Antwerp, Belgium – The International Europeade Committeeand their technical teamwill present Europeade 2020 – Together Virtually, a virtual gathering of more than 200 folk dance groups featuring 5000 dancers, musicians and singers from all over Europe, taking place August 5th to 9th, 2020.
Since 1964, the Europeade has gathered thousands of folk dancers and musicians from the whole of Europe in its rotating festival held in 34 different cities in more than 20 countries in Europe every summer. The Europeade, member of “Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe”, is the biggest gathering of folk dancing on the continent, taking place every year in July or August in a different city, in a different country in order to become closer to the cultural diversity of Europe. It is important to note that, in spite of its wide European participation (22 countries involved in the 2019 edition) and its important role in the defense of local cultures and traditions, the organization receives no financial support apart from the host cities and the fees paid by the individual participants.
The 2020 Europeade will appear online instead of the real one, originally planned in the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda for the 57th time and cancelled, in its live version due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Europeade is a moment we all wait for” says Rüdiger Heß, president of the International Europeade Committee and mayor of the city of Frankenberg (Eder) in Germany “because it allows us to show and share our traditions with the rest of Europe, meet other traditions, make new friends every year and live 5 days of fun”.
“Unity in diversity” is the slogan of the Europeade. We are happy to make this message accessible to all through our website www.europeade.eu and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/europeade.eu. More information awaits you there.