April 19-23 2018 Middle East Deli Sesler Ankara, Turkey www.deliseslerfest.com
April 22-29 2018 Americas Reggae Fest Benny Hall, Saint Peter, Barbados www.thebarbados reggaefestival.com
April 23-28 2018
April 23-28 2018 Europe Mazurkas of the World Festival Warsaw, Poland www.festivalmazurki.pl/en
April 25-29 2018 Americas Festival International de Louisiane Lafayette, Louisiana, US Acadian artistry Cajun culture abounds at Festival Internatinoal de Louisiane, which focuses upon the sounds of south Louisiana and the Francophone diaspora. Olfactory and gastronomic awe, provided by its dedicated artisan food market, street performers and visual arts add to the multi-sensory affair that offers a real taste of the American South. This year’s international line-up will include the Gambian kora player Sona Jobarteh and Congolese rhythms from Jupiter & Okwess. festivalinternational.org
April 26-29 2018 Americas MerleFest Wilkesboro, North Carolina, US www.merlefest.org
April 26-30 2018 Europe Katowice Jazzart Festival Katowice, Poland www.jazzartfestival.eu
April 26-30 2018 Africa Saint-Louis Jazz Festival Saint-Louis, Senegal www.saintlouisjazz.org
SPOTLIGHT ON... Druga Godba, see p7
Benigar Bogdan Programme director Describe your festival in three words: Unique, charming, moving.
What is your festival’s USP? A combination of very modest priced day and festival passes with free public transport within the city (Ljubljana) and between the cities (Ljubljana-Piran).
What makes a good programme? An inventive combination of new and old, global and local, established and alternative, progressive and traditional, sunny and dark, serious and fun, seating and dancing and gender-balanced.
Favourite festival memory? Accompanying the 15-piece Romanian group Taraf de Haïdouks at Ljubljana train station with hundreds of kilos of luggage. They were on a European tour by bus and needed to be transferred to a late-running train from Venice to Budapest and Timisoara at 3am. Clearly one of the funniest moments in my life.
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