Budapest Ritmo already achieved a record high attendance last year, and in 2023 interested parties can visit again, where, among other things, Icelandic pop, cumbia or Balkan ethno jazz will delight the ears.
Since 2016, Budapest Ritmo has been a unique highlight of the Hungarian festival offer – last year’s Ritmo saw a full house for the concert of Malian world stars Amadou and Mariam, and last year we presented the groundbreaking Hungarian directorial musical films created for the festival’s competition here – Дeva: In Lumine directed by Bajor Marcell, and the Uljana Quartet directed by Anna Korom – the films can be seen at Cinego.
Open your ears!
On Thursday, the free showcase stage in the Szimpla Kert, and on Friday and Saturday the indoor and outdoor venues of Erzsébet tér open the door to world music. Passes are already available for purchase, and even this year the PRO pass for the profession is also available, which, in addition to festival programs, gives access to the professional conference and private networking events, as well as access to the contact list of the professional delegation.
Ritmo is not only an innovator in the field of formations: the Budapest Ritmo Showcase has long hosted young musicians and new bands who are the most exciting up-and-coming players in world and folk music internationally.
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You can already apply for the Budapest Ritmo Showcase program, a deadline December 21, 2022 midnight. Hungarian (domestic and cross-border) and regional (countries neighboring Hungary, the Western Balkans and Baltic states, as well as nations participating in the Visegrad Cooperation and the Eastern Partnership) world musicians and formations playing world music can apply for the tender. Among the applicants, the professional jury will select the best, who will be able to show what they know in front of an international professional audience on April 13, 2023 in Szimpla Kert.
Many people do not know the genre of showcase festivals, even though they play an invaluable role in introducing talented musicians and bands. Showcase concerts are usually shorter, they provide opportunities for the performers selected by the jury to show the best of their music. The showcase festival ensures that the concert is heard by as many domestic and international professionals as possible, who can form an opinion about the band based on the concert.
The Budapest Ritmo Showcase is therefore a huge opportunity for up-and-coming musicians – we know of more than one band whose performance at Ritmo brought them international recognition, such as last year’s Times New Román, Simon Broughton, and Songlines magazine, based on the concert. changed. its editor-in-chief wrote a laudatory review. Admission to the Budapest Ritmo Showcase stage in the Szimpla Kert is free for everyone, the competition concerts are 40 minutes long.
The Budapest Ritmo Showcase program is supported by UPBEAT, the first Hungarian-led Creative Europe platform project. UPBEAT is a support program for up-and-coming performers designated by the European world music showcase festivals, which, led by the Hungarian Hangvető, counts 14 European festivals among its members, including Tallinn Music Week, WOMEX and Waves Vienna.
Hear a miracle!
The essence of Budapest Ritmo is musical discovery – that ecstatic state in which an unexpected experience, a perfect sound, an unknown rhythm almost jumps out of you. Step out of your musical comfort zone and find your new favorite performer in the Budapest Ritmo lineup!
But what is world music? It is perhaps the simplest to say that it is a common name for musical styles that are based on the musical traditions of the peoples of the world. Manu Chao, Amadou and Mariam, Liraz, Altin Gün, or among the Hungarians Deva, Dalinda, Miklós de Lukács and Mihály Dresch – the world music palette is wide and exciting, discover your new favorite at Ritmo!
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