandes and Trio, at St Monica Convent.

Hungarian Male Choir Szent Efrem Ferfikar will be putting up an act on February 12 at St Monica Convent, followed by The Ketevan Cantata by Vasco Negreiros.

A host of events scheduled up to February 16 by The Goa University, department of art and culture, and Kala Academy. For more details look up ‘VIP’ full-weekend passes are available for Rs 1500, and regular, full-weekend passes for Rs 750. Day passes are priced at Rs 500. They are available at different venues and stores in Panaji, Old Goa, Calangute, Margao and Dona Paula.

To know more about Queen Ketevan read the article below.

Georgian Queen Ketevan buried in Goa?

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