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[Festivals Stories] Grandezze & Meraviglie - Festival Musicale Estense
Grandezze & Meraviglie - Festival Musicale Estense is the longest-running early music festival in the region of Emilia Romagna in Italy. The pandemic impulsed this festival to rethink its online presence. They are aware of the value of video streaming tools, even though they recognise that recordings cannot replace live events.
[Festivals Stories] Malta Festival Poznań
The 30th anniversary edition of Malta Festival Poznań focused on the festival's local dimension as the pandemic made it impossible to produce the planned international programme. However, they managed to organise a 'festival on tour' holding events in innovative settings such as rivers, lakes, housing estates or fields.
[Festivals Stories] Krakow Film Festival
In 2020, the 60th Krakow Film Festival was moved entirely online. It was scary but it had a great success: the festival attracted twice the usual audience. For this reason, they decided to maintain a hybrid format in the future, in order to keep trascending time and geographical limitations.
[Festivals Stories] Góbéfest
Góbéfest is an unique festival that moves the heart of Eastern Europe to the United Kingdom for a short period of time each year. In 2020, despite of having an online format, this festival included a broad programme going from live streamed workshops to an encyclopedia of music.
[Festivals Stories] Varaždin Baroque Evenings
Varaždin Baroque Evenings is one of the oldest and most renowned festivals of early music in the entire world. Their 2020 edition was not only special because of the pandemic but also they commemorated their 50th anniversary and even managed to celebrate it.
[Festivals Stories] Holmfirth Arts Festival
The Holmfirth Arts Festival is one of Yorkshire's best small Festivals. After the struck of the pandemic, they didn't want to cancel for the artists who had already lost their work and for their audience. For this reason, they created an interactive livestreamed event that serves as example for future festivals.
[Festivals Stories] AMUZ Festival
Laus Polyphoniae Festival, the summer festival of AMUZ, has become the world's biggest festival with such a strong focus on polyphony. The 2021 edition was hybrid and commemorated the 500th anniversary of Josquin des Prez’s death.
[Festivals Stories] Galway International Arts Festival
Galway International Arts Festival includes many types of disciplines and despite the challenges of the pandemic it has not stopped growing and producing art of all kinds. It has adapted to the circumstances by exploring the hybrid format through innovation and creativity.
[Festivals Stories] Cinematica Festival
Cinematica Festival found ways to keep the attention of their audience until they were able to get back on stage. They helped to keep culture alive and created initiatives to entertain and interact with their public during the lockdown.
Sofie & Carlo - Finale
In the middle of Europe, two long-suffering interns are helping a festival keep disaster almost away. This is their second season and surely it can't be as tough as their first! Want a bet?
[Festivals Stories] LEM Festival - International Experimental Music Meeting
The LEM Festival was hit by the pandemic but found new ways to stay connected with the internationally spread family of experimental music. It did not only survive but also managed to be one of the few music festivals that took place in Barcelona that year.