Intermission Tune 2016

This year’s interval signal, which once again would make a very classy ring tone, is now available for download. It’s by piano player Harold López-Nussa, an excerpt from his track ‘Guajira’. Guajira is a typical Cuban style of peasant music originating in the country’s rural areas. Over time it developed into a danceable mix of Son music and the original Guajira style.
You can listen to the interval tune here.


Females rule the blog

Following last week’s features about Carolin Pook (in German) and Carla Kihlstedt we posted another piece about a female artist today: Martin Longley about the duo Kaja Draksler and Susana Santos Silva. The next post will be a feature by Franziska Buhre about the Vienna based singer Maja Osojnik.


International Delegation visiting Moers Festival 2016 at the Invitation of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs

An international delegation of 18 experts from five different continents will visit Moers Festival 2016, accepting the joint invitation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin and the Goethe-Institut Munich. A visit at Moers Festival is both a great incentive and the final highlight at the end of their one-week-trip themed ‘Music from Germany – Musical Homeland Germany’. Prior to the festival, the delegation is scheduled to visit the ‘Haus der Kulturen der Welt’ in Berlin, the ‘Popakademie Mannheim’ and more. This delegation, comprised of festival directors and journalists, will come to Moers on Friday, 13 May and stay in town for three days.

Read more in the press release


moers blog reactivated

We reactivated our moers festival blog at Easter time. This is where we will post interesting articles about anything concerning the festival programme. Our writers have been hard at work. The result: The first two blog articles are online. Martin Longley had a chat with Amok Amor’s bass player Petter Eldh about how the band got together, and about their upcoming gig in Moers. Karl Lippegaus dedicated his article to the Belgian Jozef Dumoulin and his relationship with his Fender Rhodes. Tomorrow, we will post a piece by Franziska Buhre about Subway Jazz Orchestra and the Big Band scene in Germany.

Go to moers festival blog here. (partly in German)


VIP tickets

Novelty! For the first time, we offer VIP tickets this year. The VIP ticket includes entry to the festival on all four festival days, three nights accommodation at the designated festival hotel (Friday to Monday*). Additionally, the VIP ticket will give you access to the media area (with free WiFi) and allows you to use the shuttle bus which runs once an hour between the Festival Hall and the festival hotel, free of charge.

read more in our latest newsletter


We have great news:

moers festival 2016 will take place as planned, just like we thought it would.

Concern about the festival’s financial situation arose after the new CEO reevaluated the figures. Last night, the city of Moers signed a guarantee agreement and thereby fulfilled the new CEO’s condition to go ahead with moers festival 2016. Time will show to what extent the CEO’s financial assessment was correct.

Unfortunately, we lost precious time to advertise for the festival due to the uncertainties in these past weeks. Therefore we now need your help with advertising for our festival! Please support us now by raising awareness of the festival.

The best proof that the world needs moers festival is a sold out house on all four days.


This Year’s Line-Up!

Eagerly anticipated and now released: This afternoon we presented the main programme for the upcoming festival at the press conference.

Detailed information about the programme, plus photos of all artistes and/or bands performing at the festival hall in Moers on the Whitsun weekeend from May 13th to May 16th 2016 can be found at our website.

The programme can be found here.


Chat link to programme press conference

Today the programme of this year's moers festival will be presented: our press conference is to take place today at midday.


Moers Kultur GmbH Press Conference

The financial situation of the festival or moreover its organising body Moers Kultur GmbH is again troublesome as you may have heard from the media. However, at yesterday’s press conference at Moers city hall those responsible advised to relax the discussion somewhat. At present, we cannot promise anything just yet, but we remain confident that the festival will take place as planned..
Further information can be found online:
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You can stream yesterday’s press conference here (full-length).


poster motif 2016

This year’s Moers Festival poster is launched. The photo was taken by Colombian photographer Eliana Aponte. It depicts a blue train on rails, with white cloud formations and a vast sparkly blue sky towering overhead. Originally this train was really a bus which was converted into a train later on. Owing to the Cubans’ art of improvisation this converted train brings inhabitants and tourists from the outer suburbs of the Cuban city Trinidad to the city centre and back every day.

For many years, Eliana Aponte worked as a war photographer in the world’s war zones until she decided to move to Cuba four years ago. Now she captures people’s livelihoods and especially enjoys the love of life on the island after all those years full of violence and war.

Download the poster theme here.


Carolin Pook will be ’Improviser in Residence’ in Moers 2016

We are delighted to announce Carolin Pook as ‘Improviser in Residence’ for this year. Once again this position is filled with a New York based German musician. This composer and violin player will take over the task from the current Improviser in Residence Hayden Chisholm in Moers. The handover concert with both Improvisers, at which the world premiere of Hayden Chisholm’s 24-minute short film ‘Sisyphus runs’ which he produced last year, will also be shown to mark the occasion, will be held on 21st January 2016 at 7.30 pm at the Moers Festival Hall, free entry.

Click here for more news concerning "Improviser in residence", Hello/Goodbye concert and Early Bird ticket.


Early Bird ticket sales kick off

Early Bird ticket sales will kick off today at midnight! Our traditional Christmas special is up for grabs: the four-day-festival ticket, valid on all four festival days (13-16 May 2016) for 108 euros instead of 140 euros at the festival box office. It remains a popular gift for friends and family members who love music, or simply a nice gift for yourself.
As stated in the November newsletter, ticket prices have increased moderately for the 2016 season. However, concession festival tickets remain the same: only 50 euros.
Be quick and visit our ticket shop. Remember: Only while stock lasts!


Good news from Berlin

"The Federal Government will make 150,000 euros from the Federal Budget available to the internationally acclaimed Moers Festival on an annual basis for the next three years, in order to relieve the burden on the communal budget." said Radomski, Bundestag member (CDU) and member of the Committee on Budgets, after a revaluation meeting on Thursday. "The commitment paid of." noted Siegmund Ehrmann, Bundestag member (SPD) and Chair of Committee on Culture and Media. He pointed out that the Federal Government had also provided an investment grant for the refurbishment of the festival hall. The future grants will continue to stabilize the financial basis of the acclaimed Moers Festival, said Ehrmann. Minister Grütters had personally witnessed the artistic and organisational competence of all involved at the 2015 festival.
Radomski and Ehrmann, both members of Parliament and Moers citizens, thanked their colleagues Rüdiger Kruse and Johannes Kahrs for their support, who are both in charge of the Cultural Budget.

Reiner Michalke, Artistic Director of Moers Festival, commented: "That really is wonderful news. I feel as if we had won the Nobel prize of music. This decision goes to show that the festival is held in high regard, both nationally and internationally. It bears witness to the respect the parliament in Berlin has for the city of Moers. The city of Moers has hung on to this festival in good times, and bad times. Now it is reaping the benefits of years of commitment. This is an incentive for me and my team to make the festival better still!"


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