Saturday, 26 February 2011

An amicable divorce

The long-standing 'special relationship' between the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) and the European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) Festival was brought to a friendly conclusion during the 3rd European Bluegrass Summit (18-20 Feb. 2011), held at Bühl, Germany.

The photos (taken by Lilly Pavlak) show Ronald Groot, representing the EWOB Festival organising committee, and Angelika Torrie, representing the EBMA board of directors, announcing the development on the final morning of the Summit in the conference room of the Bürgerhaus Neuer Markt, which was generously made available for the Summit by the city council of Bühl.

The two organisations will continue to cooperate while pursuing their separate objectives, and the European World of Bluegrass Festival has become a founder member of the EBMA's Festival Network. More details of the EBMA Festival Network will be published soon. The 14th EWOB Festival will be held on 2-4 June 2011 in 't Trefpunt, Voorthuizen, the Netherlands, which has been the location of the Festival since 1999.

More photos from the 3rd European Bluegrass Summit can be seen in an album on the EBMA's Facebook page.