Music and Memory and Danube Music Festival are pleased to announce the end of the first competition for young artists ‘Music and Memory’ within the Festival. The competition was attended by 46 young artists who applied with essays and analysis related to the motto of the Festival ‘Music – the live memory of Europe’. An international jury determined the eight scholars who won the competition:

Cvetelin Andreev (26 years old, Gabrovo, Bulgaria),  ‘Rhodopean music and memory’

Iskren Velikov (25 years old, Ruse, Bulgaria), ‘The rhythm of menace’

Tereza Venkova (17 years old, Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria), ‘Music through the eyes of ‘a land full of good’

Krum Aluminov (26 years old, Bachevo, Gemeinde Razlog, Bulgaria), ‘The song is life and life is a song’

Pavel Mihaylov (18 years old, Varna, Bulgaria), ‘The ancetors` source’

Hristina Angelova (24 years old, Sofia, Bulgaria), ‘The magic of the gaida’

Georgina Cammalleri (23 years old, London, England),‘A world of bagpipes‘

Mina Kanto (29 years old, Brussels, Belgium), ‘America, a reservoir of music mixed‘

According to the regulation of the competition, they receive the right to participate in one of the two parts of the Danube Music Festival. The Festival will provide them an access to the concerts and the art studios and will take their costs during their six-day stay on the ship-scene.

Interview Zlatina Rousseva for Brussels Unlimited Magazine

Music and memory
organised by
the Danube Music Festival –“Against the stream”
and the project “Art Compagnonnage”

The Rules

1. The competition is open to anyone who is interested in music at a professional or amateur level, born after 01.03.1980 and currently resident in one of the 27 countries of the EU.

2. Theme : Music and Memory - Music as the living memory of Europe and reflection of the relationships of its peoples. The idea is to explain through practical examples :

• How the history, the migrations, the conflicts, the conquests and the fusion between peoples has left its mark on music.
• How different people (including non-european ones), have influenced and registered the evolution of european music.
• How different ethnicities and minorities have preserved their identity in their music.

3. The topic must be presented as an essay or an analysis of a practical example on ‘music as living memory of people’ (max. 4 printed pages).

4. You may supplement the text with photos and sound or audiovisual recordings.

5. The texts must be written in English. The text, a CV of the applicant and all supporting materials must not be sent any later than midnight on the 14.02.2010 to:

6. Selection criteria : Projects will be assessed by an International Jury based on the following criteria:

• Originality (1-10)
• Spirit of investigation and of discovery (1-10)
• depth and quality of the research (1-10)
• Practical examples (1-10)
• Additional material; photos, sound or audiovisual recordings that complete and reinforce the developed ideas. (1-10)

7. Results will be announced at the latest on the 22nd February 2010 on the Festival website and an e-mail will be sent to the winners.

8. Awards – the best eight participants, chosen from the results will have the chance to take part in the first and second part of the festival. The authors and their projects will appear at the festival sites. The Festival Organisation will cover their expenses – hotel (6 nights) and food on the boat. They will have the opportunity to attend all the concerts and to present their work to all the participants. The festival does not cover any expenses incurred in arriving at the boat.

For all other information about the Festival, the programme, the boat route and the loading ports contact us

The deadline for postal entries is on the 12th February 2010 to this address:

Danube Music Festival
Competition Music & Memory
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231, rue Royale Ste Marie
B-1050 Brussels




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