Great success for Tønder Festival and Folk Spot Denmark 2014!

By Danish Roots |

On the weekend 28th – 31st of August, ROSA (Danish Rock Council) and Tønder Festival, supported by DJBFA (Danish Songwriters and Composers), proudly presented eight Danish roots and folk music bands at the showcase, “Folk Spot Denmark 2014″, during the 40th Tønder Festival. Both the festival and Folk Spot Denmark turned out to be a huge success with beautiful late summer weather (interrupted by a few showers now and then), lots of great music and an absolutely dedicated audience.

Tønder Festival ended up selling tickets and camping facilities for about than 1,5 million Euroes, and Folk Spot Denmark had full house for two nights concerts in a row. Both results to be very proud of!

The exclusive Folk Spot Denmark concerts took place in The Old Mill (“Visemøllen”), where Tønder Festival was started 40 years ago, in 1974, and they were seen and enjoyed by about 40 delegates from the international music industry, as well as quite a large number of Danish folk music enthusiasts. The international guest came from countries like Norway, Germany, Belgium, Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and The US, and they were entertained by Himmerland, Basco, Dreamers’ Circus, Habadekuk, Jens Lysdal, Jensen & Bugge, Rannok and Trolska Polska.

Tønder Festival was celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year, and they did that together with about 10.000 musicians, officials, volunteers, and paying guests. During the festival it was announced that Maria Theessink will take over the job as Artistic Director, and that Kirstine Uhrbrand will take over the job as Executive Director (CEO). Stig Bang-Mortensen, Chairman of the board of directors of Tønder Festival, says:

“This year is special because we are celebrating our 40th anniversary, and today we see the results of Mr. Carsten Panduro’s 40 years old vision. Carsten has been ensuring the high artistic level, and the huge respect that the festival has earned internationally. It all started “on the top of an up-side-down beer crate”, and today, 40 years later, Tønder Festival is a cultural light house with an economy so large, that we have to look at the festival as a company as well as well as a cultural institution. We have engaged two new people in our management, Maria Theessink as artistic director, and Kirstine Uhrbrand as CEO. This goes from the 1st of October 2014, and we are now starting up again on a great and solid basis, that we can build on. Together we are going to work hard to create an even better Tønder Festival, and I am very much looking forward to be able to invite to our 50th birthday in 10 years time!”

All the Folk Spot concerts was recorded live and extracts of the concerts will be broadcasted by local as well as country wide radio stations in countries like Denmark (www.radiofolk.dk), Scotland (Celtic Music Radio), Norway (NRK), The US, and more to be announced.

(Photo by Bart Vanoutrive: Tønder Festival seen by daytime from the old water tower)

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