📢 “MusicAIRE project highlights” is back to showcase the 45TH project, supported by MusicAIRE “European Folk Day – Pilot Project (Acronym: EFN – EFD)”, organised by European Folk Network.
The overarching objective is to coordinate, support and publicise the full extent of activities as a pilot of the first ever European Folk Day, an initiative proposed by EFN’s 132 members from 27 European nations. The Folk Day aims to harness traditional music and arts activity across Europe – from grassroots communities to national organisations – in a way that is only possible European Folk Day – pilot project EFN-EFD 20 through the emerging pan-European network and with the use of available digital communication technology – to raise awareness and profile of this essential element of European cultural identity and diversity with the general public and policy makers.
EFN and its supporting members have already worked to raise awareness of the concept in the sector, recruiting participants and encouraging creative participation at every level. Practical support and coordination in this pilot will indicate the full range of activity across Europe and demonstrate the prevalence and critical mass of traditional arts in European societies.
Coverage for Folk Day activities will be achieved at local, national and pan-European level by participants working on their own local and national contacts, digital and social media channels, coordinating and cross- linking with EFN’s PR and marketing at European level. Through this manifestation of music and arts activities, taking place simultaneously across Europe, traditional artists, communities and organisations will experience visible collective solidarity, dispelling the debilitating isolation brought on by the pandemic.
The Folk Day will engender self-confidence in the sector and determination to prove its importance and value through collective action and advocacy. EFN has a unique role as facilitator and will make a significant impact on public awareness by coordinating the European added value of the inaugural Folk Day whilst gaining information, contact, knowledge and experience to apply to the development of the network and the Folk Day in future years.