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Nordic Showcase - time to register!

The second edition of Nordic Showcase invite you to two full evenings of concerts, with seminars, receptions and excursions on top, and it’s all for free. Thursday and Friday 16-17th March we fill Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, southern Sweden, with some of the best acts that the Nordic Folk scene has to offer. The lineup ranges from the Finnish wizard of diatonic accordion Antti Paalanen to Norway’s legendary Valkyrien (formerly Valkyrien Allstarts) to up and coming Swedish folk rock band Skenet.

Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers Shanghai 2017

The Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association) is delighted to launch the call for applications for a new programme, the first Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers. This programme is set up and developed by The Festival Academy and the China Shanghai International Arts Festival. 

The War of Love is a new Swedish opera in Vattnäs ...

... and Maria Blom directs Carmina Burana and Catulli Carmina by Carl Orff at Dalhalla Opera. Performance on August 19, 2017. This summer Ebba Witt-Brattströms famous novel "Århundradets kärlekskrig" is staged as an opera, music composed by Paula af Malmborg Ward, libretto by Mathias Clason and directed by Niklas Hjulström. "Kärlekskriget" (The War of Love), which the opera is called is produced in cooperation with Västmanlands Länsteater. Starring Anna Larsson, contralto and Lars Arvidson, baritone, and Amelia Jakobsson, soprano.

Tempo Documentary Festival 6-12 March 2017

Tempofestivalen 2017
The 18th edition of Sweden’s largest documentary festival is here! Tempo has grown, matured and become even larger. That is celebrated by expanding to 18 locations around Stockholm. All 18 year olds are offered a free season ticket to the festival. The main theme of Tempo Documentary Festival 2017 is (un)truth, something that permeates both films, radio, photos and conversations. The theme has a natural connection to the documentary narration – whose reality is depicted and how do we deal with the truth when stories are shaped?

Two coordinators for Samspel hired

Eva Omagbemi och Peter Pontvik är koordinatorer för det nationella uppdraget Samspel
Musikarrangörer i Samverkans (MAIS) latest newsletter states that planning phase of Samspel, a mission from Musikverket, is ready to start. February, two Coordinators, both on half-time basis, was hired. The purpose of the mission is to create better conditions for the free active professional musicians and spread their operations to more locations and more people. In this way, we get a richer and wider music scene in Sweden.

President of EFFE International Jury appointed

Sir Jonathan Mills, President EFFE International Jury
The European Festivals Association is proud and honoured to announce the President of the EFFE International Jury 2017-2018: Sir Jonathan Mills. He will chair the second edition of EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, implementing the EU’s ambition to establish a new European Label for Festivals. Sir Jonathan Mills is a prominent, Australian-born composer and festival director. His work including several operas and works for chamber ensemble and orchestra has been recognised by awards from the governments of Australia, Great Britain, France, Poland and South Korea.

Festivals! APPLY NOW! - deadline 17 February

EUROPE FOR FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS FOR EUROPE. Now is the time for all Swedish festivals to apply for an EFFE Label 2017-18. EFFE allows you who manage a festival, to apply for two-year  European label for your festival. European Festivals Association (EFA) organizes EFFE on behalf of the EU. EFFE is a programme for festivals and believes that it is an important advantage for Europe’s festivals to be recognised by their peers and the European Union for their outstanding quality and work.


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NordicBaltic Festival Platform

The 3rd NordicBaltic Festival Platform conference will take place in November 2017.

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EFFE Label 2017 - 2018: APPLY NOW!

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The unbound force

Sweden is behind the rest of Europe when it comes to recognizing the Festival as an important cultural carrier, says Peter Eriksson and Noomi Hedlund at the Association of Swedish Music Festivals. Read more HERE (Swedish)

Music Festivals a Changing World

Music Festivals a Changing World - an International comparison. 

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