End of March the EFWMF organised its yearly annual meeting in Marseille, France, simultaneously with the Babel Med 2012. Almost 30 members attended the meetings that were held at the Club Pernod in the Vieux Port and later on enjoyed encounters and drinks at the stand as well as a great number of good showcases in the evening. We thank the Babel Med for inviting us and giving us the possiblity to meet in excellent conditions. See you next year!
In early 2012, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Arts Management Service re-solicited applications for the KAMS-EFWMF Tour Grant, with the goal of promoting the international competitiveness and name recognition of Korea's traditional arts through a strategy of overseas performance arrangements.
This support effort was initiated in 2010 under the joint operation of the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) and the European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals (EFWMF). Applicants were EFWMF partner festivals confirmed to be in negotiations toward inviting Korean traditional music groups for performance. Once support has been confirmed, the Korean performing artists and/or arts groups invited by the festivals in question will receive assistance to cover airfare and freight transportation costs.
Applications were accepted between March 16 and March 30, 2012, and reviewed on April 9.
The final selection results can be found on: http://eng.gokams.or.kr/01_kams/kams_view.aspx?Idx=189&flag=notice
The June issue of Songlines (#84) – on sale April 27 – sees this year’s festival supplement featuring Songlines Top 10 UK Summer Festivals and Songlines 25 of the Best International Festivals.
Get your sun hats, tents and wellies at the ready for another year of festivals full of the most legendary names and the freshest talent on the world music scene. Here are the Songlines recommendations:
Songlines 25 of the Best International Festivals
Africa Festival, Germany - EFWMF member
Chicago World Music Festival, USA
Druga Godba, Slovenia - EFWMF member
Essaouira Gnawa & World Music Festival, Morocco
Ethno Port, Poland
Fes Festival of Sacred Music, Morocco
Festival on the Niger, Mali
FMM Sines, Portugal
Førde Traditional and World Music Festival, Norway
Guca Trumpet Festival, Serbia
Jeonju International Sori Festival, South Korea
Jodhpur RIFF, India
Kriol Jazz Festival, Cape Verde
La Grande Rencontre, Québec
Musiques Metisses, France - EFWMF member
Oslo World Music Festival, Norway - EFWMF member
Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo
Sakifo Festival, La Réunion
Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar
Savannah Music Festival, USA
Sfinks Festival, Belgium - EFWMF member
Sommelo Festival, Finland
Warsaw Cross Cultural Festival, Poland
Artists, speakers, and filmmakers are called on to submit their Showcase, Conference, and Film proposals for WOMEX 12 Thessaloniki.
Deadline = Friday, 13 April 2012.
Spread the news and if you have a proposal of your own, don't hesitate to submit it! Submission forms and tips on how to propose can be found here: http://www.womex.com/lnk/how-to-propose