12th European Orchestra Festival 2021 in Plovdiv

Irish youth and amateur orchestras are invited to attend the European Orchestra Federation’s 12th European Orchestra Festival taking place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from 12 – 16 May 2021.

The Festival has a range of workshops, concerts and performances for the participating musicians and orchestras.

Registration for the Festival is open until 1 October 2020.

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The concept of the European Orchestra Festival is based on inclusion and participation. Therefore all participating musicians register for a workshop.

The fee for attending the festival is €360 per adult (in a double room) and €290 for under 25s (in shared bedrooms). There is an additional fee of €80 for those who require a single room.

The participation fee includes:

  • All concerts;
  • All workshops;
  • Hotel accommodation from May 12 to May 16, 2021 (4 nights);
  • Breakfast at the hotel;
  • Opening and closing ceremonies both with dinner buffet (13 and 15 May);
  • Lunch each day from 13 – 15 May 2021;
  • Local transportation during the festival;
  • Airport transfers from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv and back.

You can find out more about the costs and fees here.

Instrument rentals
All orchestras attending the festival are expected to bring their own instruments. However, the festival will be able to provide instruments for hire for instruments that are difficult or expensive to transport. For example, double bass, timpani, percussion and possibly other special instruments can be made available for the fee (fee TBC). There will be a limited number of instruments available.

Option for a post-festival concert tour to Varna

If you wish, there is the possibility for orchestras to extend their tour and perform concerts in Varna, a town on the coast of the Black Sea, 375km from Plovdiv from 16 – 19 May 2021. The Festival organisation will organise concerts in venues in Varna along with accommodation, meals, transport and excursions.

If you are interested in this option, please let the Festival organisation know by 15 July 2020.

You can read more about the Festival, workshops, concerts and participation at orchestrafestival.eu.

IAYO feel that these Festivals are a very good opportunity for youth orchestras to travel at a relatively affordable rate and to meet and perform with musicians from across Europe.