For the German Blues Challenge five Bands were nominated by a public Online-Voting. Each band played half an hour in front of an international judging panel to determine the winner. The winning band is qualified to take part in the European Blues Challenge 2013 in Toulouse (France) and the international Blues Challenge 2013 in Memphis (USA). This year the winner is the "Tommy Schneller Band".
Between the challenge concerts the German Blues Awards were granted in twelve categories: band, solo/duo, Voice (male), Voice (female), guitar, harp, other instrument, national prize, international prize, sound carrier, club and festival. Also for this the international judging panel choice the winners after the four basic criteria: Blues relation, talent (voice and instrumental skills), originality and stage presence.
From 17 to 20 May 2013 the next "Bluesfest Eutin" will take place at the market square of Eutin (Germany). More than 15.000 visitors are expected to see artists from Scandinavia, the Baltic states, Germany and North America. Especially at all is: the entry is free.
"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)