The Keeping the Blues Alive Awards which is seen as the most important prize in the world of blues is awarded annually in Memphis (USA) by the Blues foundation. The world’s biggest blues organization was launched in 1980 and has been dedicated to preserve blues music history, support blues education and to ensure the future of blues as a uniquely American art form ever since.
At 23rd January 2015 BluesBaltica/Bluesfest Eutin received this year’s award in the category KBA Festival international. It is the first German and the seventh European festival which has ever received this honor.
The BluesBaltica is a free, four-day blues festival in the Eutin town center and was founded in 1990 by Helge Nickel who continues running the festival. Since its launch it has grown to one of the most well-known activities of the Schleswig-Holstein region and the biggest blues festival in Germany. Beside well known American Blues acts, known artists mainly from the Baltic Sea Region show their musicianship at the festival. To creatively help finance the festival local teenagers ask for donations during the performances with which the visitors can purchase stickers or CD’s. Generally the festival has around 15,000 visitors every year.
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