A bagpipe virtual contest opens for the festivities of La Chinita


The Basilica launched the convocation on Tuesday 29-S afternoon. Deadline for receipt of issues will be 17-0. The next day the winner will be known at the virtual mass for the Dark Virgin. The lyrics should be inspired by the motto of the holidays: “Chiquinquirá, take care of this wounded world with maternal affection.”


An interesting information for the pipers and devotees of Chinquireños offers the Basilica Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá: it opens the first virtual contest A Bagpipe for the Patron Saint Festivities of La Chinita.

From the so-called Casa de Todos they invite composers to participate in this initiative.

The call was launched after 5:00 pm on Tuesday 29-S and on the Instagram account of the Santuario Basilica (@basilicachinita) are the bases of the new contest. The deadline for receiving themes will be October 17. The next day the winner will be known at the virtual mass to the Patron of Zulia.

The winning bagpipe will be the official theme of the 2020 patron saint festivities, which will be recorded by the entire Servidores de María religious society.

In accordance with what is stated in the bases, the lyrics of the compositions must be sent to the email [email protected] in a word file and the model in Mp3 format.

The rector of the Basilica, Nedward Andrade, reports that this virtual contest starts the rhythm of the activities of the festival in honor of the Patron Saint of Zulia.

In this activity, he says, the employer’s motto and reasons are revealed. The message of this holiday is Chiquinquirá, take care of this wounded world with maternal affection.

One of the reasons is to highlight the figure of the Virgin as the Champion of Health.

The aforementioned motto should inspire the lyrics of the bagpipe. This is based on the message that Pope Francis offered on the Day of the Nativity of the Virgin, September 8: Mary the Mother who cared for Jesus also cares with affection and maternal love for this wounded world.

The composition should also remember the Chinita as the Champion of Health, include the universal isnotueño, Dr. José Gregorio Hernández, who will be the fourth blessed of Venezuela, and highlight the work of the health personnel that he has faced in the country , since March, the covid-19 pandemic.

On November 18 Zulia will celebrate the 311 years of the miraculous renewal of the Virgin Morena in the sacred Altarpiece.

The quality of the compositions in this contest A Bagpipe for the Chinita festivities will be debated by the qualifying jury, made up of the Archbishop of Maracaibo, Monsignor José Luis Azuaje, the rector of the Basilica, Nedward Andrade, and the pipers Luis Ángel Aguirre , Ricardo Aguirre “Pelón”, Alfonso Marín, Wilfredo Delgado, Humberto Sánchez “El Ovejo”, together with Gustavo Nucette, singer, servant of Mary and general director of the piper ensemble of that ‘army of peace’ that has accompanied the Virgin since 1901 .

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