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Cordefactum is an internationally renowned instrument and music festival organized by the Centre for Musical Instrument Building (CMB) in Puurs, Belgium. Each edition, every two years, the focus switches to different groups of instruments. One edition guitars, another edition bowed instruments, lutes and historical keyboards.
The first Cordefactum edition took place in 2004.
For technical reasons the planned 2018 edition is exceptionally brought
forward to 2017. Programs of previous editions can be seen



Cordefactum's 4th Guitar Festival:
Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of April 2017

Classical, steel-string, archtop, solid body, ....
Concerts, Lectures, Guitar Show

  The first day of the festival, Friday the 14th, is dedicated to the Leonardo-Guitar-Research-Project-Event with lectures,
  blind and non-blind audience testing, demonstrations, concerts and an exhibition of the Leonardo Project Guitars.
  Parallel to that event, external builders are invited to display there non-tropical local wood guitars (of any kind)
  on a "Local Wood Challenge" Show, an initiative of the European Guitar Builders Association.
  Guidelines for exhibitors, click here.
  Read more about the LGRP-Event and the Local Wood Challenge 

Venue for the Cordefactum 2017 edition:
Gasthuisvest 50
2500 Lier
Venue on Google Maps

P r o g r a m 


FRIDAY 14th, 20:00 FREE Entrance  /


SATURDAY 15th, 20:00
Entrance: 20€ / Cmb-members, Cmb students, Exhibitors: 16€


SUNDAY 16th, 20:00
Entrance: 20€ / Cmb-members, Cmb students, Exhibitors: 16€


LECTURES & co ( more info per lecture very soon )
Friday Lectures: Entrance Free.
Saturady and Sunday lectures: 10€ per lecture/ Cmb-members and Exhibitors: 8€ / Cmb-students: free entrance, but reservation is obligatory / Signup options coming soon /

FRIDAY 14 / LGRP day ( )
  10:00 - 11:00  Audience listening test with guitar pairs made from tropical and non-tropical guitars/By Jacky Walraet/BE
  11:00 - 12:00  Lecture about the findings of recent LGRP testings/By Brian Garston/BE
  12:00 - 13:30  Lunch
  13:30 - 14:30  LGRP in the context of psycho-acoustics / By Dirk Moelants / BE 
  14:45 - 15:45  Lecture about the possibilities of building guitars with reclaimed wood / By Adrian Lucas / UK 
  16:00 - 17:00  Lecture about the physical measurements of the LGR-Project guitars / By François Gautier FR 
  17:00 - 18:00  Festive Reception

20:00 Entrance FREE Concert:
  Classical LGRP guitars will be played by Andrea De Vitis (IT)
  Steel-string LGRP guitars by Fabien Degryse (BE)

Lectures Steel-string Guitar
  10:00 - 12:00  lecturer: Dana Bourgeois / US  (Part one. Part two on sunday)  /
  12:00 - 13:30  Lunch
  13:30 - 15:30  lecturer: Chris Larkin / IRL

Lectures Classical Guitar
  10:00 - 12:00  Lecturer: Gerhard J. Oldiges / DE
  12:00 - 13:30  Lunch
  13:30 - 15:30  Lecturer:  Miles Roberts (Kent guitars) / UK

Lectures Classical + Steel string Guitar
  16:00 - 18:00  Lecture about CITES  (for musicians and builders)
  16:00 - 18:00  Lecturer: Johan Sarens / BE  lecture  about guitar maintenance (for musicians)

20:00 Concert: Marcin Dylla  (PL)

Lectures Steel-string Guitar
  10:00 - 12:00  lecturer: Dana Bourgeois US ( part two) /
  12:00 - 13:30  Lunch
  13:30 - 15:30  lecturers: Serge Michiels & John Joveniaux / BE / TAO GUITARS

Lectures Classical Guitar
  10:00 - 12:00  - Christopher Dean / UK
  12:00 - 13:30  Lunch
  13:30 - 15:30  - John Ray / ES

Lectures Classical + Steel string Guitar
  16:00 - 18:00  -  Chris Wynne  / AUS
                          -  Marc Saumier  / CAN
                          -  time for informal contacts, having a drink...

20:00 Concert: Clive Carroll (UK)

on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Demo-concerts will allow professional players to demonstrate luthier guitars.
- 40 demo-moments over Saturday and Sunday
- All types of guitars will be played and displayed; classical, steel-string, archtop, solid body, ...
- Free entrance for the Guitar Show and the demo-concerts
- Beside the guitar show there is also an exhibition of the 'Leonardo' guitars, the 'Local Wood Challenge'
   guitars and the guitars made by Cmb Students.

- More info about the exhibitors very soon.

You are a proffesional Guitar Luthier and you want to get informed or you want to participate as an exhibitor to the Show or the Local Wood Challenge?  please, read the guidelines

  Looking for accommodation ?  click here 

Cordefactum 2017 is organised by
in association with the Music Academy of Lier
with the support from
- EGB (European Guitar Builders)
- APLG (Association Professionnelle des Luthiers artisans en Guitare et autres cordes pincées)



            Music academy of Lier, the venue for the 2017 Cordefactum Festival and Guitar Show


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Cordefactum ARCHIVE from 2004 till 2016, click here



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