BluesBaltica (Eutin, Germany) is an annual four days blues festival in May. The open air festival is one of the leading festivals in Europe and the biggest blues festival in Germany. Beside well known American Blues acts, known artists mainly from the Baltic region show their musicianship.

  • What is the project about?

    The kind of repertoire that BluesBaltica offers is unique in Central Europe. The festival in general has about 20,000 visitors and participants a year – with up to 200 musicians and up to 200 volunteers working on the project. Involved are musicians from all the countries around the Baltic Sea, including Germany and also of some other European countries such as France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands.

    Earl Thomas - Blues Alive © Blues Baltica

    Apart from the main event in May, BluesBaltica organizes several other projects such as the German & Baltic Blues Challenge Eutin which started in 2009. This annual blues competition in October is the biggest intercontinental music project established as a music genre in Europe. Its laureates in the category Band and Solo/Duet will be invited to join the worldwide finals of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee (USA). The preselection for the challenge in Eutin will be executed by participating professional journals together with several particular festivals.

    Another project initiated by BluesBaltica is called Blues@School, taking place five to ten times a year. Within the frame of this project well-known, particularly American Blues musicians teach students aged about 14 to 16 years old at schools situated in Schleswig-Holstein (northern Germany). Thereby not only the style of music is of significant importance. Moreover, the history of Blues and its socio-cultural heritage play an important role, too and shall invite people to actively join the project.

  • Who is the target group?

    BluesBaltica is dedicated to lovers of music – especially blues music – from all over Europe, mainly from Germany and the Baltic Sea Region.

  • Next edition of the project
    The next Bluesfest will take place from 18th to 21st May 2017.
  • Partners of BluesBaltica

    BluesBaltica cooperates with musicians, agencies, blues festivals, blues magazines, blues radios, blues clubs and blues societies from different countries (e.g. European Blues Union, Belgium, Blues Foundation, USA) and with the German Blues Awards (GBA).


"ARS BALTICA is not a bureaucratic construction for political posturing, but a concept that stands for unconventional and committed collaboration in real cooperative projects." (Rainer Haarmann, former ARS BALTICA Coordinator, 1997)

Key Facts

  • start of the project in 1990
  • granted with the ARS BALTICA logo since 2007
  • located at Eutin (Germany)


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