What if the future of music came from the Far North? There is no doubt that Nordic and Finnish musicians play an important role in the international music scene. Every category has a Nordic touch : vocal and instrumental music, metal, traditional and contemporary music, and jazz.
Unlike here in the South, there are no fixed boundaries between musical languages in the North. Every musical genre finds its place between tradition and modernity, fusing into a fertile synergy without losing its own character. This is one of the cultural strengths of the Nordic countries.
Festival Musiq’3 invites you to its 8th edition to challenge your boundaries, to shake off glaring preconceptions and open yourself up to new, enriching discoveries. Flagey, le Marni and Ter Kameren Abbey will be hosting a drove of Nordic musicians.
In a first for Belgium, the Helsinki Chamber Choir will perform Vigilia by Einojuhani Rautavaara. Olli Mustonen will be accompanied by the very best for the debut performance of his keyboard quintet in Brussels. We will also meet the great jazz pianist Iiro Rantala, the brilliant accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and many others.
The flights from the Far North may be fully booked between 29 June and 1 July, the party would not be complete with our favourite, regular festival musicians: Vassilena Serafimova and Thomas Enhco, the Kheops and Oxalys ensembles, the Brussels Philharmonic, Olga Paschenko, Lorenzo Gatto, Edgar Moreau and last but not least our Festival orchestra with Shirly Laub.
For children, An Pierlé returns with her performance Slumberland and there will be screenings of Nordic cartoons with music performed by Johan Dupont’s ensemble as well as many other surprises!
Finally, we will be commemorating three anniversaries in 2018: the centenary of Stravinsky’s Histoire du soldat, the centenary of Claude Debussy’s death and….the 70th anniversary of our conductor Guy Van Waas! Nothing but fine people!
From 29 June to 1 July, the Festival Musiq’3 team invites you to spend three exhilarating days filled with music by almost 300 musicians performing over 50 concerts and various other events. Come listen and enjoy!
Blog post of January 2019: In 2018, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux’s programme focused on Transition. In 2019, our theme is RE/definitions.
For some years now, I have tried to live my life with this principle in mind: because everything around us is constantly in transition, almost anything can become a reality. By this I mean our fears as well as opportunities, both the positive and negative ways of thinking about the future of our world. Personally, I would like to believe that we are capable of moving towards a better tomorrow, even if reality as filtered through our daily newsfeed often seems to contradict this.
Blog post of December 2018: How did you wake up this morning? Maybe to an alarm on your cell phone? What was your first thought? For many of us it’s “Can I sleep for another half hour?”. And, what was your last thought of the evening? Maybe you thought about whether you could watch just one more episode on your streaming service or whether it was really time for you to go to sleep. In fact, it is likely that these were the first and last risk management decisions of your day. Each of one us makes hundreds of risk management decisions whether we are at home, in our free time, or at work. Do you know the kinds of risks you are taking while navigating the digital world in our everyday life?
Blog post of May 2018: For several years, this small international festival has been experimenting with new curatorial practices in a fierce and open way. The festival distinguishes itself by introducing co-curating, by politicising curatorship, and by rethinking the international. Baltic Circle hereby positions itself as a forerunner and is an ideal ground to visit with students who are themselves operating in the field of “expanding curation”. Three students, their tutor (Lara Staal, independent curator and publicist) and artistic director of DAS Theatre Barbara Van Lindt visited the festival and proposed some moments of exchange. In January we invited artistic director of the Festival Satu Herrala to visit us, and engage in a conversation where we reflected upon our visit (and already anticipated a next visit, in the autumn of 2018…)
Blog post of April 2018: Less than two months ago I moved from Tokyo to Brussels, straight into the heart of Europe and the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux’s great programming for 2018! We have our excellent previous Director Aleksi Malmberg to thank for carrying out the preparations for the start of the year, as well as our amazing team, with whom I now have the privilege of adding new initiatives and ideas to the programme.
Blog post of February 2018: “Okay, so there’s nothing here on the Sami people”, I noticed at the end of an introductory tour of the House of European History. I was visiting the relatively new House of European History at the beginning of February as part of a group of twenty odd individuals involved in the Remembering 1918 programme. Each one of us had the task that day of leading our own public tours of the House of European History. After the introductory tour, we were given a few hours to prepare to offer our own views on the museum’s exhibition which deals with European history.
Blog post of January 2018: “Last autumn, my colleague Timo Wright and I sat down for a cup of coffee in Helsinki’s city centre. Our gallery, Unknown Cargo, had not seen any major activities for about year now and we were both itching to start a new project. Timo had been toying with the idea of running some kind of residency programme for a while and brought it up again. The idea appealed to me immediately and that meeting became the beginning of Artist Residency Swap, or ARS. ‘ARS’ was used at first only as a working title, but we grew to like it so much that it became the final project name.”