The annual Viña del Mar International Song Festival is to be held this year on February 24th and lasting until March 1st 2013. It is one of the oldest and biggest musical festivals in Latin America and alongside the song contest itself, there is active participation from star names within the Quinta Vergara site. Among those that have previously performed are Julio Iglesias, Donna Summers, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estafan.
This year, among those performing will be Spanish singer Miguel Bose, Elton John, Gloria Trevi, The Jonas Brothers, Daddy Yankee and Mana. The song contest will this year include the participation of Hera Bjork. It is to be held within the amphitheatre at Quinta Vergara which accomodates 25,000 people and is televised live by Chilevision with a captive audience of 70 million worldwide. Former participants have included Shakira and Italian Denise Faro, who won last year.