Flanders Festival

Flanders Festival

May-November
The Flanders Festival, or Festival van Vlaanderen, is one of the longest and most diverse music festivals in Europe. The season extends from spring to late autumn, with events taking place in eight cities spread over the five Flemish provinces of Belgium. In the medieval city of Bruges, for instance, the festival takes place in August and features baroque and early classical music. In Ghent it includes opera as well as symphonic music. Other cities participating in the festival include Antwerp, Brussels-Leuven, Courtrai, Limburg, Mechelen, and Vlaas-Brabant.
Established in 1958, the Flanders Festival grew out of the Brussels World Fair. The world's most famous performers, opera companies, and ensembles perform—often in more than one city—in settings that range from concert halls to abbeys and stadiums.
CONTACTS:
Flanders Festival
Kasteel Borluut
Kleine Gentstraat 46
Gent, B 9051 Belgium
32-9-243-94-94; fax: 32-9-243-9490
www.festival-van-vlaanderen.be/index.php?id
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 18
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 43
MusFestEurBrit-1980, p. 30
References in periodicals archive ?
Tonight the orchestra performs Britten's War Requiem in Ghent Cathedral as part of the Flanders Festival.
The following day on September 7, the orchestra will again play the Coventry-inspired Britten War Requiem at the Flanders Festival in Ghent Cathedral.
This collection of essays, "an exploration of the musical milieu of Charles V" (the subtitle of Jan Nuchelmans's introduction), was conceived as a companion to a concert series organized by the Flanders Festival in 1999.
The CBSO has just returned from Lucerne, where Sir Simon conducted the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze's Symphony No 10, and on the night of the Arts Ball will be playing at the Klangspuren contemporary musicfestival in Austria, with a performance of Britten's War Requiem to follow in Ghent Cathedral 24 hours later as part of the Flanders Festival.
Look at the website for this year's Flanders Festival, and you will find it is proudly advertising performances by 'world famous stars such as Sakari Oramo and his City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra'.