The Twente Guitar Festival was an initiative of a number of young guitarists that got acquainted during their study at the Twente Conservatory in the town of Enschede. They formed the first festival board and organised the first festival in 2006 in the Concordia Theatre at the Oude Markt in Enschede, with help of family and friends as volunteers.
In the years that followed, the festival expanded from three days to four, occupying the Concordia Theatre and other locations in town. Ever since this festival formed an important attraction on Ascension Day and the next three days.
Many famous artists performed at this festival, amongst others Marcin Dylla, Roland Dyens, Denis Azabagic, Pavel Steidl and Zoran Dukic
Competitions form a major part of the festival, besides the competition for professionals, an amateur competition was organised for various levels of players. Currently only the competition for the professionals and conservatory students remains.