The tiple is a small guitar (about three-quarters the size of a classical guitar) descended from guitars brought by Spanish conquerors to the New World. The tiple was first played by artists and people from humble backgrounds until gaining more widespread popularity. The tiple is usually played alongside a tambourine and is an essential part of Colombia’s rural heritage. The Tiple and Guabina Festival is held in Velez, Santander, every August. Guabina is a singing, dance and musical genre which, like the tiple, is popular in regions such as Santander, Antioquia, Boyaca and Cundinamarca.