MOST is lucky to count no less than 20 amazing world music festivals participating in the Festival Exchange pillar. In this pillar of the program we offer mentorship and network-building opportunities by pairing up 10 world music festivals from the Balkan region (from any of our 9 target countries) with 10 festivals from the rest of Europe. The festival pairs will receive financial support as we help with mentoring and facilitation of artist exchanges, festival visits, and more.

After the kick-off Zoom last summer, due to the many problems created by the pandemic and related travel restrictions, we have decided to grant more time for the first round of the Festival Exchange participants.

This is why it was such great news to finally have our season opening Zoom session where each pair updated the pillar participants how their exchange is going so far and what their plans are for this season and 2022 as well – many have made significant progress, while others are still in the COVID-limbo as health concerns are not easing everywhere at the same pace. However, it was encouraging to hear everyone’s positive attitude and see that there will be exchanges happening this season as well.

In case you missed it: in the first round of the Festival Exchange pillar we welcomed small and big scale events from Spain, Poland, Finland, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, North Macedonia, Cyprus, Italy, and Romania. Do check out these incredible events – some of them, like the Croatian Kamicak Ethno Fest take place in ancient places, such as castles and fortresses, while others, like the Italian Adriatico Mediterraneo are right by the sea!


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