Early Music Day
Every year on the 21st of March we celebrate Early Music Day together with the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach. On this day we honor a millennium of music through various events.
If you are organising an event, don't hesitate to register your project on REMA's website to see it featured on the Early Music Day map and programme.
For this occasion, we have highlighted some festivals dedicated to Early Music present on FestivalFinder.eu. Do not hesitate to check them out.
Grandezze & Meraviglie, Festival Musicale Estense
Grandezze & Meraviglie – Festival Musicale Estense started in 1998 as a side-event during the Modena Capitale celebrations.
The Festival has gained ever since a great resonance in Europe since its very beginning and this helped the festival to become a national and international reference point for early music. Concerts are held in historical venues in Modena, Ferrara, Sassuolo, Vignola, and Zocca.
Since time immemorial the past has been a source of inspiration for artists working in every creative field. O/Modernt (Swedish for ‘Un/modern’) celebrates this ‘looking back’ to find imaginative renewal in the past by exploring the relationships between the work of early composers and the artistic and intellectual creations of modern culture — in music, art, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature and scholarship. The O/Modernt spirit of reinvention finds special expression in a weeklong Summer festival in Stockholm.
Musical evenings at St. Jerome’s
Festival Glazbene večeri kod sv. Jeronima (Musical evenings at St. Jerome's) is a classical chamber music festival that promotes top notch performers and ensembles from Croatia and abroad. The festival exists from 2018 and has become one of the most important classical music Summer events in Dalmatia region.
Meidän Festivaali/Vår Festival/Our Festival
Our Festival, an event renowned for crossing the traditional boundaries between various arts, is a bold, open-minded, and socially aware festival that restructures the cultural scene in Finland. The event, held annually in the historically significant Lake Tuusula area, was first held in 1997. Long-time artistic leader of the festival violinist Pekka Kuusisto ended his tenure in 2018, and the festival is now lead by Kamus String Quartet, one of the most prominent Nordic string ensembles.
Finland Festivals named Our Festival Festival of the Year in 2011, and the festival was awarded Finland's State Prize for Music in 2013.
ReMusica Festival – Pristina International Festival
ReMusica Festival, is one of the main pillars of cultural life in Kosovo, with a specific focus on classical/modern music.
Its initial mission since 2002, is the promotion of the contemporary music and conveying innovative expression in the art of music, through channels of different stylistic tendencies of the XX century.
The interaction between ReMusica and its public has helped realise the need for broadening the margins, therefore resulting in enriching the Festival’s physiognomy by introducing the music of other stylistic eras, such as Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism, Romantics, and so on.
Many other festivals programming Early Music are running in 2021. Have a look at their programme:
- BIG BANG – Adventurous Music Festival for a Young Audience
- 69th European Music Festival for Young People ONLINE
- Culture night Vilnius
- Ancient Ilida Festival
- Classical Beat Summertour
- White night Alexandroupolis
- Farsund Folk Festival
- Bergen kirkeautunnale
- Haddo Arts Festival
- Athens Art Festival
[Go green] Porta Ferrada Festival
In 2023, Porta Ferrada Festival prioritised sustainability with reusable cups and funding beach cleaning. Over 24,000 ecological glasses were distributed, embodying their commitment to environmental responsibility and community engagement.
[Go green] Rock for People Festival
In collaboration with Komerční banka, it was created the KB FutureFest 2030 zone at Rock for People, highlighting a sustainable festival vision with solar/hydrogen-powered stages, eco-friendly materials, and discussions on sustainability.
[Go Green] Medieval Festival of Rhodes
The Medieval Rose Festival offers a living history experience, transporting participants to an era with sustainable practices like creative recycling and minimal waste. Emphasising experiential archaeology, the event promotes eco-friendly concepts, from reusable ceramic cups to minimal electricity usage, fostering a connection between medieval lifestyles and contemporary sustainability.