The 3rd edition of the EFFE-Label was launched on 14 November. The EFFE Label is Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals showing their engagement in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness. 715 festivals across Europe have the EFFE Label 2017-2018. The new call was launched in 45 countries simoultaneously. In 31 of the participating countries EFFE is represented by an EFFE Hub. They are the national and regional contact points for the festivals that want to engage in the EFFE festivals community. In Sweden the hub is Sweden Festivals.
From 5 to 25 November, 26 concerts, in the form of 5 tours, in 17 regions around Sweden in the genres of singer-songwriter music, jazz, chamber music, world music and contemporary art music. Artists are Loke and the ensembles GKN5, Anders Hagberg with Melodic Melange, Odd Size and GAHLMM. Behind TurnéFest is SAMSPEL - an initiative of the association Music Organizers in Cooperation (MAIS), commissioned by the Swedish Performing Arts Agency (Musikverket) to develop and test sustainable models for future tour structures.
This year's MADE festival is filled with music, dance and art from different parts of the world. Frida Hyvönen gives an intimate grand piano concert on the Main Stage. VAZ gives us innovative beats and enchanting texts. Folkoperans "God in Disguise" asks the question of who is the invisible god among us today? In the dance performance Host, the Filipino choreographer and world champion of Pole Dance, Eisa Jocson, show our expectations of femininity and entertainment. The movie Yellow Fever of Ng 'Endo focuses on African women's view of themselves.
Many festivals are not limited to just their FESTIVAL. Two Stockholm festivals, Stockholm Early Music Festival (SEMF)* and Festival O/Modernt, are expanding and operate throughout the year. SEMF organizes their X-MAS Edition on December 15th. Festival O/Modernt operates a chamber orchestra for young musicians and recently organized a Nordic-Baltic Mini-Festival - a musical journey around the Baltic Sea with musicians and composers from the Nordic and Baltic countries - in collaboration with Länsmusiken in Stockholm and Blåsarsymfonikerna.
The current cultural war in Poland is, in many ways, similar to the cultural policies of Victor Orbans Hungary. The background is the nationalist policy that requires cultural institutions to follow the views of the authorities on national identity. In Hungary and Poland, therefore, they remove cultural leaders and replace them with new government-controlled people. Which took place at the Second World War Museum in Gdansk. Sweden Festivals and other organizers of the recent NordicBaltic Arts Festival Conference in Gdansk experienced the Polish cultural climate in October.
Intense, just long enough, food for thought and creative were some of the reviews on the two days in Västerås that ended Sunday 11 November. Paul Gudgin, the conference's main lecturer, with long festivals experience in Great Britain, said afterwards: "It was really enjoyable and a great group to work with. It is always a pleasure to work in Sweden, but last weekend was definitely a highlight for me!" CHECK! is for those who have arranged for a while, just started, or are curious new organizers of art. CHECK!
The 4th edition of the NordicBaltic Arts Festival Conference attracted a considerable crowd of festival managers from the Nordic and Baltic countries, from the Baltic Sea area and from the rest of Europe. 75 people participated in the three day-conference located in historical buildings in Gdansk, hosted by the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in collaboration with the NordicBaltic Festival Platform.
Don't miss to meet this amazing selection of arts professionals https://www.nordicbalticfestivals.org/delegates-2018 (the list is growing every day). Or to be inside the Old Town Hall of Gdansk, our conference venue! Renowned Swedish artist and choreographer Efva Lilja will deliver the keynote speech " The Boundless" at the upcoming conference on 22 Oct. Efva has set a world record, received a number of awards, and even danced on the North Pole! She is also involved with visual art, film and writing.
CHECK! This educational performance for music organizers and organizers in other arts and culture areas now has more than 6 years on the neck. It has been arranged in Gothenburg and in Västerås and soon there is CHECK! in a city near you! But this year, November 10-11, there is CHECK! on Karlsgatan 2 in Västerås. This year, Paul Gudgin, who lectures on festivals and events throughout the world, will play a central role.