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VIP- News - August 2011ETEP 2.0 Looks East with CEETEPAllan McGowan am@vip-booking.comWith the help of the recent grant from theEuropean Commission ETEP (European TalentExchange Program*) has announced anew development and expansion as ETEP2.0. The new version will welcome theinvolvement of eight new festivals fromCentral Eastern Europe (CEE) joining ETEPin 2012, and it is planned that ETEP 2.0will grow from 60 participating festivals in2011 to 100 in 2015.Together with in total 13 CEE-ETEP festivalsin the CEE region and around 26media partners, Eurosonic Noorderslagand co-organisers Sziget and Exit Festivalwill develop a scheme for the circulationof CEE artists and repertoire in CentralEastern Europe at the festivals and in themedia, called CEETEP (Central and EasternEuropean Talent Exchange Program). Byworking together the organisers and theirmedia partners will help more CEE artistsperform across borders within CentralEastern Europe and via shows at EurosonicNoorderslag in the Netherlands throughoutthe whole of Europe and beyond.Fruzsina Szép from Sziget Festival says: “Along wish and a plan that has developedduring former Region Conferences in Budapestis finally taking shape by placing CEEtalents on the European musical map.”Ivan Milivojev from Exit says: “CEETEP hasstarted, festivals confirmed, media joined,I can feel the stir of a new project beingborn out of great idea. Bands will start tocirculate, I am delighted that all this happenedat EXIT festival, to see this potentand beautiful cooperation at work. CEETEPhas started. You`ll certainly hear moreabout it.”Peter Smidt from Eurosonic Noorderslagsays: “With radio stations and media fromall countries confirming their participationI am confident CEETEP will have an impactfor talent in the CEE countries. This is anotherstep in better circulation of Europeanrepertoire in Europe.”At the first CEE-ETEP (CEETEP) meeting inBudapest in May this year the following 13festivals agreed to work together on thisproject: Coke Live Festival – Poland, Podoha– Slovakia, Rock For People – Czechia,Taksirat – R. Macedonia, T-Mobile INmusicFestival – Croatia, , B’estfest – Romania,Exit – Serbia, Wilsonic – Slovakia, Sziget –Hungary, Heineken Opener Festival – Poland,Positivus Festival – Latvia, Spirit OfBurgas – Bulgaria, and Woodstock Festival– Poland.Certainly it appears that the Festival promotersare taking the lead in trying to developboth acts and industry in the Easternmarkets, many of them also promote atsmall and mid level venues, and it seemsthat their motives are not only to fill thevenues and attract bigger audiences totheir festivals, but to open up the possibilitiesfor local talent to play in neighbouringterritories and eventually into Western Europe.Girts Majors of Latvia’s Positivus Festivaltold VIP-News at The Great Escape inBrighton this year, “Besides organisingPositivus, the biggest music and arts festivalin the Baltic states, with a capacity of20,000+ festival goers, as promoters wehave been operating for 8 years now focusingon Western artists concerts in Riga.The 1990’s saw the dawn of the musicindustry in Latvia. At the moment/currentlyrecorded music business has almostceased to exist. Most of the business is foreignartist live shows and majority of thembeing arena-level. Some of the Westernartists have enjoyed the highest attendanceof their shows exceptionally in Riga.Club-level shows are rare and undevelopeddue to infrastructure problems. Thegood sign in recent years is that some ofthe local artists have also managed to securesold out arena-level shows.Our planfor the near future is to focus on 2,000 capacitygigs. We’re about to open and runour own venue like that in Riga.Piotr Miazek of the Zloty Melon ConcertAgency, and a representative of WoodstockFestival Poland told VIP-News , “Iwould like to say that we are proud to betaking part in the CEETEP program. It is ourdeep conviction that music made in Polandand elsewhere in this part of Europeis just as good as in the western music, andthat our talent pool is just as big. It wouldbe great to hear Polish radio stations playinggood quality music from Romania,Hungary, Serbia, etc.Thanks to the kind hospitality of the ExitFestival,VIP-News attended the secondCEETEP meeting in Serbia at which thefollowing mediapartners of the 13 CEETEPfestivals joined the program: MR2-PetőfiRadio – Hungary, KOMMPOT Communication– Hungary, Neston – Hungary, FirstMacedonian net portal – Macedonia, Radio103 – Macedonia, Antyradio – Poland,Czech Radio - Radio Wave – Czech Republic,Radio 101 – Latvia, Metropotam portal– Romania, Radio Belgrade 1 – Serbia, DarikRadio – Bulgaria, 24 hours news paper– Bulgaria, Croation Radio – Croatia.Laurent Marceau, Head of Eurosonic/RadioPlus at the European Broadcasting Union,told VIP-News, “Hope for the best and preparefor the worst… I don’t know who saidthis but this cannot apply to the CEETEPprogramme. Joining forces between festivalsand (public) broadcasters makes realsense, it contributes to cross-border distributionof music, and that’s simply great,full stop. This scheme has a great future!”… A sentiment that we at VIP greatly support– Watch this space!*ETEP 2.0Eurosonic Noorderslag will work togetheron more exposure for the selected ETEPacts with the following partners: Euro-18VIP-BOOKING.COM

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