‘Riga City Festival’ accepted into European Festivals Association
Voting on the acceptance of ‘Riga City Festival’ into this organization was held by the general assembly 2013 of European Festivals Association in Granada, Spain.
The artistic director of ‘Riga City Festival’, director of VSIA ‘Latvijas koncerti’ Guntars Ķirsis does not make a secret of being pleased with the results of the EFA ballot: ‘Participation in European Festivals Association will open wide opportunities for collaboration with other festivals in Europe and organization of paid management master classes, as well as positively reflect on the possibilities of the export of Latvian music.’
The general assembly 2013 of European Festivals Association was held in Granada, Spain, in April 18-21 and was organized, this year, by one of the oldest members of the Association – the Granada International Festival of Music and Dance.
For 145 participants of the assembly from 35 countries, representing 62 festivals, it was an opportunity to meet colleagues – festival directors – in order to share ideas, experience and actualities in professional atmosphere, to evaluate the festival yield and search for new sources of inspiration in the modern world.
‘European Festivals Association is the oldest cultural network in Europe uniting the most prestigious festivals on the continent and outside. The best known members of the Association are ‘BBC Proms,’ ‘Berliner Festspiele,’ Museum de BOZAR of Brussels, ‘Chorégies d’Orange,’ the Edinburgh Festival, Festival of Aix en Provence, Flanders Festival, Luzern Festival, ‘Prague Spring’, Reykjavik Festival of Arts, Opera festival of Rossini in Pesaro, the White Nights of St. Petersburg, the Walloon Festival.
The Association was founded in 1952 in Geneva as initiative of the outstanding conductor Igor Markevich and re-known philosopher Denis de Rougemont. From a 15 member forum, it has expanded into a dynamic network, representing more than 100 festivals of music, dance, theater and multi-disciplines, state event associations and cultural organizations from 43 countries.
As previously reported, following a tradition of three years already, the arrival of summer will be heralded in Riga by the largest classical music event in the Baltic States – ‘Riga City Festival,’ which will take place in June 3 – 20, gathering the most outstanding musicians from Latvia and abroad. The concerts will be given by Vestards Šimkus and Baiba Skride, laureate of the Big Musical Prize – Latvia accordionist Xenia Sidorova, the Latvian Radio Choir and the State Academic Choir ‘Latvia’, pianist Juris Zhvikovs, singer Renārs Kaupers, stars of Latvian percussion scene, Canadian mezzo soprano Measha Brueggergosman, National Symphony Orchestra of Lithuania and others.
The tickets for ‘Riga City Festival’ concerts are available in all the outlets of ‘Biļešu paradīze’ and on the internet.