a little about...


Promoting Galician language in the performing arts

The driving force behind the foundation of XOGA was the promotion of Galician language in the arts

and the creation of opportunities for performers and underrepresented creators.


Our main goals are:

    • - To promote Galician and other minoritised languages in a variety of art forms
    • - To promote the works of underrepresented artists
    • - To aid the creation and promotion of contemporary music
    • - To create, tell and share great stories with a wide and varied audience
    • - To make opera relevant for the 21st century
    • - To become global committed artists
    • - To convince, inspire and enthuse other artists to share our goals
what's in a name?...

XOGA [' sho-ga]

from Latin iocari

verb (imp.) "To play" (a game)


Many languages refer to music-making with the same verb as they do to play a game. In English you can either play the tambourine or play hide-and-seek. Older forms of the verb "to play" meant to exercise, to dance or to leap of joy.

Energetic, fun and uplifting concepts!


Meanwhile, in the Iberian Peninsula, when we play a musical instrument we say that we "touch" it (tocar)...

Obviously, unless you play air guitar, you need to touch your instrument... and where is the rest of the magic? where is the game play?


We want to adopt the Germanic meaning and - although we will keep touching our instruments - 

we will also "xogar" - play the game!