Bimbache openART Festival 2024 Showcase: 8 AUG 21:30

BIMBACHE openART is coming back to Frontera / El Hierro this summer, with the final and showcase concert to take place on August 8th!

Featured guest artists will include
 Maïna Sourang  voice & guitar – Senegal
Obdulia Bustos  flamenco tap dance & foot perc – Andalusia
 Viover  voice & cuatro – Venezuela
Angélica  voice & tambor – El Hierro
 Frantz Kerby Mathieu  poetry & voice – Haiti
T L Mazumdar  piano & voice – India
 Alberto Joao  voice & guitar – Guinea Bissau
This listing will be continually updated as additional artists are confirmed.

The Gran Concierto Bimbache ¡JAZZ & RAICES!, the Festivalito’s main public event presenting the results of the intense labors of the preceding work-and-process week, will open at 21:30 in the Plaza Benito Padrón, made possible by and boasting the participation of many of the project’s most committed supporters – the artists who in almost 20 years have passed the Bimbache openART seal all around the globe.

Ismailah  Gran Canaria / Senegal – Finalist, Got Talent Spain
 Kike Perdomo  Tenerife
Luisa Machado & Alberto “Naranja” Mendez  Tenerife
 Ohara Hale  Canada
Alexis W
  El Hierro
 Torsten de Winkel, artistic director

We will focus on various themes, including
• El Hierro & Canarias: traditions <-> vanguard,
• the music of our neighbor region Senegal,
and of course lots of jazz and improvisation, dance and visual art, working on the same focus themes.


And last not least, we will celebrate this year’s 15th anniversary reissue of Bimbache Jazz y Raíces – La Condición Humana, our treasured and critically acclaimed project CD, and welcome some of the original artists back on stage with us.



NOTE: this post will be continually updated as details are confirmed.

Bimbache openART Festivalito 2023 – ¡ILUSION!

We are proud to announce that BIMBACHE openART is coming back to our home base in Frontera / El Hierro this August 17th!

In the spirit of a humble but passionate fresh start after 3 years of Covid-related impediments, the Festivalito’s main event ¡ILUSION! will open at 21:30 in the Plaza Tigaday, made possible by and boasting the participation of many of the project’s most committed supporters – the artists who in almost 20 years have passed the Bimbache openART seal all around the globe.

Ismailah  Gran Canaria / Senegal – Got Talent Spain 2019
 Achraf El Idrissi  Morocco
Luisa Machado & Alberto “Naranja” Mendez  Tenerife
 Kike Perdomo  Tenerife
Alexis W
  El Hierro
Torsten de Winkel
, artistic director

Featured guest artists will include
 Simon Artiles  soloist, Los Gofiones – Gran Canaria
Sergio Martinez  percussion, Al di Meola Trio – Valencia
 Jep Melendez  tap dance & body percussion – Catalunya
voice & cuatro – Venezuela
 Dani Gonzalez  drums & percussion – Madrid

We will focus on various themes, including
• El Hierro & Canarias traditions <-> vanguard,
• the music of two of our neighbor regions: Berber and Gnawa culture from the nearby African mainland,
and of course lots of jazz and improvisation, dance and visual art, working on the same focus themes.

And last not least, we will celebrate the upcoming anniversary reissue of Bimbache Jazz y Raíces – La Condición Humana, our treasured and critically acclaimed project CD, and welcome the albums’s female lead vocalist Angélica Pérez back on stage with us.


We will open this year’s festival with a CONVVENCIA, including a little meet-and-greet with the artists and volunteers, on Sunday, August 13. Doors of our new art space Casa Gaga in Los Llanillos will open for the first time to celebrate the occasion, see y’all there at 20:00 h!!

Bimbache openART 2022: AÑORANZA

After two difficult years for the entire global community, Bimbache openART returns in 2022 as a series of concerts, workshops and artistic convivencias over six months, culminating in Valverde‘s Plaza Virrey de Manila on Saturday, December 10 at 20:30 (8:30 p. m.), and will include a musical solidarity visit to La Palma’s Los Llanos de Aridane, one of the communities most affected by the islands’ 2021 volcano eruption, with a concert on Friday, December 9 at 20:00 (8 p. m.) in the Plaza de España.

Kike Perdomo, Jep Meléndez, Luisa Machado & Alberto Méndez, Carlos Costa’s Speaking Rhythm, Ismailah, Beljana Namoari Metje (DE) & Valtteri Keinänen (SF), Andrés Leoni (AR), Alexis W and many other international and local guests will be among the artists joining the Bimbache openART Canarias All-Stars Ensemble under the artistic direction of award-winning guitarist and community activist Torsten de Winkel.

On the fourth day of this year, our dear artistic partner and perennial inspiration María Mérida left us at the age of 96. Our family of artists will honor this one-of-a-kind voice and human being in a special segment.

06 DEC 16:00 El Sitio, Frontera: Body Percussion Workshop, Jep Meléndez
07 DEC 18:00 Mundo Intimo, Frontera: Expo Sculptures Manuel Fumero
with performances by Jep Meléndez, Valtteri Kainänen (Finland), Goti (France) and others
08 DEC 20:30 El Secadero, Los Llanos (La Palma): Interdisciplinary Workshop
09 DEC 20:00 Plaza de España, Los Llanos (La Palma): Concierto solidario
10 DEC 20:30 Plaza Virrey de Manila, Valverde: Gran Concierto AÑORANZA
11 DEC 12:00 Mercadillo de Frontera: Encuentros con los artistas

16 DEC 11-21 h Nangilima, Isora, Tajace 3: Contemporary Dance, Multi-disciplinary workshop
with Pedro Umpiérrez (FUE), René de Mar (TF), Beljana Namoari (DE)
17 DEC 10:30-20 h Nangilima, Isora, Tajace 3: Gravity Breathing, Permaculture, Jam Session (registration required)

Bimbache openART 2021: PREGUNTAS

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN! In our 2021 edition, we have to comply with Covid control regulations. In order to attend, please register HERE:

¡REGISTRATE YA!: Para atender a los eventos, las vigentes reglas de contról de Covid-19 requieren la registración previa aquí:

· Las actividades se realizarán en espacios abiertos.
· El formato del circuito será de carácter reducido (aforo limitado, pre-registración).
· A través de la pre-registración se obtendrá información de contacto de asistentes.
· El festival dispondrá de gel hidroalcohólico en todas las actividades.
· Será obligatorio el uso de mascarilla durante las actividades del circuito.
· Distribución de espacios para cumplir normativas de distanciamiento (según contexto del momento).

*El festival se reserva el derecho de posibles adaptaciones de formato, localizaciones, inclusive cancelación del mismo, con el fin de adaptarse a las restricciones del momento de su realización. Para cualquier duda o sugerencia, por favor ponerse en contacto a través de la pestaña ‘Contact’ de esta web.

BIMBACHE openART 2020 online Video Festival

In 2020, our interdisciplinary activities have had limited public access due to restrictions related to the Corona virus pandemic. As in so many previous years, we have accepted this as a creative challenge and decided to move our activities into the breathtaking nature of El Hierro World Biosphere Reserve, something we’ve long hoped to someday be able to do.

In order to share as much of the joy and the special moments we have had the privilege to experience together this year, we have video taped many of them and asked the artists to edit them. All through the end of the year, we will be sharing these clips on our facebook page (click on the facebook icon in the sidebar to the right) and our new youtube channel – if you like, please subscribe. The BIMBACHE openART 2020 online Video Festival is open, join us, share in the experience, and ENJOY!

feat. Kike Perdomo, Beljana Metje & Bim


The 16th annual BIMBACHE openART Festival 2020 will consist of an ongoing series of laboratories and events throughout the coming months. On August 1, the series starts with two weeks of CONVIVENCIA ARTÍSTICA EN CLAUSURA featuring some of our core participants in past editions of our annual lab festivals such as

Torsten de Winkel
Kike Perdomo
Luisa Machado
Alberto “Naranja” Méndez
Ismailah Thiam
and, at now 95 years of age, our dear María Mérida,

in virtual and, wherever possible, live interdisciplinary encounters with our present casArte resident artists, among them

Belja Namoari & Giovannina Sequeira (contemporary dance)
Andrea Sunder-Plassmann (digital and analog art)
Mireia Tramunt (painting)
Alexis W (photography)

and others.

We will share with all of you as much as may be possible of the processes, labors and performances developing here during that time as well as our round table talks on various subjects, including
What post-Corona world do we wish to help create?
15 years of Bimbache opeART labs on art and sustainability: a tight rope walk between mutually exclusive goals?
– Peaceful and inclusive resolution of conflicts – judging vs. accepting modes
– Traditions & avantgarde: from Buddhism to Neurobiology
– El Hierro as individual and collective therapy: developing new frames of reference
Please check our Bimbache openART fb page and the fb page of Jaleo Press for details and updates.

On Wednesday, August 5 at 18:00 h local time, Tomás Luis Pérez of Jaleo Press will broadcast 2 hours of live interviews from Plaza Tigaday in Frontera, guests will include María Mérida.

During the week from August 6 to 13, we will collectively shoot several music & dance videos at emblematic spots of the island of El Hierro, among them the Roque de Bonanza, Mirador de La Peña, Garoé, Guinea, and others. Clips will be excerpted and published weekly from November 1 on.

During October and into November, we will enjoy concurrent visits by Tommy Height (Canada), David Ballesteros (Spain), Ohara Hale (USA), Samuel Lööf (Sweden), Nick Catton (GB) and other artists from a broad spectrum of disciplines.

NOTE: If you are a neighbor or in the neighborhood, we will frequently post schedules of little performances in our casArte open-air front areas facing the street so that all of you may enjoy some of what’s going on artistically this year from the safety of your house or car. If you’re not, you will continually find new clips on our pages as specified above. Enjoy!

Transcultural Exchange & Bimbache openART

NEWS: We have accepted an invitation to participate in, an international network and project which links artists throughout the world and invites them to submit art works to share with all of us. Enjoy with us this gesture of goodwill and solidarity from our colleagues around the globe. 

On June 20, 11 am – 12 pm New York / 17 – 18 h Central Europe, we will participate in the online launch party on’s facebook page.

Bimbache openART 2020

Due to the ongoing CoViD-19 crisis, our preparations for the 2020 Bimbache openART Festival are on hold until further notice.

Meanwhile, we invite you to enjoy ‘LA SIEMBRA’, a joint video production and meditation on the present extraordinary condition with more than 60 artists living across the Canarian archipelago, a crossroads between continents and cultures for centuries. “We don’t want back what has now collapsed. It’s springtime – time to sow the seeds of a new era”:

BIMBACHE openART presents

For the second half of 2019, the year of our 15th anniversary, we convoke the all-new LABORATORIOS ARTISTICOS ‘ISLA CON ALMA’,
an open call to meet and work with us and our visiting artists in labs and residencies, accompanied by frequent multi-disciplinary events, concerts and presentations between August and December of this year.

Schedule of Special Events

August 2 – 6, 10 – 22 h in CasArte, Los Llanillos
Film, Literature and Music Space
with visiting artists María Jesús Alvarado, María Mérida and others

August 7 – 30 in CasArte, Los Llanillos
Art & Film Space
with visiting artists Andrea Sunder-Plassmann, Sigrun Torinus and others

September 4 & 5 from 10 – 18 h in Estudios Manzana @ Music Zone La Laguna (TF)
Traditions in Revision Lab
with visiting artists T L Mazumdar, Alberto “Naranja” Méndez, and others

September 6 at 21:30 h in El Pinar, Plaza Matías Padrón
Inclusive multi-disciplinary performance
with the images of Alexis W and Juan Meliá, the poetry of Carmen González, the music of Fabiola Socas, T L Mazumdar, Torsten de Winkel, Kike Perdomo and much more,
special guest: María Mérida (Premio Canarias 2001)

September 7 – November 7 in CasArte, Los Llanillos
Art Space
with visiting artist Kathleen Hennemann and others

November 4 – 11 in CasArte, Los Llanillos
Art Space
with visiting artist Mireia Tramunt and others

November 8 – 12 in CasArte, Los Llanillos
Jazz & Fusion Space
Berklee & beyond with Torsten de Winkel and others

November 13 – 16 in CasArte, Los Llanillos
Canarias Folklore & Fusion Space
with visiting artist Fabiola Socas and others

November 14 – December 14 in CasArte, Los Llanillos
Painting, Scuplture, Literature & Composition Space
with visiting artists Eva Batt, Christiane Schwarze, Jens Reichert and others

November 20 – 23 in CasArte, Los Llanillos
Electronic & Hybrid Music Space
with visiting artist Ida Susal and others

We will continue to update you on all activities on these pages.

Artists residencies, workshops, laboratories and open interdisciplinary spaces will be ongoing and available through December 2019.

OPEN CALL: To join our visiting artists, sign up at