Big Music for Small Cities project: yesterday, today, tomorrow
Unlike traditional online working meetings, on September 2, colleagues of the Big Music for Small Cities’ project from the Russian and Finnish sides, in addition to discussing current work issues, summed up the results so far and outlined a number of strategic tasks.
More than seven months have passed since the launch of the project. During this time a close-knit team has been formed, a working process has been lined up, the project has become visually recognizable and arouses strong interest from creative people and organizations. The number of subscribers of the project groups on social networks is gradually growing. The partner network is expanding. The plans have been implemented to purchase sound recording and projection equipment necessary for the project creative ideas for the coming year. It is especially valuable that the project involves professionals who hold leading positions in their field of activity. These are outstanding contemporary composers and experts in the field of festival activities from Russia and Finland.
Pandemic limitations and some technical hindrance did not prevent the first public event of the project from taking place. The discussion panel for art festivals was held, as a result of which participants were able not only to get to know each other better, but also to look at their work from a new angle.
The project team is currently preparing the working sessions for festivals and expert sessions for musicians in Finland and Russia. Work is underway on a joint music program and the formation of a strategy for the development of festival activities in the border areas. Finnish partners are also working on rebranding for the Joensuu Winter Music Festival.
The project is moving along the intended path to achieve its goals, despite the existing limitations.
The project team is grateful to the Cross-Border Cooperation Program “Karelia”, the partners, the experts, the participants and those who are interested in the project and share information about it with their colleagues. The most important task of the project is to be useful for the professionals, to make the life of people in the border region brighter and more interesting!