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, 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 Euroradio Folk Festival 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.
From 19 to 22 July, the 38th Euroradio Folk Festival (EFF) will be held in the Czech Republic, in conjunction with the 26th Český Krumlov International Music Festival.
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.
Participating artists in order of their appearance:
Jitka Šuranská Trio (Czech Republic)
Tomáš Kočko & Orchestra (Czech Republic)
Trio Zuzana Lapčíková – Emil Viklický – Josef Fečo (Czech Republic)
Pengetös Trió (Hungary)
Loyko Trio (Russia)
Kjorstad Brothers (Norway)
Monika Drasch Quartet (Germany)
Quintet Valday (Russia)
Vent Negru (Switzerland)
Sen Svaja (Lithuania)
Ponk (Czech Republic)
232 Strängar (Sweden)
La Banda Morisca (Spain)
Lepistö & Lehti (Finland)
Ștefan Vodă Ensemble (Moldova)
Katarína Máliková & Ensemble (Slovakia)
nuMori (South Korea)
The programme and artists' information can be found here.