The first European Folk Day took place on
Saturday 23 September 2023
the day of the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.
And it arrived in style!
The first ever pan-European celebration of folk music, dance and storytelling arrived in September - with artists, promoters, communities and individuals all celebrating the glorious and diverse traditions of the people of Europe. The members of the European Folk Network and all the contributors can take pride in this remarkable achievement!
You made it possible, you made it happen!
It's by you, for you, by us, for us, for everyone!
Let's celebrate the 226 events in 32 countries, 104 tracks on the Music Repository from 28 countries, 26 radio stations (European Broadcasting Union members) - all showing the world just how much the folk arts mean to our nations and communities.
Click on the map here to see who did what and where all around Europe. Go to the European Folk Day website to get more info and hear tracks on the Music Repository.
If you were involved, send us photos, videos, post son your website and social media - use the logo, use the hashtag #EuropeanFolkDay - we had fun so let's tell the world!
From grassroots communities to national organisations, from individual musicians to companies involved in traditional arts at any level: the
European Folk Day is by you, for you, for us….
Participation was open to any individual, band, institution, company, community, workshop, local group - indeed anyone wanting to join in, with an activity related to folk music, dance or storytelling, either on-site or online.
Take a look at the map of Europe which has been covered with examples of participation in the European Folk Day
People and organisations join us in the European Folk Day to highlight the value of the traditional arts. We said "Get involved! Register your participation on the European Folk Day website which also has Resources for you to use and FAQs to answer questions and suggest ideas." And they did!
Whoever you are, whatever you do, there is always a way for you to enjoy the European Folk Day.
A full report on the scope and achivements of the Day will be written and posted here soon.
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To keep in touch with what's happening
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN BEING INVOLVED HERE
and we'll keep you well informed in the coming weeks
The European Folk Day is a pilot project co-ordinated by European Folk Network (EFN) with financial support from the MusicAIRE project jointly organised by the European Music Council and Inova with funds from the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.