Virserums Music Festival
In the new European Commission which takes office 1 November, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, proposed Tibor Navracsics - current minister of Foreign Affairs in Viktor Orban's Government in Hungary - as new Commissioner of Culture, following Androulla Vassiliou of Cyprus. The proposal has already sparked off protests. Not least due to the Hungarian Government's restrictions on freedom of speech and the country's conservative culture policy, to put it mildly, and confirmed by Hungarian festival colleagues in recent years.
The Dalhalla Opera Festival makes a magnificent comeback 2015. The festival stages their own version of Turandot by Puccini with none other than Nina Stemme in the lead role. This year the Dalhalla Opera Festival got their dates stolen and could not stage any production. In 2015 they return with acclaim. The well known set designer Bengt Gomér direct and do the set design for Turandot and Bente Rolandsdotter creates the costumes. Tobias Ringborg conducts a full-scale orchestra compriced of the two orchestras: Dala Sinfonietta and Gävle Symphony Orchestra. Congratulation!
21-27 March 2015: apply now! Are you part of the next generation of artistic festival directors? Do you want to broaden your programming skills and be inspired by colleagues and experienced leaders in the field? Do you want to join a new network of future festival leaders worldwide?
The Association of Swedish Music festivals have, during spring and early summer, launched a new target document. The document describes the background to the changes, the vision, goals and a plan of activities for the coming years. To attract more music festivals, but eventually also festivals with other art forms SMF halved its membership fee from 2015 onwards. The measure is designed to broaden the base, but it also underline the festival format as a crucial carrier of art now and in the future.
The collaboration between the Association of Swedish Music Festivals and the Swedish Society of Composers started as a trial project 2013. With the support of STIMs Promotionnämnd a number of festivals, artists and composer have also this year recieved support to programme new Swedish music on festivals. 2014 some 12 productions/concerts on 9 different festivals participate in the collaboration. The project is greatly appreciated by festivals, performes and composer. And we hope it will have a future in the coming years.