Festivals for Compassion

Flanders Festival takes part in Festivals for Compassion with a new piece of Frederik Neyrinck

In its almost six decades of existence, Flanders Festival has been committed to a society where classical and contemporary music lives and buzzes. Every year, eight festivals with an international image (in Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Kortrijk, Limburg, Mechelen / Kempen and Flemish Brabant) develop their own activities in completely unique ways. We share the passion of young and renowned artists, the resolute choice for quality, the urge to experience culture with everyone and the love for the arts and musical heritage tout court. Our motive is to bring music in all its forms and shapes to a growing and diverse audience. Our eight Festivals annually represent no fewer than 400 concerts, 150 000 visitors and 4000 Flemish and international artist.

On 21 June, Flanders Festival will contribute to Festivals for Compassion, a project initiated by Wonderfeel (NL). With Festivals for Compassion festivals around Europe express their solidarity in these times of Corona by presenting a new solo composition by the Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki. Each festival selects their own artist and instrument. So far, 39 festivals will take part. The piece will be premiered on the Dutch NPO Radio 4 on 20 June, with the Flemish Klara taking over the next day. After this, like a relay race of compassion, the work will begin its journey through Europe travelling from festival to festival, and will be shared online. See also www.festivalsforcompassion.com.

Moreover, Flanders Festival takes the initiative to realize Festivals for Compassion in its own country with work by a Flemish composer: Frederik Neyrinck (° 1985) has been commissioned for a new work "Echo de Clèves". This consists of eight variations on the same theme, eight works for eight festivals. They will have their digital premiere on June 21 in Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Kortrijk, Limburg, Mechelen and Leuven. Each recording will appear on this page and on the website of each festival.