Virserums Music Festival
March 4 the NordicBaltic Festival Platform organizes a full day seminar in Riga on FESTudy; the scientific study that include 390 music festivals in Europe. Some NordicBaltic and European cooperation projects will be presented. The seminar is organized in conjunction with Latvian Concerts and the Classical NordicBaltic 2014 on 5-6 March. All participants are invited to attend the anniversary ceremony of the Great Latvian Award that celebrates 20 years in 2014.
On 29 January the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs allocated 28 million to 67 musical organisations. A total of 19 music festivals receives support in 2014. That is 6 more than last year. The Arts Council points out that they " put emphasis on festivals of national interest, both to reach a wider audience in Sweden and as a meeting place for the professional music scene", and use music festivals as headline in their press release. That is hardly a pronounced festival policy, but clearly a few steps in the right direction.
The Royal Medal Litteris et Artibus is awarded for outstanding artistic achievements in music, theatre, and literature. This year the musicians Person Anna Larsson, opera singer, and Staffan Mårtensson, clarinetist - with actors Ingela Olsson and Thomas von Brömssen - recieved the Medal for achievement in the performing arts. Both are also music festival organizers; Pers Anna as artistic director of Vattnäs Konsertlada in Mora and involved in Dalhalla Opera, Staffan as artistic director of Östergötland Music Festival.
On Saturday 15 March a seminar called "Engage or die!" takes place in Årsta Folkets Hus. On March 29 there will be another seminar on programme development and programming. The seminars are organized by Kulturkraft Stockholm in cooperation with Swedish Music Festivals, Folkets Hus och Parker, Riksteatern, Musikcentrum Öst, Fasching, Stallet and MAIS. Stay tuned for more information soon.
They were more than 300 participants at the Festudy colloquium "Music festivals, a changing world", held in the Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai on November 19-21. The international conference is the result of three years of research into nearly 400 international music festivals focusing on all music genres ranging from jazz to world music, Pop Rock, art music, contemporary music, etc.