EFWMF @ Visa For Music next week!

The EFWMF will be attending Visa For Music (Rabat, Morocco) next week. 
Come and meet us at our stand (210, second floor) or during speed meeting sessions!

Visa For Music (VFM) is the first professional market of Africa and Middle-East musics. The project is born from a paradox : on the one hand, the lack –or even the absence- of visibility of African and Middle Eastern artists at an international level and, on the other hand, there is a presence of a very important artistic dynamism and musical creation that these musicians need to be recognized for.

So, Visa For Music aims at highlighting African and Middle Eastern artists.

Visa For Music is an essential and major meeting place for professionals of the whole music industry, whoever they are and wherever they are from. Visa For Music aims to be a sharing platform for the defense and promotion of the musical sector of African and Middle Eastern countries.



International Music Community reflects on refugees @ Womex 2015

The EFWMF-network closed it's stand at WOMEX, due to the refugee situation in Hungary. We made a video with some thoughts by the International Music Community.

Womex 2015: Their fence is also our fence

The European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals will not take part in WOMEX 2015.
The situation on the Hungarian border is unacceptable. The simple fact that some of us have access to 
be present at WOMEX this year and others don´t, makes it impossible for us to be there as an 
International network. Individual members will of course choose themselves to be present or not.
Democracy, human rights, justice, freedom of expression and integration ​​are the foundation of the 
European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals, values ​​we cherish and focus on all the time and not 
the least; values ​​we may never take for granted. Unfortunately this is not the case in Hungary at the 
moment, building walls against humanity.  
We do believe that culture is an essential element of civil society. A strong, free cultural sector is a 
force for social change, nation-building, democratic development. Where words fail, music speaks. At 
WOMEX this year, music will still be played, music lovers will meet, but the European Forum of 
Worldwide Music Festivals cannot be silent watching great violation of basic human rights.



New member: Katowice JazzArt Festival

Since UNESCO announced 30th April as International Jazz Day, Katowice annually participates in its celebration. Katowice JazzArt Festival is a international music event that lasts over a week.

Despite the short history, Katowice JazzArt Festival has established its genuine label, as well as solid position within the whole gamut of cultural events in Silesia and in the whole country (Poland). The Festival is expanding each year, featuring real legends and exploring new lands, far beyond jazz. In last editions such artists as Polar Bear, Roberto Fonseca, Eric Truffaz, Neil Cowley or Jan Garbarek performed in various venues in Katowice.



In memoriam: Albert Siebelink

On September 30, 2015 our friend and colleague Albert Siebelink has passed away.
Albert never stopped being actively involved and always remained active with his strength, creativity, and great commitment, even during his illness that lasted for almost four years.
Through his large network and his love for music, arts, and culture Albert produced many beautiful projects, such as the Requiem for Auschwitz, the Folk Festival, the Accordion Festival, Festival Mundial, the Bosvreugd Variety Festival, the Cimbalom Festival, numerous concerts and theatre productions, and of course his own orchestra 'de Coup'. 

Albert was the founder of the International Gipsy Festival that celebrated its 19th edition this year. Through this festival he showed the world his love for the arts and culture of the Roma and Sinti. With every edition he presented unexpectedly brilliant artists, continuously pleasing a large audience.
With all his projects Albert brought colour, light and joy into his own life and into the lives of many people around him. 

The European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals and all his international colleagues will miss him terribly.