Ourense International Music Festival Portico do Paraíso was born in February 2008 in an attempt to fill a void in the musical life of the city. It was intended to offer the audience the opportunity to listen to top level worlwide renowned soloists and ensembles in the best buildings of Ourense architectural heritage.
The Cathedral, whose porch names the Festival, has a special role because it is where the festival opens every edition with a sacred music concert. There are also exhibitions, lectures and meetings with the musicians that create a lively musical atmosphere all over the city as long as the festival lasts.
Ourense Council organizes the festival and Ourense Diputación co-organize it.
Galician government – Xunta de Galicia- and AGADIC together with Asociación Pórtico Musical also supports the organization with their sponsorship and help.