SUNDANCE ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL UTAH USA IN JANUARY

Where: Park City, Utah – USA
When: 19 January – 29 January 2017

Sundance is North America’s most famous independent film festival, appealing to the non-conformist and rebellious film directors who do not want to play by Hollywood’s rules. Located in a relatively small town, first time attendees may be surprised by the lack of glamour of where the films are shown, but there is a certain buzz about sitting in an old theater watching a mold-bursting indie film sat besides an actor about to hit super-stardom. If you love edgy, powerful films, Sundance may be just what you are looking for

More info HERE

Henry Sapiecha

Music 2 day Festival in Kansas City Utah USA called Boulevardia in June

Chris Riebschlager and his team at Dimensional Innovations were recently asked to come up with something special for a two day music festival earlier this month in Kansas City called Boulevardia. Aiming to create something to engage and captivate visitors, the designers came up with a 12-foot high, 500 lb installation shaped like an electric guitar that visitors could actually play.

The guitar was made from MDF and steel, with CNC-machines layers making up the body and neck parts laminated together, and cavities created for the electronics and wiring. Inside, a Bare Conductive touch board was used to make the 16-gauge galvanized wire stretched from the head to the bridge conductive.

.When a touch was detected, some simple code sent a message to a Raspberry Pi brain and caused a WAV audio file to sound through an amp at the back of the installation. For a consistent sound, the guitar tones were exported from GarageBand.

Large buttons positioned on the guitar’s upper body were connected to the Pi’s GPIO header pins, which allowed strummers to “play” chords by choosing appropriately marked minor and major chords from A to G. The system also offered players the chance to play clean or dirty.

The Pi’s 3.5 mm audio jack was found to be less than ideal for the sonic output, so Riebschlager opted to use HDMI as an audio out via an adapter, resulting in clean audio being routed to the stage monitor. The painted and finished body was adorned with festival-themed stickers, and the installation positioned at the festival’s main entrance.

You can watch a short demo of the interactive installation in the video below. As you’ll see, the guitar can’t really be played in the traditional sense, but that’s probably just as well. Imagine the callouses after a few minutes fretting that thing! If you want to have a play, the guitar is to be installed at the offices of Dimensional Innovations in Kansas.

WEB SITE HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

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Henry Sapiecha

COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL GYMPIE QLD AUSTRALIA IN AUGUST

From its humble beginnings in 1982, The Muster has grown from a small celebration to an iconic event that defines the region and has placed Queensland on top of the map for Country Music festivals. Muster co-founder and legendary country musician Bernard Webb of The Webb Brothers says the event has always been about ‘mates, music and making a difference.’

In 1993, Australia was suffering the worst drought on record. The Club decided to commit all funds raised to support the national drought appeal. As a result, the Rural Aid Appeal was initiated. The Appeal annually raises funds for a major charity each year through the sale of compilation CDs and a range of specially designed merchandise. Over the years, Rural Aid beneficiaries have included Diabetes Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Leukaemia Foundation, Youth Suicide Prevention, VISE (Volunteers for Isolated Students Education), Transplant Australia and the Melanoma Foundation and recently, isolated communities suffering the long-term effects of drought.

The event has grown each year, with all profits distributed among worthy charities, both locally and nationally. An ever-growing number of community groups are also involved in the staging of the event, and for most, it is their major fund raiser for the year. There is a real sense of community ownership in the Muster with now more than 50 local community groups involved in the event’s success.

Since its inception, the Muster has raised more than $14,000,000 dollars for charities Australia-wide.

JOIN US FOR 4 DAYS OF MATES, MUSIC & MAKING A DIFFERENCE

GRAB YOUR TICKETS HERE

Henry Sapiecha

Hinterland Music Festival Des Moines Iowa USA IN AUGUST

THE BASICS

Hinterland Festival 2016 Festival Logo WHERE:Des Moines, IA
WHEN:August 5-August 6, 2016
TICKETS:
CAMPING: No
WEBSITE: Official Website

THE SCENE

It’s a weekend of great music under the stars and skyline. It’s two days of music hand-picked by First Fleet’s Sam Summers for the gorgeous backdrop of Water Works Park, a 1,500 acre oasis in the center of our city. In our first year, Hinterland will feature a diverse blend of relevant artists, cyclist events, on-site sculpture and art installations, craft vendors, family engagement and more.

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Henry Sapiecha

WE FEST MUSIC FESTIVAL DETROIT MICHIGAN USA IN AUGUST

THE BASICS

WE Fest 2016 Festival Logo WHERE:Detroit Lakes, MN
WHEN:August 4-August 6, 2016
TICKETS: $139
CAMPING: Yes
WEBSITE: Official Website

THE SCENE

80,000 rowdy country fans descend on the tiny town of Detroit Lakes at this blowout. There’s ten campgrounds to stake out your territory with different areas for different lifestyles. And better leave the kids at home for this one — as the website states: “…we do not recommend that you bring your children.”

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Henry Sapiecha

Wacken 2016 Music Festival Germany in August

Wacken 2016 Music Festival

THE BASICS

Wacken 2016 Festival Logo WHERE:Wacken, Germany
WHEN:August 4-August 6, 2016
TICKETS: 170€
CAMPING: Yes
WEBSITE: Official Website

THE SCENE

361 DAYS A YEAR WACKEN IS A SMALL TOWN WITH 2000 SOULS IN THE MIDDLE OF SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN, GERMANY. BUT FOR THREE DAYS IN AUGUST THE POPULATION INCREASES TO 75000.

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Henry Sapiecha

NEW ORLEANS USA JAZZ, MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL APRIL/MAY

THE BASICS

New Orleans Jazz Festival 2016 Festival Logo WHERE:New Orleans, LA
WHEN:April 22-May 1, 2016
TICKETS: $60-$75
CAMPING: No
WEBSITE: Official Website

New Orleans and New Orleans Jazz: Best of New Orleans Jazz Music (New Orleans Jazz Festival & Fest)

New Orleans and New Orleans Jazz – best of New Orleans jazz music for New Orleans jazz festival 2015 and New Orleans jazz fest 2015. This New Orleans jazz band and New Orleans jazz & heritage festival 2015 playlist is composed and recorded by jazz musician David Lewis Luong. Download this album here: http://www.reverbnation.com/davidlewi…

FREE DOWNLOAD of track ‘All of Me’ here: http://www.reverbnation.com/davidlewi…

Featured in this New Orleans jazz playlist are:

Track 1: Summer delights (starts at 00:00)
Track 2: Jolly great time (starts at 4:47)
Track 3: One step at a time (starts at 8:28)
Track 4: Sweet Alabama (starts at 12:08)
Track 5: The wild wild west (starts at 15:22)
Track 6: A dog’s life (starts at 17:11)
Track 7: All of me (starts at 22:01)
Track 8: Only you (starts at 24:41)
Track 9: Joy of spring (starts at 27:50)
Track 10: Feels so good (starts at 30:41)
Track 11: Walking hand in hand (starts at 41:20)
Track 12: Under the tranquil moon (starts at 46:58)
Track 13: My Valentine (starts at 53:40)

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Henry Sapiecha

 

Adelaide International Guitar Festival Australia

Adelaide International Guitar Festival helmed with pluck by Aussie virtuoso

Slava Grigoryan, artistic director of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival image www.worldfairs.org

If there are matches made in heaven, then surely this was one of them.

South Australia had a fledgling international guitar festival. Australia had a virtuoso guitarist with a stunning talent. In 2008, the two came together.

“I’m always pinching myself,” says the virtuoso, Slava Grigoryan, artistic director of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, “because it’s an absolute dream non-playing job for me.”

“I never thought I’d be involved in a festival other than playing the instrument. When it came up, it was terrifying but very exciting. Sometimes it feels very new and sometimes it feels like an old glove. But my passion for it is growing more and more. I feel very blessed.”

Austria String Trio, Benjamin Schmid, Geige, Florian Eggner, Cello, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Gitarre, Portrait, Mischa Nawrata

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Grigoryan had a huge career behind him when he came on board at the festival in 2008.

He was widely known for his astonishing classical ability, but less perhaps for his range, collaborating with his brother Leonard on many projects among other outreaches.

But it’s this broad vision that really has enhanced the Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

This year marks the fourth festival under his tutelage.

Now on in August and biennial, it was on yearly in November for the first three years.

It started with a critical bang but, says Grigoryan, “It was on at a warmer time of year, so it had a large outdoor stage.

“Commercially it had a very different outlook and it didn’t work.

“It was great for launching the brand, but for Adelaide it was too big too soon. So we took it back to something small and intimate and with each year, it’s grown and become more loved so it’s becoming easier and easier to attract fantastic stars from the guitar world.”

The result of that rescaling and mandate to grow it organically has allowed it to establish as one of the most important events of its kind in the world.

“It celebrates the guitar in all its elements from singer-songwriters to heavy metal, jazz to instruments from 500 years ago. It’s a huge canvas to work with,” says Grigoryan.

One aspect of that is the Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition, the most prestigious guitar competition in the southern hemisphere, adjudicated by a panel of established players and teachers from around Australia as well as some of the high profile international artists performing at the festival.

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Prodigy plugged in from the start

Grigoryan himself was the youngest finalist and winner of the Tokyo International Classical Guitar Competition, a milestone he achieved in the mid-‘90s.

The feat catapulted him into stardom with a record contract and a string of solo albums and international tours to follow.

Needless to say, the instrument that has defined his life is very dear to his heart and he programs the festival “to involve everyone and really celebrate the instrument”.

“I’ve done and love a lot of different genres and different ways of playing. A lot of things out there genuinely excite me. There are things in every genre that are fantastic.”

Programing the festival, Grigoryan says, is “a bit like a jigsaw puzzle”.

The standard genres such as classical and jazz must be ticked off plus some surprising ones, as must a mix of up-and-coming artists, local artists and of course, the big headliners.

That keeps both the “diehard guitar fans” happy as well as the more casual or broad music lover.

“There are definite waves of people who come in, depending on the mix of artists: large groups from Asia, and die hard fans from Europe.

“There are only a handful of festivals like this in the world that do this on this kind of  scale so for guitar fans out there, this is as good as it gets and it’s a wonderful attraction.

“But a lot of the performances are completely inspiring and fantastic for anyone who’s into any kind of music,” says Grigoryan.

“We might have a wonderful songwriter who happens to be a good guitarist but most people don’t take notice of that. People will come out to hear the amazing voice or songs and then see the artist in a different way. I love it when that opportunity comes up; when someone who is known for their songs comes and relishes the pressure of having their fingers being on show a bit more than usual.”

Intimate setting

It’s not just great programing that makes the Adelaide International Guitar Festival so notable.

Grigoryan says it’s Adelaide itself that contributes mightily.

“The more I’ve seen of this town and the more I’ve experienced other festival cities, the more it makes sense for Adelaide to host this festival,” says Melbourne-born Grigoryan.

FDD

Henry Sapiecha

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WORLD EVENTS, FAIRS, FESTIVALS, MARKETS, SHOWS & MORE WORLD WIDE

THIS WORLD FAIRS SITE IS VERY AMBITIOUS BUT HOPEFULLY POSSIBLE TO DO

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The header photo & background photo are ones that I as your site host had taken on a tour of Europe recently & was in Munich Germany during an Inhorgenta  event. It came to me when I was talking to new friends I had met during my world tour that it would be great that there could be a portal in which people could view & find what is on where in the world covering an enormous number of fields & topics

My photo above during this Europe Asia tour is above for those who are interested

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