Coming up: La Zampogna - Italy

La Zampogna: 2  days of intimate concerts in small villages, bagpipe-gatherings and conferences. 

This weekend there's a new edition of one of the most important festivals in Italy: La Zampogna - Festival of Traditional Music and Culture. The 23th edition, taking place on January 16 and 17, will involve a large number of scholars, musicians, instrument makers and a passionate public, confirming the strong position of the Italian folk tradition.

An event not to miss!

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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.