The ELBA ISOLA MUSICALE D’EUROPA Festival was born with the ambition to fit harmoniously into the unique natural stage of the Island of Elba. It offers an immersive experience, in which music, history and nature blend together. Here, the concert becomes an opportunity for the audience to become part of the metaphysical experience.
Enclosed in a microcosm of 224 square kilometers, with its splendid nature, the Island of Elba is an incredible open-air laboratory for geologists, naturalists, botanists… but also for photographers, painters, musicians, poets and dreamers of all kinds.
Elba is the largest of the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, the largest marine park in the Mediterranean. It is included in the Tuscan Islands Biosphere Reserve of the UNESCO MaB (Man and the Biosphere) Program, created to promote a balanced relationship between man and the environment through the protection of biodiversity and the good practices of sustainable development.
The extraordinary environmental diversity of the Island goes together with its historical complexity: a crossroads of peoples since early times, its territory today offers tangible traces of a magnificent past, from the ruins of the Etruscan walls and Roman villas, to the medieval and seventeenth-century Pisan and Spanish fortifications, to the evidence of the Medici domination and the Napoleonic exile.
The Festival has always had its fulcrum in Portoferraio, the capital and main port of the island, whose Municipality has given its fundamental support since the first edition. Over the years, the Festival has grown to embrace the entire Elba territory, reaching out and involving all of its towns and bringing the concerts to the most evocative places on the island.
In recent years, the Festival has developed the idea of “musical explorations”: concerts in particularly fascinating locations which become an informal encounter of the artists and their public. After the moving experience of a sunset concert on the Island of Pianosa, the Festival organizers intend to broadened the horizon by reaching to other islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.