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Every year on 9 May, European citizens celebrate Europe Day. This day commemorates the historic ‘Schuman declaration’, signed on 9 May 1950. Let’s zoom in on some of the festivals that emerged after World War II and that continue to play a very important role today.
Jazz it up in April!
April is not just any month, it is Jazz Appreciation Month, at the end of which, on the 30th, we also celebrate International Jazz Day. That being said, you immediately run out of excuses to not jazz it up at least once this month.
We stand by #Ukraine
To highlight the incredible work that festivals are doing in Ukraine, we dedicate this zoom-in to Ukrainian festivals. We don’t know yet if these festivals will be able to take place but nonetheless they deserve to be highlighted.
Estonia Independence Day
24 February, Estonia celebrates their National Day. Today, we are celebrating the 104 years of independency of the country. Arts and culture have always played an important role in Estonia. Let's take a look at which festivals they're welcoming in 2022.
[Festivals Stories] Compilation: Reaching a larger and more diverse audience
If we can take something positive from the pandemic as well as from moving to an online format it is definitely the possibility of connecting with a bigger audience. Read here story of festivals that widened their audience scope in the 2020 and 2021 edition.
[Festivals Stories] Compilation: Going digital boosted innovation and creativity
Some festivals took the best out of moving to a digital format in 2021. They created innovative projects that turned the festival’s standard production upside down making it even more outstanding.
[Festivals Stories] Compilation: The power of resilience
Some festivals rejected the idea of moving all their performances online. They simply could not accept that human contact was missing. These festivals are proud of having achieved this huge milestone, as one of them says: “The virus did not defeat our resilience”.
[Festivals Stories] Afrobanana Republic Festival/ABR-Alternative Brains Rule
In 2021, the Afrobanana Republic Festival created the island’s first ever Virtual Reality music festival. This edition pushed the boundaries of what can be done in Virtual Reality as it was hosted on a new VR app called Somnus and it managed to capture the attention of the global music scene.
[Festivals Stories] Off the Beaten Path
Off the Beaten Path chamber music festival in Kovachevitsa was founded by Bulgarian musicians who live and work in the United States and Europe. Even if this festival was not created long ago and soon after its creation they had to face the pandemic they seem unstoppable; they have produced a virtual programme and broadcasted a documentary film of the festival.
[Festivals Stories] Patchlab Digital Art Festival / Fundacja Photon
Patchlab Festival is designed to reflect on the roles and impact that digital technology has on society and the environment using digital art. For the past editions they developed something totally out of the box: art projects as mobile applications that are easy accessible for anyone and anywhere.
[Festivals Stories] Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival
The Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival adopted a hybrid format during the pandemic. This situation showed them that streaming, using more digital techniques and embracing new interactive ways to produce the programme were the key to succeed in the future.
[Festivals Stories] Graphic Stories Festival
The Graphic Stories Festival on Graphic Design and Visual communication is known for connecting and empathising with its audience. The virtual wall designed for its 2021 edition proves this: its aim was that people could leave their own message and express how they felt during the confinement and the pandemic.