2019 Euroradio Folk Festival (EFF)
At the initiative of MDR, the 2019 EFF took place during the Rudolstadt Festival, Germany’s foremost showcase of roots, folk and world music and one of Europe’s top world music events. This new partnership reinforces the EFF’s promotion of rich local and regional roots, while being open to the latest trends, migrations and encounters. The EFF will remain in Rudolstadt at least until 2021.
Promoting the cultural diversity of Europe through music exchanges
Kanteles, fiddles, accordions, balalaikas, throat singing, yodeling: these and many more can be heard at the annual Euroradio Folk Festival (EFF), where bands and artists redefine the frontiers of folk music through their ethno, jazz, traditional and crossover projects.
More than a mere festival, this event is a platform presenting the incredible diversity of musical genres and sounds of all lifestyles in European folk music. It aims to preserve the unique tradition of local and regional roots, while being open to the latest trends, migrations and encounters.
It reflects the lives of Europeans in all their richness: who we are, where we come from, and where we are going.
Since it was launched in 1980, the EFF has been an unprecedented opportunity for over 2,000 vocal and instrumental musicians to present the multitude of traditions in Europe, but also other continents, and connect with one another.
Thanks to the Euroradio network concert exchanges, many artists have become known far beyond their borders.
The Festival venues have encompassed the length and breadth of Europe, from Førde in Norway to Segovia in Spain, and from Cork to Moscow.
The EFF is well known for its live concerts, but perhaps even more for its radio transmissions. All the concerts are recorded and provided at no cost by the host to other EBU radio organizations as part of the Euroradio concert exchanges. On average, each concert is broadcast by 20 radio stations in Europe and beyond, with transmissions as far afield as the Asia-Pacific region and North America. One important feature of the EFF is that many of those on stage and in the audience are young people, thereby challenging the myth that they are not interested in this type of music. Indeed, the folk, ethnic and world music scenes bring together scores of young people with a truly fresh, creative and innovative outlook, and a thoughtful, respectful and bold attitude to tradition, building their own message on it.