Participating Countries at EBC in Brussels 2015

We have received confirmations from countries that will participate at the next European Blues Challenge in Brussels next March. Here is the list :

1. Germany
2. Spain
3. Norway
4. Italy
5. France
6. Finland
7. Belgium
8. Switzerland
9. Luxemburg
10. Sweden
11. Netherlands
12. Austria
13. Croatia
14. Latvia
15. Slovakia
16. United Kingdom
17. Denmark
18. Hungary
19. Romania
20. Poland

We also recall that the number of participants at the next EBC will still be limited to 20 contestants.

THE BOOK AND BLUES HOUSE AT NOTODDEN

by Big Mama Montse

BOK OG BLUESHUSET 1At the end of January Carme Barrera and I decided to go on an adventure and travel to Notodden, a town in Telemark county in southern Norway. The low temperatures didn’t put us off because we knew blues warmed up the town and good friends were waiting for us there. So we were prepared to take plane, bus or train to Notodden to enjoy the inauguration of the imposing cultural center baptized Bok og Blueshuset, meaning “The Book and Blues House”. One of those responsible is Espen Fjelle, musician and driving force of the early Notodden Blues Festivals, and director of the Europas Blues Senter.

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First European Blues Expo. Tecla Sala Public Library (Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona. Spain)

CartelEuropeanBluesExpoOficialThe 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)
Tel. 00.03.4932602484

SIGULDA BLUES FESTIVAL WEBCAST

Live broadcast from the IV Int’l Sigulda Blues Festival, Latvia. We are webcasting the event for the first time and hope that everything will run smooth. Actually this webcast also may be considered as pilot project for the forthcoming worldwide webcast of the European Blues Challenge, which will take place in April, 11-12, Riga, Latvia.