European Youth Music Festival a keeper

30th April 2013, Comments 0 comments

This week 3 400 young musicians from Europe, the Far East and North Africa will descend on the Limburg municipality of Neerpelt for the European Youth Music Festival EMJ. This 61st edition of the festival running from 3 to 6 May will entertain audiences with fanfares, brass bands and orchestras. An estimated 600 volunteers are involved in the organization and an international jury will award prizes at the end of the run. The fact that the festival continues to live up to its name as a meeting place for the young set has not gone unnoticed by minister of cultural affairs Joke Schauvliege CD&V, who awarded the EMJ the Culture Prize for Amateur Arts last weekend, a distinction worth 2 500 euros. “It’s an understatement to say the festival has a rock-hard reputation,” the jury says in its report. “The youth can make music together, sing and fraternize across all borders and ideologies. This merging is even more important than the excellent standard of the competition.”

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