EFA members join forces in collaboration project “MusMA”

20 September 2010

MusMA”, Music Masters on Air: European Broadcasting Festival, is an international collaboration project of some 10 major European festivals initiated by the Flanders Festival Brussels. MusMA was brought to life in the framework of the project “FestLab for Creativity and Innovation” of the European Festivals Association (EFA) in 2009. On 2/3 September 2010 at the European House of Culture in Brussels, directors from participating festivals held their General Meeting which paved the way for future collaboration in the next three years. MusMa gives selected young composers from seven European countries the opportunity to present themselves on stages abroad. European festivals join forces to develop a platform for this new, unknown contemporary music. Supported by the European Union and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), MusMA aims to promote contemporary classical music as such and to let people discover the diverse sounds of new and innovative classical music. In a press conference organised in the framework of the General Meeting on 2 September, the MusMA project was presented to the public. EFA Secretary General Kathrin Deventer underlined the importance of artistic collaboration beyond borders. Among the participating festivals are: the Festival van Vlaanderen Internationaal Brussel-Europa (Belgium), Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada (Spain), Festival Ljubljana (Slovenia), International Festival Wratislavia Cantans (Poland), Brno International Music Festival (Czech Republic), Estoril Festival / Estoril Music Weeks (Portugal) and International Ankara Music Festival (Turkey). Festivals from Hungary, Italy and Serbia will join soon. The EU funded project includes all in all 9 co-productions all over Europe in 2010/2011 that are broadcasted by different radio stations. The latest MusMA concert, a production of the Polish International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, took place on 16 September 2010 in Brussels: the Polish string quartet ‘Lutoslawski Quartet Wroclaw’ was presented in the framework of the KlaraFestival. Find out more at