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Famed for its street music festivals, and proud bearer of UNESCO’s City of Music title, Veszprém welcomed Balkan cool with open arms.

It is hard to summarize what happened in these 3 days. We are beyond happy and grateful for all participants, artists who attended BALKAN:MOST Showcase and Conference in cooperation with WOMEX. BALKAN:MOST was a celebration in style – over 300 delegates and more than 7500 visitors enjoyed Balkan music with the support of MOST and Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture.

In a city of 60 000, all hand-picked MOST showcases were packed, new deals struck and collaborations born; and headliners like Dubioza Kolektiv filled Veszprém’s squares and streets to the brim. Feedback across all tiers of the industry agrees that MOST succeeded in its mission, as Musik Woche stated. A tangible legacy of networks, recognition, new skills and personal pathways across two ends of Europe, and within the Balkans itself remain. MOST artists took the chance to shine on Veszprém’s stages: spontaneous joy of music took over, as a Hungarian folk singer was invited to Daniele Sepe’s gig, or when Koszika entertained with her finger snapping game. Dubioza Kolektiv filled the square of Castle Stage to the brim, with singer Almir Hasanbegović jumping into the crowd and making generations sing along. Oratnitza hyped the crowd so much they couldn’t stop dancing, spontaneous circles formed after the gig was over. All that as a prequel to the loudest bang of balkan beats timed for Saturday. Zarina Prvasevda’s soulful singing shed inhibitions, paving the way for Marina Satti’s sensual R’n’B performance.

A lucky thousand could witness as the festival’s odd headliner, Manu Chao administered a ceaseless endorphin flow of a 2,5 hours long concert, to be crowned by the festival’s last act, unconventional cassette magician Lenhart Tapes.

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BALKAN BEYOND STEREOTYPES- BALKAN:MOST Conference

BALKAN:MOST Conference was a 3-day professional event held at Veszprém’s picturesque venues, pampering delegates with top-notch facilities, stunning views and a great vibe. More than 20 programmes – panels, lively discussions, pitching and listening sessions – showcased untapped Balkan potential, connected artists and  professionals, and strengthened the personal network established by MOST.

Connecting the region’s musical talent with the European market, BALKAN:MOST carried the mission of MOST, building bridges with the participation of a 300-strong international delegate base from over 40 countries. One of the most tangible takeaways is the professional network and delegate database, accessible through BALKAN:MOST PRO.

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