La Zampogna Festival - XXII Edition

La Zampogna Festival was a big succes!

Despite the clouds, over 2000 people attended the last day of La Zampogna festival in Maranola, Italy. An important result that, once again, confirms the value of the initiative. The festival is dedicated to a traditional musical instrument, the bagpipe, and the whole world around it. Thanks to the quality and originality of the cultural project, coordinated by Ambrogio Sparagna and Erasmo Treglia, al these people showed up.

At the fair market, a lot of young craftsmen showed their traditional violing making skills. Thanks to the Festival, and other initiatives of this kind, they have confidence in investing time and energy in a work so special.
There were a lot of artists involved, including the polyphonic Sardinian women 'Actores Alidos', and the duo 'Mascia', a father and son who are musicians and builders of the Launeddas: an ancient instrument that is only found in Sardinia, Italy. There was an extraordinary performance of a Siberian singer-shaman: 'Sainkho Namtchylak' who did a special ritual of planting a pomegranate tree in the Villa Comunale Maranola. Sainkho won 'La Zampgna 2015' Award.
Many other artists were involved in concerts, workshops & seminars. This makes it the most important event of tradtional music and culture in winter, that takes place in Italy.
See you at the next edition!



5th Dutch Flamenco Biennial 

Celebrating its fifth edition, the Dutch Flamenco Biennial will bring the vanguard of contemporary flamenco to the Netherlands from 16 January until 3 February 2015. For the fifth time, the leading biennial music and dance festival will present the latest developments in flamenco and feature maverick makers, big stars and upcoming talent.

In sparkling rhythms and passionate song and dance, a new crop of flamenco makers explore the boundaries of the ancient flamenco art and bring tradition and experiment together in extraordinary concerts and performances. They form creative alliances and cross-fertilise with jazz, contemporary dance and music, baroque music, Indian and oriental music. This year, the festival travels to five cities: Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Eindhoven. Over forty dance performances and concerts during Flamenco Biennial are rounded with an extensive 
programme of master classes, workshops, lectures, films and documentaries, two photography exhibitions in Huis Marseille Amsterdam (Dancing Light) en Instituto Cervantes Utrecht (Un patrimonio con duende), flamenco dinners, shows for children and after-parties.


Fira Mediterrània Manresa - Call for artists

The 18th Fira Mediterrània Manresa will take place from 15-18 October 2015

Fira Mediterrània of Manresa is part of the arts festival programme around which the Catalan Government’s Ministry of Culture performance markets scene is structured.

The programme is interdisciplinary -visual arts, circus, dance, exhibitions, music, storytelling and theatre-.
Arts projects can be submitted under two mains themes:

  • Popular Culture: understood as broadening the social foundations of culture, taking it to new groups and new audiences. Culture that encourages heritage, participation and promotes social integration.
    Suitable projects: Traditional popular culture productions // Urban and street art // Community and social inclusion projects // New artistic formats, multidisciplinary and innovative shows // Interactive and/or participative shows // Family shows // Educational and awareness-raising projects (for children and/or adults) // Itinerant shows // Games and videogames // Others.
  • World Music, with special emphasis on the Mediterranean region.

Performances may be small, medium or large scale format and aimed at adult and/or family audiences.

Please send your artistic proposals until 3 pm on Monday 2 March 2015


Support Les Nuits Atypiques!


Since 1992, the leading worldmusic festival Les Nuits Atypiques are known for their artistic discoveries and openness. Over the years they became a popular cultural crossroad, that combines music, singing, dance, film, debates... You can find more information about the festival on their website: http://www.nuitsatypiques.org/festival/
Due to terrible weather conditions the last two years, leading to cancellations, the festival is in a weakened financial position. To kickstart the 2015 edition, they count on your solidarity.
You can help them by making a financial contribution to the association.
Please do so at: http://www.nuitsatypiques.org/nous-soutenir/

In advance, we thank you very much for your support.





KAMS - EFWMF Grant 2015

The KAMS - EFWMF grant has been renewed for 2015!

The Tour Grant supports international touring of Korean traditional performing arts groups. The grant is presented by Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) and co-organized by European Forum of Worldwide Music Festival (EFWMF) since 2010 under the auspices of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Previous years amazing artists like Jambinai, [SU:M], Dulsori, The Gwangdae, Be-Being, Ahn Sook-Sun, Coreyah and Sooeun Kwak came to visit Europe and played at different member festivals.

This year we get the chance to explore more of this Korean traditional performing arts groups.
Here you can find more information on Kams: http://eng.gokams.or.kr/01_kams/kams_view.aspx?Idx=225&flag=notice