Upcoming Festivals NOV - DEC

20 November - 4 December 2008

The Jerusalem International Oud Festival

This year the ninth edition of the Jerusalem International Oud Festival goes far back in time and to distant regions. The journey in quest of eastern musical traditions takes you to the ancient cultures of Persia and Iraq, to distant Rajasthan in northern India, and will also bring you pearls from the Sufi tradition. Alongside some of the finest and most exciting Jewish and Arab Israeli performers, the festival is hosting musicians from Turkey, Greece, France and Italy this year, once more offering tribute to the Jewish poets of the Golden Age in Spain, alongside the great artists of Arabic art and popular song.


21 November - 24 December 2008

AFRICOLOR 's 20th anniversary

This 20th edition is placed under the fidelity sign towards artistes that played at the festival. Whether it is Nahawa Doumbia, who, from the first edition of Africolor in 1989, opened the doors to the Malian community, Kettly Noël that has been cherished since her first steps outside Haiti or Danyel Waro whose artistic exhanges keep on bringing light and renewance for the last 15 years.  Programming artists from the African continent, those who make our musical universe and our wordly perception more rich, has always been the festivals ambition. Their music has so much impregnated our identity that a new generation of musicians have been influenced to continue on this same road. This 20th edition is the party of all these encounters. 




Womex 2008 report

We are back from the lovely city of Seville where the food is excellent and the wine exquisite. The old city was again a labyrinth, especially at night, and the taxis sometimes hard to get.  We had 3 stands in hall 1 and it proved to be a good choice. Close to the outdoor corridor between hall 1 and 2 on one side and the internet access tables on the other side.

It was a very succesfull year with lots of members present and lots of visitors at our stand. And not only during the 5 o'clock drinks.  Almost 30 members flew to the trade fair to be at our stand, meet colleagues and business partners and network for 3 whole days. 

The drinks were a big success and even non-members brought us their favourite liquor or snack to enjoy and share.

On top of that, we are very pleased that so many new festivals from other continents showed interest in our network and consider strongly to become a member.  We will keep in touch with them in the near future.

Next edition will be in colder environments but not too worry we will be there again with our European delicacies and our inviting atmosphere. See you in Copenhagen!


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member meeting Jerusalem 2008

2 to 4 October 2008

Jerusalem and Ramallah 

The European Forum of World Music Festival gathers over 40 European festivals that network on artistic issues. Regular meetings facilitate collaborations and give an inside on programming and trends. The last meeting was organised by Yabous, the EFWMF-member in Jerusalem, focusing on Palestinian culture. Yabous is a non for profit organisation aiming to revive cultural life in the city, and organising music festivals as well as events on poetry, dance and cinema. The Jerusalem Festival, held yearly in the least week of july, is their main project, programming Palestinian, Arab and international artists in the Tomb of Kings, a major historic site in the city.

The EFWMF-members were treated with a concert program in the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah, giving an overview of Palestinian music today.

Dam, the militant hip hop group, has already toured Europe, and raps on issues that are close to the life of people. Their blend of hip hop beats, Arabic melodies and daily life soundscapes is very effective.

Basel Zayed is a singer-instrumentalist that performs his own compositions, many of which are set to text by poets. He was accompanied by piano, percussion, flute and cello, while playing various stringed instruments himself. The Samaa' ensemble revives the age-old tradition of makaam. Composed by professors of the conservatory backing two wonderful singers the ensemble did a brilliant performance.

The members meeting also featured meetings with professionals from the region, which gave them the possibility to have a real inside on cultural life in Palestine. Many contacts were made, and the need to find concert possibilities in Europe was stressed. Professional artist have very few options at home and therefore depend greatly on tours abroad.

The EFWMF meeting furthermore discussed various topics linked to the situation of worldmusic anno 2008, set the calendar for next meetings and started preparations for the EFWMF's 20th anniversary events that will start in 2010. Festivals reports were also given, and members started exchanging on their 2009 programming.

The meeting concluded with a guided tour of Jerusalem by Albert Aghazarian, history lecturer of Birzeit University, giving all a very surprising and open-minded insight on this wo,nderfull city.

The EFWMF will next meet at Babel Med, the Worldmusic market in Marseille in March 2009.

By Patrick De Groote

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