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Maria Silvennoinen & Raisa Siivola 

Finnish Jazz And Folk In The Key Of Green


While the pandemic put almost all live events to a halt, it also gave time to restructure our values and take steps to improve the resilience of the jazz and folk music community in the future. To ensure the welfare of the marginalized art itself and the professionals working in the branch, the whole industry must strive towards more sustainable practices and structures. 

Jazz Finland as an organization, wants to be at the vanguard of change. In 2020–2021 Jazz Finland coordinated a pilot project, titled Nordic Jazz Comets, where Nordic jazz clubs and festivals and jazz ensembles pulled together to study and promote greener touring and events. In 2022–2023 the project continues, with a focus on the local communities and social justice. 

Miklós Both

Folk Music Education for Future Generations


Folk_ME - Folk Music Education for Future Generations is an innovative education project, which targets public education. The project’s main output is a newly developed digital toolkit, which can integrate traditions into a wider context creatively in high school education, by which the project gives a solution to save disappearing European folk heritage inspired by the Polyphony Project’s research and online archive. The methodology integrates international educational approaches to help the toolkits extensively wide usage. Partners: Polyphony Project (HU) Hungarian Heritage House (HU), Research Centre for the Humanities, Institute for Musicology (HU)

Soma Salamon

Embracing tradition, theory, and practice: the first 50 years of Táncház


The long-time recognized, Táncház movement, along with the related UNESCO-labeled method of revival, celebrates the 50th anniversary of its outset in 2022. No doubt, this past half century can be considered as a great succes story, regarding the efficient grafting of traditional music and dance into urban enviroment as an actualized form of entertrainment. In my paper, my aim is to underline the unique academic fundaments of the Hungarian revival and to introduce the international context of the táncház. I also attempt to interpret and evaluate some of its peculiar phenomena, especially regarding the rural-to-urban transmisson within the movement.

Tom Bestford

The Future for Audiences - In Person and Online

Devastation can be a driver of innovation; the past two years has seen digital and online audiences play a vital role in enabling musicians to continue to perform live music. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, what is the future for our audiences who have migrated into a digital realm? Is digital here to stay? Will audiences return in full to in person live music? Tom has delivered a range of online activity throughout the pandemic, now he reflects and considers the future of our online and in person audiences within specialist genres such as folk music.

András Lelkes

MOST, Bridge for Balkan music


The mission of MOST is to boost the music market of the Balkans, by connecting and supporting actors of the world music scene; artists, managers, festivals and institutions. MOST builds a bridge connecting the Balkans and the global music market, a bridge made up of personal connections, experience and exchange.

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