Boston, get ready for a “British Inva­sion.” That’s the theme of Boston Gui­tar­Fest VIII, which begins on Wednesday night and is co-​​sponsored by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the New Eng­land Conservatory.

The music fes­tival, which runs June 19–23, will fea­ture an array of con­certs, sem­i­nars, work­shops, master classes, and com­pe­ti­tions. For more infor­ma­tion about Gui­tar­Fest, the schedule of events, and tickets, visit http://​www​.boston​gui​tar​fest​.org/​2​0​13/. (Tickets can also be pur­chased directly through myNEU.)

The annual fes­tival explores the past, present, and future of the guitar, the instrument’s reper­toire, and its rich cul­tural legacy around the globe. Visionary gui­tarist Eliot Fisk founded the event. He serves as the event’s artistic director and is a pro­fessor at the New Eng­land Conservatory.

Wednesday’s opening night con­cert will pre­miere last year’s solo guitar com­po­si­tion com­pe­ti­tion winner, “Catarsis,” by Saúl Chapela (with Stefan Koim on guitar), gui­tarist and 2012 per­for­mance com­pe­ti­tion winner Chad Ibison, as well as John Gib­bons on harpsichord.

The fes­tival con­tinues the col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts of North­eastern and the New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory, which recently com­bined to offer a new joint cer­tifi­cate pro­gram that allows stu­dents to receive musical per­for­mance expe­ri­ence and cre­den­tials from the New Eng­land Conservatory.

The Boston Gui­tar­Fest rep­re­sents the best kind of part­ner­ship with our neigh­boring insti­tu­tions,” said Anthony De Ritis, chair of the Depart­ment of Music in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design. “The New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory brings its focus on its inter­na­tional net­work of world class artists and per­formers and North­eastern brings its exper­tise in arts-​​based event man­age­ment and pro­duc­tion. Having the con­certs take place both at the Fenway Center and at Jordan Hall is yet another tan­gible example of our joint collaboration.”