European Folk Day – September the 23rd

European Folk Day: 23rd September 2024

The European Folk Network (EFN) is delighted to announce that on Saturday 23 September, over 25 radio channels (see the list below), all members of the European Broadcasting Union – EBU , will dedicate a special part of their radio programming to mark the first ever European Folk Day.

In partnership with EFN, the Music Unit of the EBU, with their brand Euroradio, has pulled together radio stations across Europe who will use their strength as public service media broadcasters to shout about the European Folk Day with special folk music programming, showcasing to the world the importance of keeping their local music traditions alive, as well as contributing to a joint celebratory offer to the Music Unit’s concert exchange platform.

In addition to the on-air programming planned by radio stations, the joint offer contains 14 recordings of current local folk talent, with traditional music offered from Estonia, Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Portugal, Sweden and Denmark, culminating in two live studio concerts on day itself from Croatia with the HRT Tamburitza Orchestra and Hungary with the fizzing virtuosity of Söndörgő, with folk singer Branka Básits. The EBU’s European Folk Day webpage has details of how to access these recordings.

Recordings from the 2023 Euroradio Folk Festival at Rudolstadt-Festival have also been made available in time for the Folk Day, as well as other recordings from around the festival, so that radio stations can also choose from and broadcast a wide variety of artists. Find details of how to access the 2023 European Folk Festival on the EBU’s European Folk Day webpage.

Participating radio stations (at 12 September)

  • BULGARIA BNR Horizont
  • BELGIUM RTBF La Première
  • CYPRUS CyBC Radio 1 CyBC Radio 3
  • CZECHIA Czech Radio Brno Czech Radio Zlín
  • ESTONIA ERR Klassikaraadio
  • FRANCE Radio France / France Musique
  • GEORGIA GPB Georgian Radio
  • HUNGARY MTVA Dankó Rádió
  • IRELAND RTÉ lyric fm
  • ISRAEL Kan Kol Hamusika
  • ITALY RAI Radio3
  • LATVIA Latvijas Radio 3 ‘Klasika’
  • POLAND Polski Radio PR2
  • ROMANIA Radio România Muzical Radio Romania Antena Satelor
  • SERBIA Radio Belgrade
  • SLOVAKIA RTVS Rádio Devín
  • SPAIN Catalunya Música
  • SWEDEN Sveriges Radio P2