Save the date: folkBALTICA from 6 to 10 April 2011

20.01.2011 |

This year, the ARS BALTICA granted festival (Germany) presents guests from European Capitals of Culture of the Baltic Sea Region. Welcome to a varied programme!

In 2011, the ARS BALTICA granted festival folkBALTICA will present the best performers of contemporary folk music from the whole Baltic Sea region – with a concept that is unique in the European festival scene. From 6 to 10 April 2011, Flensburg and the neighbouring region will once again be the venue for encounters of a personal and musical nature which can set new creative collaborations in motion.

ARS BALTICA is happy to announce that, also this year, there will be a cooperation concert organised by folkBALTICA, the ARS BALTICA Secretariat, Nordkolleg Rendsburg and KiC Büdelsdorf (ACO Wagenremise) where the concert will take place on Wednesday, 6 April at 20:00. Welcome!

Up to now folkBALTICA, Germany’s northernmost and Denmark's southernmost folk festival, has always focussed on the music of one particular country. But this will not be the case in the seventh year: this time, musicians have been invited from seven cities in the Baltic Sea region which have been or wish to be European Capitals of Culture: Stockholm and Bergen (2000), Stavanger (2008), Tallinn and Turku (2011), Umeå (2014), Sønderborg (2017).

It will be interesting to see the new and original festival productions: under the motto "Vocal Cultural Capitals", the festival will be presenting vocal music with around 50 young female voices from Tallinn, Sønderborg, Umeå, Bergen and Stavanger – with large groups represented by two of the world’s best girls choirs, and small groups in the shape of a cappella music from the Kraja folk quartet and soloists from Norway.

The midnight concert "Percussion Magic" will be featuring five drummers from Norway and northern Germany, who will be enchanting Flensburg's historic museum hill with loud and soft percussion instruments.

Other highlights of the five-day festival programme – some of which will be old friends who performed with great success in previous years – are:

  • Percussionist Terje Isungset (Bergen/Norway)
  • Accordionist Gabriel Fliflet with a work commissioned for this year’s Bergen International Festival, and as half of the duo with drummer Ole Hamre
  • Jazz trumpeter Per Jørgensen with archaic singing voice
  • The young musician Benedicte Maurseth with new sounds on the Hardanger fiddle, the national instrument of Norway
  • The Stavangar singer-songwriter Elin Furubotn performing together with saxophonist Karl Seglem
  • Maria Kalaniemi, the grande dame of Finnish accordion playing, with her new Swedish-Finnish repertoire "Vilda Rosor"
  • Sväng's harmonica player Eero Grundström

As usual, in addition to the excellent musical offerings, the 7th folkBALTICA folk festival and its cooperation partners will once again be holding a large number of workshops, and exhibitions such as "Turku Looks" and "CONNECTING – Baltic Arts and Craft", which is shown on Flensburg's Museumsberg from 13 February to 8 May 2011.

Also CONNECTING is granted with the ARS BALTICA logo. The collaboration between folkBALTICA and CONNECTING is a best practice example of cross-sectional cooperation in the field of arts and culture of the Baltic Sea Region!

Find out more about the festival folkBALTICA!

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