Hungary-Norway world music exchange and training program, focusing on Roma and Sami artists

Project facts

Project promoter
Forum for Folk Art Fund
Project Number:
HU07-0060
Target groups
Young adults
Status:
Completed
Initial project cost:
€173,497
Final project cost:
€173,176
From EEA Grants:
€ 132,303
The project is carried out in:
Budapest

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Description

In the framework of the EEA Grants this project concentrates on the world music scene, training and minorities. Why world music? Because it is a perfect vehicle of communication between cultures where each culture can be proud of its musical heritage as cultural forte. The differences and the similarities between the two musical heritages create an ideal mix for cross-cultural communication. The project will invite artists and professionals from Norway (and possibly Iceland) to the World Music Festival organized by the applicant and MüPa (Palace of Arts) in Budapest in Fall 2016. As a part of this major festival 2-3 artists (bands), including at least one Sami artist, would be invited to showcase on the MüPa’s festival stages. Study tour of a group of Hungarian professionals in Norway on the occasion of our partner’s main event, the Oslo World Music festival. This would include professional meetings with festival organizers, publishers, the Norway music export agency, and media representatives. A presentation of the Hungarian world music scene and speed meetings between the toe countries world music professionals and artists would also be happening. The artists would be selected through an open application process to find the ones who are committed to the concept of cultural exchange and see artistic potential in the Norwegian connections. The applicants, again, would be selected in cooperation with the Norwegian donor partners (Nedland Kultur and Oslo World Music Festival).

Summary of project results

World music is a perfect vehicle of communication between two cultures The differences and the similarities between the two musical heritages (Hungarian and Norwegian) create an ideal mix for the cross-cultural communication. Cross-cultural bridges between the two countries opened ways to more cultural exchange, development, identities, tourism and economy. The programme was built on three elements: 1, Invitation of artists from Norway, which was the first encounter with Norwegian artists. As a side event of the festival, a workshop of Norwegian and Hungarian professionals was held. 2, Study tour for Hungarian professionals in Norway on the occasion of the project partner’s main event, the Oslo World Music festival. This included professional meetings with festival organizers, publishers, the Norway music export agency, and media representatives. 3, Workshop of Sami and Roma musicians. At the core of project was the exchange between Sami and Roma artists. They shared a lot of issues – communities without a nationality, former nomadic lifestyles that were forced to settle down, musical heritage as a main vehicle of maintaining the identity, distinct language, cross-border groups. Collaboration between Roma and Sami musicians was strongly encouraged. Altogether there were 40 professionals involved in the 6 events / workshops carried out during project implementation.

Summary of bilateral results

1, Invitation of artists and professionals from Norway to the World Music Festival organized by the project promoter and MüPa (Palace of Arts) in Budapest in fall 2016. As a part of this major festival 2-3 artists (bands) were invited to showcase on the MüPa’s festival stages. As a side event of the festival, a workshop of Norwegian and Hungarian professionals was held where artists from both countries shared experience. In the framework of the same event, 4-5 professional delegates from major festivals and music media professionals were invited to meet Hungarian counterparts, eg. representatives of partner festivals like Alexandra Archetti Stolen (Oslo World Music Festival), Sigbjorn Nedland, world and folk music editor of Norwegian Radio, Norway Music Export representative. 2, Study tour of a group of Hungarian professionals in Norway on the occasion of the partner’s main event, the Oslo World Music festival. This included professional meetings with festival organizers, publishers, the Norway music export agency, and media representatives.