We have received confirmations from countries that will participate at the next European Blues Challenge in Brussels next March. Here is the list :
16. United Kingdom
We also recall that the number of participants at the next EBC will still be limited to 20 contestants.
Fred & The Healers will represent Belgium at the 4th. European Blues Challenge in Riga. Know more about them at http://www.fred-and-the-healers.be/
The first European Blues Expo will soon open its doors at Tecla Sala Library in Hospitalet de Llobregat in Barcelona. The Expo will be open from 19 September to 31 October. Tecla Sala Library is the official home of the European Blues Union Archives and has a Blues Documentary Fund, promoted by the Barcelona Blues Society and individual people. The goal of the exhibition is to illustrate and advertise the activities organized by the EBU such as the European Blues Challenge and the Blues Market. Artists who have provided their photography for this event are Pertti Nurmi (Finland), Alain Hiot (France), Sylvie Bosc (France), Fred Delforge (France), Roser Infiesta (Spain) and Charlie Hussey (Ireland). There will also be plentiful of audiovisual material produced by the Bad Music Blues TV who have recorded the three editions of the European Blues Challenge and have made special TV programs and radio shows about them. Tecla Sala Library has the logistical support of the Municipality of Hospitalet de Llobregat. The Mayor, Ms. Núria Marín is expected to attend the opening event of the European Blues Expo on 19 September at 19:00 together with some Board members of the EBU. Everybody is invited to attend the opening event and visit the Expo!
BIBLIOTECA CENTRAL TECLA SALA
Fondo de Blues / Blues Documentos Unión Europea
Avda. Josep Tarradellas, 44
08901 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Barcelona (Spain)
Founded in 1981, the french “Cahors blues festival” celebrates its 32 th edition from july 14 h for 7 days and nights of good music and fun : a mix of Blues stars, (among others Lucky Peterson, Royal Southern Brotherwood, Shemekia Copeland, the original Blues brothers band) but also discoveries, a master class, a Spanish afternoon, a contest of emerging talents, a crazy night with bands all over the city outside 13 cafes and restaurants … and the pleasure of local southern food and Cahors wine
Check it at Cahors Blues Festival
Culture In Danger all over Europe
Those days Culture is in danger all over Europe. A new treaty between USA and France is under discussion and EEC support a total liberalization, culture being a “product” like the others
Sacem, the french society of authors, published a magazine in which they take the example of Spain to illustrate what could happen
Already hit hard by the economic crisis, stunned by an increase of 8 to 21% of VAT, the Spanish cultural sector has recently received the “coup de grace” with the killing of private copying, the amount decreased from 115 millions to … 5 million. Importers digital media won in Spain, a first victory in their strategy to dismantle the device in many European countries where it is applied.
Music lovers and artists should react in every country. You can send messages to your society of authors or also sign at the French society of authors site