New EFWMF members in 2009

Glatt&Verkehrt Music Festival in Krems a.d. Donau, Austria (12 – 26 July 2009)     
Tradition and innovation, the old and the new are as closely connected as the stitches in a knitting pattern—it is between these two poles that music has been made at the Glatt&Verkehrt festival, not asking for styles and genres, yet for regions, origins and roots. For 13 years now, the unique festival has demonstrated original and exciting high-quality aspects within the broad field of music referring to certain ethnical traditions. No matter if they come from traditional folk music, jazz, classical music or the avant-garde—what connects all the performing artists travelling to the little town Krems a.d. Donau from all around the world is one common premise: the confrontation with their personal musical origins. Two weeks at the end of July are completely dedicated to these extraordinary sounds from all over the world and attract around 5,200 visitors (partly die-hard regulars) to the Wachau region each year.
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Vidor Festival in Nyíregyháza, Hungary (28 August – 5 September 2009)
Since 2002, the festival has invited famous artists like René Aubry, Salif Keita, Goran Bregovic, Eliades Ochoa, Maurice el Médioni, a.o. Side by side with the music, Hungary’s most respected theatres and companies show their latest comedies and street-theatre productions at the festival. A competition is linked to this next to a film competition with Hungarian comedies that came out the previous year. Considered as one of Hungary’s most prestigious cultural events of European magnitude, the Vidor festival also attaches a lot of attention to school concerts. They believe it is import that children of all ages can experience in their own schoolyard music and culture from Hungarian minorities as well as foreign artists. This initiative is part of the educational conception of the festival. The family friendly Vidor Festival attracts each night between 5000 to 8000 people. For more than a week, the city centre, changes into a fantastic street parade welcoming thousands of visitors.
More info: www.happyartfestival.hu

World Music Festival (9 – 11 October 2009)

Ulsan World Music Festival launched in 2007 as part Cheoyong Culture Festival under the slogan of “Cheoyong Welcomes the World” in Ulsan Metropolitan City, South Korea.

Cheoyong is a mythical character who is believed to have originated from Ulsan. His poems and graceful dance are symbolic of generosity and unity and are performed at the festival every year to celebrate with the festival’s success and to wish citizens’ well-being. Ulsan World Music Festival has presented wide range of world music from Quimantu to Antonio Chainho, Rodrigo Leao to Bajofondo and many more to name. There is an educational programme Tribe of Doris UK (Intercultural Summer School takes place in the South West of England). Ulsan World Music Festival is in partnership with Tribe of Doris UK to develop educational contents since 2007. More info: www.cheoyong.or.kr

Le Voci dell’ Anima in Bari, Italy (December 2009)

Le voci dell’Anima was founded in Bari in 2004, based on the conviction that Apulia needs to fulfil its vocation as a crossroads at the centre of the Mediterranean, a place to try out new forms of cultural cohabitation, encouraging dialogue between peoples, experimenting with new artistic and musical pathways. The festival takes place in December, in a series of free concerts, each held in a different church, chosen from those on the frontiers of the city either from a social or a geographical point of view. Le voci dell’Anima was created and is organised by Princigalli Produzioni. In only five years, the festival has welcomed some of the top names on the international stage: Ambrogio Sparagna - Angélique Kidjo - Divna - Radiodervish - Jan Garbarek a.o.
More info: www.princigalliproduzioni.it


Babel Med 2009 under mistral

We arrived in Marseille with 4 Beaufort but the sun was shining and the people were braving the wind drinking Ricard at the Vieux Port. 

Approximately 20 members attended our member meeting and annual general meeting where budgets were accepted and a new board was elected for the next year. Mrs. Hilde Bjorkum, Mr. Patrick De Groote and Mr. Erasmo Treglia will serve for another two year term on the board, which will benefit efficiency and communication of the working board.

Four new festivals have joined us officially at the AGM 2009. Vidor Festival in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, Le Voci dell Anima in Bari, Italy, Glatt & Verkehrt in Krems an der Donau, Austria and the Ulsan World Music Festival in Ulsan, South Korea. We happily welcome these 4 new members which will be presented in the next item on this blog.  

The EFWMF is also seeking to facilitate and intensify links to non-European festivals and other networks within the world music community. We organized an informal get-together with the members of Equation Musique (http://www.culturesfrance.com/programme/Equation-musique/ev2pg111.html). Culturesfrance and l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie support the musical link with the African continent: backing up of festivals, networks, artists and the access to the international markets. Launched at Babel Med 2008 the purpose is to create the possibility for African professionals to meet their colleagues in other countries, to present their activities and to work out musical productions and international collaborations.  

On Thursday the 5th edition of Babel Med Music kicked off with over 1500 music industry professionals spanning the five continents. Three nights we could enjoy 30 concerts over 20 countries. Kamel El Harrachi from Algeria enchanted us with his suave voice and Les Bantous de la Capitale played Congolese Rumba with so much passion that even the hardest dancer shaked his foot. The graceful African Amazon Sayon Bamba, originally from Conakry (Guinea) but adopted by Marseille, sings with a unique voice on the African women of the 21st century. And the mystical women of the Mahoran culture of Mayotte DEBA created a great Sufi ceremony in which centuries-old chants and gracious dances celebrate the birth of Mohamed.  

We would like to thank the Babel Med team to invite us to their tradefair where we had the opportunity to network, develop new activities, detect new trends and exchange ideas and views in a good and warm atmosphere. We are looking forward to the 6th edition.  

Next EFWMF meeting at Les Rencontres de Chants polyphoniques de Calvi, Corsica from September 17 till 20, 2009.  



EFWMF at Babel Med 2009

A large number of our members will be in Marseille to attend our annual general meeting and to be present at our stand n° 12 at the Babel Med tradefair. Please come and visit us if you need more info of our network or the various festival members. And don't forget our daily drinks at 5PM!



Babel Med 2009


From March 26 to 28, BABEL MED MUSIC makes Marseille the capital of the world music sound. As a forum of the music industry with a selection of concerts open to the general public, BABEL MED MUSIC has established itself as a unique World Music event since 2005.

For 3 days, artists and professionals from the four corners of the world shall gather to develop their activities, detect new trends and exchange ideas and views within the scope of meetings, conferences and debates.
The artists selected to take part in this trade show will perform in front of international festival directors and programming managers, artistic agents, current label corporations, as well as a curious public avid to discover new musical talents (12.000 people). 30 concerts in total with high quality listening conditions.

Building on its ever-increasing success, Babel Med Music positions itself as a professional marketplace adapted to the expectations of the various industry actors:

- presence of the EFWMF (European Forum of World Music Festivals)
- invitation of over 4000 festival representatives and programming managers from Europe & elsewhere
- marketplace forum: 130 organizations promoted through stands,
- approximately 1500 professionals from around 60 countries
- organization of conferences, debates and projections
- festival with a 5000 m² area open to the public and including 3 different stages

More info: www.dock-des-suds.org 


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.