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Press release : The European Musicfestival for young people...Europe's musical heart

Neerpelt – The EMY starts off this week: from April 27 until May 2 the European Music Festival for Young People in Neerpelt will be the musical heart for children and youth choirs.

60th Music Festival 2012

Diamont edition
Since 60 years, groups from all over Europe and beyond come to Neerpelt to participate in the European Music Festival for Young People. This annual musical feast is alternately organized for choirs and for instrumental ensembles. Each year, thousands of  young people render the colourful and flag-brightened streets of Neerpelt an international atmosphere of fraternisation. Apart from the jury performances evaluated by an international jury, the public can enjoy all kinds of happenings and evening concerts. The absolute peak are the proclamations and the laureate concerts, performed by the best groups of the day. Read more.

The 60th EMY in figures
Next weekend, 86 choirs from 23 countries are travelling to Neerpelt. They come from all over Europe, but even beyond, from China and South-Africa. The dazzling total of kilometres all these choirs cover to get to the festival is enough to travel more than 4 times around the earth.  Read more.

Compulsory songs and composers  
On the occasion of vocal festivals, the organising committee has – since 1960 – charged mainly Flemish composers with the task to write compulsory songs for all participating choirs in the various categories. In 1994 exactly 100 compositions had been created. Today,  there are 154. Read more.

Children’s choirs and youth choirs from various nationalities jointly make music under the expertise of Flemish conductors. They get to know the Flemish choral repertory and they can exchange their most beautiful works   Read more.

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Leon Houben,
EMJ Presss & Communication
0479 81 59 03
or the festivals secretary +32 11 66 23 39

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Europees Muziekfestival voor de Jeugd vzw
Toekomstlaan 7 bus 2
3910 Neerpelt
tel +32 11 662 339


President Jan Coninx - Rutger Nuyts
Staff : Chris Hermans, Nadine Vanderstukken

Press : Leon Houben

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