The Spanish Clarinet Association (ADEC), in collaboration with the Madrid City Council, is honored to host ClarinetFest® 2015 (July 22–26) in Madrid, the capital city of Spain. All who come to visit us will share the vitality of one of the most cosmopolitan and active cities in Europe. Madrid, for many centuries a meeting point, offers a great deal of cultural, leisure and entertainment activities to please millions of people who visit it every year. Its modern air harmoniously contrasts with the important old quarters and its cultural traditions. Madrid has a great transportation network which allows our visitors convenient access by road, plane or train, as well as for them to enjoy the best public transportation services in the world for inside journeys. Access by plane to Madrid is also excellent since Madrid's airport is one of the five most important in Europe. There will also be opportunities to visit other artistic old cities. Madrid's geographic location has allowed it to be very well connected with the rest of the country, and the historic cities of Toledo, Avila and Segovia are only about an hour away. Furthermore, through the high-speed train (AVE), the city is connected in a few hours to Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valencia, Cordoba and Seville.
Palacio Real: Built in 1738, the official residence of the King of Spain.
Plaza Mayor: A square built in 1580 under the reign of Felipe II.
Puerta Del Sol: One of the best-known and busiest places in Madrid, the square in- cludes the famous clock whose bells mark the beginning of the New Year.
Plaza De España: This large square, a popular tourist destination, is located a few meters from the festival venue. In the center of the plaza are the famous statues of Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. The Palacio Real is a short walk south from the plaza.
Museo Del Prado, Museo Reina Sofia And Museo Thyssen: Three of the best museums in the world located only 15 minutes away where you will find the master works of Goya, Velazquez and Picasso.
Gran Vía: The "Great Way," the street
is known as the Spanish Broadway and is one of the streets with some of the best nightlife in Europe. It is also known as the street that never sleeps, and it leads from the Plaza de España to Calle Alcalá.
Flamenco: If you like Flamenco, Ma- drid is the place to go. The best singers, "cantaores," and guitarists in the country perform in various theaters throughout the city.
Real Madrid Stadium: A must for football fans.
The conference will be held in the Conde Duque Cultural Center, a vast building located in the heart of Madrid that houses basic cultural services like the City Archive, the Municipal History Library, the Conde Duque Public Library, the Municipal History Library and the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art of Madrid. It is also devoted to cultural programming, all held in the Music and Exhibition Rooms, the The- atre and the Events Room. King Felipe V began its construction at the end of 1717. The building was to be the barracks of the Royal Guard Corps, an elite military body that protected the King. Felipe V commisioned the architect Pedro de Ribera to design a building "that could house 600 guards and 400 horses.
Ribera designed a vast, rectangular building that achieves a harmony of functionality and beauty. For many years it was the largest build- ing in the capital with more than 25,000 square meters of floor space and a 228- meter facade. The building also includes a monumental carved stone entrance. Conde Duque went through a complete transformation that began in 2005, and this plan was completed in 2011 and consisted of a complete renovation of the building which now makes 58,777 square meters avail- able. The monumental building shares the neighborhood with the Convent of the Knights of Santiago, the Liria Palace and the Complutense University of Madrid, to name but a few of the area's patrimonial treasures. In addition, there are cultural organizations such as the ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration, the Amaniel Professional Conservatory of Music, the Higher School of Singing and the School of Creative Music. Today, after the opening of the new installations inaugurated in 2011 and a complete reorganization of the center, Conde Duque has become an essential pillar of Madrid's cultural activity. It is proud to be one of the city's largest metropolitan cultural centers.
ClarinetFest® 2015 will be devoted to the famous Spanish clarinetist Antonio Romero. Thus, the theme of the festival will be "Antonio Romero and His Time." During 2015 in Spain we will be celebrat- ing the bicentenary of the birth of Antonio Romero y Andia (1815–1886). He was not only the most prominent Spanish clarinetist of the 19th century and one of the most prominent in the history of the instrument, but also one of the most important and influential personalities of Spain of his time. The festival will be open to all aspects of our instrument, especially new repertoire, but recitals and lectures regarding this period will also be especially welcomed.