The seventh folkBALTICA festival will run from 6 to 10 April 2011. At the 42 events in Flensburg, Sønderborg and the German-Danish region of Sønderjylland-Schleswig, you can experience the highlights of traditional music cultures from the countries around the Baltic Sea in modern manifestations of folk, jazz, classic and world music.
folkBALTICA is using the occasion of Sønderborg's candidacy as European Capital of Culture 2017 to present music from seven European Capitals of Culture in the Baltic Sea region at the seventh festival.
Never before have there been so many participants: The programme will be presented by a total of 148 musicians, of which more than 100 are women, from Estonia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Germany, on over 30 stages at 19 different venues.
The highlights of the festival include the theme concert "Vocal Cultural Capitals" with 80 young women's voices from five countries, "Ǻresong" the work commissioned for the Bergen International Festival 2010 based on lyrics by Norwegian dramatist Jon Fosse, the midnight "Percussion Magic" concert with five sound artists from Norway and Schleswig-Holstein, and also the new programme by the Finnish stars Maria Kalaniemi and Piirpauke.
In addition to the concerts, the festival is also staging a film special with the motto "Urban Music", two exhibitions, six workshops and a series of lectures in cooperation with the Flensburg-based European centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) which will give fascinating insights into the cultures of the Baltic Sea region.
Save the date for this year’s ARS BALTICA special concert with "Fiolministeriet" (Denmark) and Benedicte Maurseth (Norway): 6 April 2011, 20.00 at KiC Büdelsdorf!
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)