Ærø Accordion Festival, Marstal – Silver Jubilee in 2018
(Please see the Danish front page for groups and musicians registered for the festival)
This will be some festival! And it runs in Marstal from 24th till 27th May, 2018.
Set in Denmark's busiest marina in Marstal–and with free admission to the festival.
There will be international soloists, orchestras and bands from Norway, Sweden, Germany, Russia and Denmark.
There will be surprises which we will not disclose until the programme is ready for printing at the end of April–see our website at www.harmonika-festival.dk.
There will be scheduled music from three stages:- In the new big-top tent for 400 people, in the hall of Marstal Yacht Club and in the charming little hall of the rowers that opens up towards the marina with the moon and stars above.
There will be the best sound professionals who ensure the perfect framework around the musicians.
Music performed will include all genres from easy listening and sing-along to music by some of Northern Europe's most skilled soloists who will be playing music originating from Italy, France, Scandinavia and Brazil–music with sparkles.
We can now reveal some of the main performers. From Sweden: Sveriges Cultband, Tunnbybälgarna under Börje Färm. From Norway: The Happy Skvett group, Strømmen Trekkspillsklub, Halden Trekkspillsklub, Kjell Harald Langhaug and Per Bredesen, Odd Arne Halaas and Reidar Dahle. From Denmark, just a few names as of now; Søren Brix, Mogens Bækgaard, Kristian Rusbjerg and many more highly skilled and highly favoured musicians–and of course a whole host of Danish amateurs to reflect the widespread love of the accordion.
The audience will be cared for by a large host of volunteer helpers who will cater for hot meals both Friday and Saturday evening with pork chops and roast suckling pig, respectively.
There will be drinks at reasonable prices; sodas and two types of beer from our local Rise Brewery as well as coffee and the genuine Ærø pancakes. This is quite the right atmosphere for tasting the local specialities.
On Thursday evening, 24th May, Marstal Church will fill to capacity from around 6.30 pm of anticipatory residents and visitors, for at 7.30 pm the Silver Jubilee Festival is opened with the traditional church concert, where some of the most highly regarded soloists and groups from the 25-year period will perform for an hour or so.
The festival proper opens on Friday afternoon at 1 pm–and between 3 pm and 4 pm we serve beer and wine in glasses at half price during the "Happy Hour" in the tent and the yacht club .
Every 30 minute, new groups of musicians will step on to the two stages–this will add up to 98 set shows, plus an additional 10-15 shows in the rowing premises.
In addition to the musicians, there will be folk-dance sessions where dancers are guided in traditional Scandinavian folk dances and a band is playing.
We hope that, again this year, we will be able to end the festive weekend with the 40 young folk-dancers in traditional costumes! They are all students of the independent boarding school, Bernstorffsminde Efterskole, on Funen. A spectacular display of young enthusiasm accompanied by many of the musicians from the Silver Jubilee weekend.
And remember that the ferries to Ærø are now at very low fares: e.g. two people with car and caravan, round trip, for under 500 DKK! –And do remember to book your crossing in good time.