On behalf of the European Music Festival for Young People (EMY) we bid you all welcome to our 61st Festival, an instrumental edition. A team of 26 board-members, 32 committee-members and an odd 600 volunteers are ready to offer you a successful festival in the course of the next few days.
More than 3400 young musicians from all over Europe, from the Far East and from the North of Africa have enrolled to give the best of themselves before an international, professional jury. Their love of music will quickly make them feel at home in the multicultural framework of EMY.
Our Festival is not a competition but a moment of evaluation, focussing on the balance between musical efforts and mutual fraternization. It is our intention to stimulate youngsters to make music and to realize mutual cultural relations and contacts. Our participants are likely to come to Neerpelt as strangers and to travel back home as friends.
We would like to thank the European Commission, the Flemish Community, the Province of Limburg, the Town-council of Neerpelt, the numerous sponsors, the friends of the Festival and all volunteers for their structural support to our multicultural music-event. We hope we can rely on an intense co-operation in many more years to come.
Kindest regards and enjoy the music!