Baltic Sea Festival
Swedens free operating concert organizers have followed the developments in Västmanlandsmusiken with great concern. The successful public opinion to preserve the Sinfonietta is completely understandable, but now that it has been decided to keep the orchestra without adding additional resources, we risk that the regions other activities will suffer. It is important to ensure that Västmanlandsmusiken continues to have a broad mandate to includ the exemplary musical activity . Writes Vanessa Labañino, President of MAIS.
The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), has extended the application deadline for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Budapest, Hungary, until 8 November! The Atelier will take place from 2 to 8 June 2016 in Budapest, cultural hub of Hungary, in collaboration with the Armel Opera Festival. We want to give the opportunity to more festival managers to participate in this unique anniversary edition, at a time when Hungary is at the centre of attention in Europe.
- Seminars, meeting place and inspiration for music organisers. Welcome to two creative and eventful days in Gothenburg on 14 to 15 November. Check! aimed at those who have already begun to organise, has arranged for a while or have plans to organize concerts . These days will be practically oriented to learn how to, but also an inspiration to develop your concert events. You will get the opportunity to make contacts for new partnerships, learn from the best practices of other organisers, find out how to think handle the media and get practical ideas about audience and logistics.
The project has already lasted three years ran by the Swedish Chamber Music Association, in collaboration with 11 regional music organizations and with financial support from Statens Musikverk. During these three years, 125 concerts with seven international chamber music groups have been presented at more than 50 venues across the country. Starting from the summer of 2016 we can also offer a summer production aimed at festivals and other organizers of chamber music in the country. 2016 it is Ifagiolini.
Lyckå Chamber Music Festival in Karlskrona is a new member of MusMA - Music Masters on Air. Along with a number of important festivals in Europe they will commission and perform - in cooperation with their national radio stations - new works by young composers. The works will be played at festivals and distributed via the EBU to radio listeners in many countries.
Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe has launched a new interactive website. Here you can search all the festivals that received the EFFE label in several ways and read about the 12 festivals that got the EFFE Award in Paris in September. A partnership with Google Institute has resulted in a digital exhibition called FESTIVALS - THE HEART OF EUROPE. The website guide is also available as a book that can be ordered through the website. The website further include a page open to any festival in Europe; here the art professionals can meet, share information and co-operate.
250 festival representatives from across Europe gathered in Paris on 27 September for the announcement of the first ever EFFE Awards. An International Jury, presided over by Vincent Baudriller, Director of Théâtre Vidy in Lausanne, rewarded 12 of the most trend-setting European festivals of this year from a pool of 760 festivals from 31 countries.