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Bayimba Cultural Foundation er stolte av å presentere den tre dager lange Bayinba International Festival of the Arts som legger til rette for kulturkonsumpsjon etter god og variert kvalitet i Uganda. Årlig arrangeres festivalen den tredje uka i september, og gjør hele Kampala til en stor musikalsk og artistisk fest inkludert dans, film, visuell kunst og teater.

Helt siden festivalen ble arrangert for første gang i 2008 har en bredt spekter av artister fra Uganda, Øst-Afrika og utover disse landegrensene bidratt til å gjøre festivalen mulitkulturell og variert. Både etablerte og nybegynnere innenfor feltet fra ulike kriker og kroker blir plukket ut til å være med på festlighetene, og du kan selv søke om å delta her. Det er selvsagt også mulig å delta som plublikum, og mer informasjon om festivalen finner du her. I mens kan du ta en titt på hva som skjedde under festivalen i 2013:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03jTS1-8xKc

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For tredje gang i år utveksler JM Norway i samarbeid med Fredskorpset ungdommer mellom Norge, Malawi og Mosambik. Årets deltakere i MOVE-prosjektet (Musicians and Organizers Volunteer Exchange) er på plass og deler sine inntrykk på MOVE-bloggen. Vil du vite mer om hvordan hverdagen til Liv, Hannah, Cecilie, Jørgen,Victoria, Selma, Marlene og Kristian ser ut? Følg med på bloggen, så får du vite hva de opplever på reisen. Kanskje du vil være med til neste år? Merk at utlysning etter nye deltakere blir publisert i januar/februar og søknadsfrist er 1. april for norske deltakere.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6E0VLht1CY

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About one hundred musicians, young organizers and attendants gathered in Kristiansand during the first days of August and made this year’s Imagine Festival a great success. The musicians who participated were aged 13-22. The selected bands were as follows:

Resirkulert from Norway
Daniel Eliasson from Sweden
Les 100 Faussess Notes from France
The Cro Trio from Croatia
Wilder from Romania
Pleasure Project from Slovenia
Triopated from Belgium
Movers band from Malawi
WERE from Zimbabwe

The bands operated within genres like jazz, fushion, pop rock, metalcore, afrotribe, a huge range of genres.

The proud winners of this year’s festival, Zimbabwean WERE, won a tour through several of the European Jeunesses Musicales countries, as well as 10 000 euros worth of recording time.

Jeunesses Musicales Norway was in charge of the planning and the economics. We arranged this in close cooperation with Imagine Norway (UKM Norge), UKM Vest-Agder and Jeunesses Musicales International. In addition to concerts there were held workshops and courses for both participants and organizers. This involved studio time for the musicians and recording of demo material. There were also held a drum clinic with world champion in electric drums Baard Kolstad, DIY (Do it Yourself) courses with the band Lucky Malice, PR course with Espen Mentzoni and a concert photography workshop with photographer Kenneth Sporsheim.

Visit our Flickr page to see photos from the Imagine Festival 2013.

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World Youth Choir now  invites new and old singers from around the world to Croatia for rehearsals before they go on tour in Croatia and other Southeast European countries in July 2014. Repertoire this time consists of a ethno inspired piece from Southeast Europe leaded by a Croatian conductor and a more classical choral piece with a conductor from Europe or another part of the world. The details of this will be confirmed at the end of 2013. To read more about the auditions visit World Youth Choir’s informative page right here.

World Youth Choir is owned and operated by Jeunesses Musicales International and Europa Cantat. Auditions have now started and singers from all around the world can start registering and get their audition process going. The audiotions will be going on till December 31th 2013.

Interested singers should contact JMI Norway for necessary information about the auditions.

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