Here we publish the official press release of folkBALTICA dealing with the personnel changes:
For the last eight years, as artistic and managing director, Jens-Peter Müller has personally shaped the annual folkBALTICA festival.
With a view to further professionalization of this successful festival, we are introducing some changes in management. The responsibilities that have to date been borne by one person will now be split and borne by others.
The new artistic director of folkBALTICA will be Danish folk singer and composer Harald Haugaard.
folkBALTICA visitors will already have seen him several times at our festival concerts. He has a reputation in the international folk scene as one of the world’s best folk violinists. With his international concert experience, his professorship at the Carl-Nielsen Akademie in Odense and his conceptional experience in the event and project sector, he will be bringing great expertise into his new role.
New managing director of folkBALTICA will be Rendsburg-based cardiologist and musician Dr. Peter Boll, who as a partner of the non-profit limited company, has been involved with the festival from the very beginning. Peter Boll: "We are glad that we have succeeded in getting Harald Haugaard for this job. His appointment as artistic director will enhance the cross-border, German-Danish profile of the festival, and its importance as an excellent project within the scope of the Ars Baltica cultural network."
The folkBALTICA festival is now considered to be one of the most important events of its genre in all of northern Europe. On his decision to hand over the reins of the festival says previous artistic and managing director Jens-Peter Müller:
"The adventure that is folkBALTICA started for me exactly nine years ago, when the state government contacted me in June 2003. Despite very difficult circumstances, with eight successful folkBALTICA festivals under our belt we have not only created a successful cultural event, but also something wonderful in an aesthetic and human sense, which has inspired so many people, moving many to become involved with the festival as voluntary helpers. After nine years of constant financial and staffing shortages and frequent planning uncertainty I can hand over an intact festival structure to my successors. I am absolutely delighted that this new management team is not only a competent successor, but also that the work can be spread over an extra pair of shoulders. I would like to thank all the staff, helpers, supporters, sponsors and cooperation partners at over 30 different venues, who have made the festival such an extraordinary event."
Jens-Peter Müller remains a co-partner of the festival. Continuity in the festival office will be provided by employee of long standing Reinhard Salamonsberger and recently appointed event manager Juliane Worst. Programme planning and marketing remain in the hands of co-partner Rainer Prüss.
This expansion of staff and professionalization has been made possible by an increase in the grant from the City of Flensburg from € 30,000 to € 50,000 and a special grant of € 40,000 from the "NOSPA Sparkassenstiftung von1869".
Over the last two years the festival has been spared the cuts made by the state ministry of education and culture, still receiving a grant of € 50,000. Kommune Sønderborg has also made a significant contribution to keeping the festival going by increasing their grant to € 20,000 in 2010. folkBALTICA is one of the pillars of Sønderborg and the Sønderjylland-Schleswig Region’s candidacy for European Capital of Culture in 2017.
"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)