Loftas Fest

Loftas goes international to promote music export

The Loftas music venue in Vilnius, Lithuania, has partnered with the French Europavox showcase festival and five other venues and festivals from across Europe to promote music export.

The partnership between the seven venues and festivals also aims to showcase musical diversity from across Europe, and artists’ international development. It was one of 125 applications for funding from the European Union’s creative programme, and only one 15 to receive it.

The collaboration, which will run from 2016 to 2023, will bring together over 200 music professionals, over 40 media agencies, institutions, public partners, plus 200 I.T. hub startups. The aim of the project is to allow 400 bands to share their music on a European-wide basis.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Europavox project,” Loftas co-founder Živilė Diawara told Music Export Fund.  “This is a huge acknowledgment and honor.

“Last weekend we were at the Europavox festival in France, where all of the seven partners met up to connect all the dots, so to speak!”

The other festivals and venues involved are: Estragon Club (Italy), WUK (Austria), Le Botanique (Belgium), INmusic (Croatia), and Fuzz Club (Greece).

Over the course of the tie-up, each partner will host a Europavox stage at their festival or venue. Europavox will appear at the 2016 Loftas Fest festival in the Lithuanian capital, which runs from September 2-3 this year.

Loftas has held Loftas Fest since 2011. Since 2015, it has been a member of Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE).

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