A NEW NETWORK FOR EUROPE
The idea of a formal pan-European membership network for folk and traditional music and culture was initially prompted by meetings called by Scotland's Burnsong organisation. A series of discussions and meetings with people involved in folk traditions from over 14 European countries led to work on the possible structure and remit of an organisation.
A statement of aims and objectives for a European Folk Network was first defined in meetings in the UK and Belgium and announced in a gathering during the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland, in early 2016.
Since then, several attempts were made to take the idea forward, to raise some basic funding and establish a formal legal structure - and success was achieved in January 2019, when a small group of five of the original pioneers registered the network in Belgium as a legal, not-for-profit association (download the legal statutes here), opened a bank account and raised and contributed enough funds to get plans for the EFN properly under way.
Four of those pioneers formed the initial voluntary Board and steering group for the network, making plans, encouraging people to join as members and building EFN until the first democratic elections for future Board members take place at the end of 2020.
The Board's immediate priority was to plan EFN's first major event - a 2 day conference for members held in Brussels on 28 & 29 November 2019. The conference has provided the basis for future planning.
THE FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS ARE
David Francis (Chair) - Trad Music Forum, Scotland
Katy Spicer (Vice-Chair) - EFDSS, England
Melanie Schey - Belgium (now retired from the Board)
Danny KilBride (Secretary) - Trac Cymru - Wales
Lize Colson - VI.BE (formerly Poppunt) - Belgium
Veronika Kalina - Hungarian Heritage House (Hugngary)
Daina Zalane - Lauska (Latvia)
The Board have asked Nod Knowles to act for the time being as Network Administrator
EUROPEAN FOLK NETWORK
Registered in the judicial district of Brussels on 17 January 2019 as a not-for-profit association Registration number 0718 789 695.
Registered office: Bloemenstraat 32, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.