📢 “MusicAIRE project highlights” is back to showcase the 47TH project, supported by MusicAIRE “Sounds of the Free Breeze (Outdoor Concerts and Masterclasses” (Acronym: FreeSounds), organised by Varna Municipality, Culture Directorate, Varna Summer International Music Festival.
The project FreeSounds is a cultural initiative for development of open-air music events on unconventional temporary open-air scenes to strengthen the connection between culture – nature – people. The project is focused on two main strands. It raises the awareness of the importance of music for individuals’ well-being and mental health, social cohesion and inclusion. The concerts will be performed by young emerging musicians from different European countries, who will participate in a mentoring program as part of Varna Summer International Music Festival in partnership with International Music Academy Orpheus Vienna.
Through the project FreeSounds, the team of Varna Summer Festival will bring music outside the concert halls, to remind us that music can re-connect, can bring joy and positive emotions and is necessary for the well-being of all people. We will concentrate on three different locations in the city – each of them selected for a special reason. The concerts’ content will be interrelated with an international mentoring program, implemented by our main partner in this project – International Music Academy Orpheus Vienna. 10 selected young performers from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Japan, USA will participate in the mentoring program, mastered by 6 internationally-renown lectors.
Varna Summer International Music Festival is the oldest festival in Bulgaria, with almost 100 years of history. For our country and for our region it is a special project exploring new possibilities for audience development and open-air concerts, contributing at the same time to the professional development of young emerging artists. That is why we estimated costs in the budget also for e-readers for music scores and electric piano – things that our festival has never possessed, but are so needed for a professional open-air concert. Based on the results achieved through the project, we will continue to develop similar initiatives every year as part of the festival program.