This year’s Midem music conference, taking place in Cannes from 3 to 6 June, saw the launch of the 'European Music Exporter Exchange Network' (EMEE). This new network joins more than twenty European music organisations, including Flanders Arts Institute, and aims at increasing consumption of their members’ repertoire.
KRAAK is a Belgian label and concert organisation that promotes off-stream music and sounds. Making its way to Berlin on 2 July, the label will present three of its finest bands in the venue of ausland, Prenzlauer Berg.
Signatures from composing Flanders is the second Fingerprints CD. Twenty-five compositions from twenty-three contemporary classical composers who set their stamp on the classical music of today: Bart Verstraeten, Koen Dejonghe, Felix Vermeirsch, Benjamien Lycke, Bart Vanderbeke, Ward De Vleeschhouwer, André Laporte, Felix Ceunen, Eddy Flecijn, Arne M. Gunst, Pieter Schuermans, Michiel De Malsche, Liesbeth Decrock, Liselotte Sels, Gilbert Isbin, Dirk Verbrugghe, Kris De Baerdemacker, Kris Oelbrandt, Stephane Vande Ginste, Sebastian Bradt, Bart Van Kerckhove, Johan Sluys and Annelies Van Parys.
At the end of 2015, Flemish folk bands received a call to apply for participation at the EFEX focus programme. EFEX, the English Folk Expo, is a three-day showcase and network event that takes place during the Homegrown Folkfestival in Bury, Lancashire, near Manchester. Because of the unique cooperation between Flanders Arts Institute and Folkforum, EFEX chose Flanders as focus region for the 2016 edition. The two organisations will join forces to reinforce the folk scene in Flanders, to enhance the visibility of folk in Belgium and abroad and to build a sustainable network.