The EUROCHESTRIES Federation of Festivals, who celebrate in 2009 its 20th edition, has set itself the task of contributing, through its own activities within the framework of European integration, to the mutual understanding of peoples in Europe, of their music, their language and of their cultural life while promoting openness.
These objectives are achieved by organizing festivals EUROCHESTRIES in France - Charente-Maritime (18 years), Deux-Sevres (2 years), Vienna (6 years) and Paris (1 year), Spain - Province of Huelva (2 years), Russia (2 years) and soon in Slovakia in 2009.
Cultural actors who want to organize a EUROCHESTRIES festival must comply with the Charter of the Federation of Festivals EUROCHESTRIES which can be summarized by the following points:
- The organization must adhere to the Federation of EUROCHESTRIES Festivals.
- This active member holds a Festival which brings together classical music orchestras from music schools and conservatories of the countries of the European Community and third countries, composed of young people aged from 12 to 25 years
- The Festival must take the form of a series of concerts on a relevant geographic area.
- The Festival goes out to meet the people least likely to have access to quality cultural offerings. Concerts therefore respond to the principle of distribution by participating in local cultural life of rural areas. The EUROCHESTRIES provide cultural fabric of local communities.
- Instruments of each nation, each training should meet together into a large European Philharmonic for the closing concert of the Festival.
- The daily rehearsals for the establishment of the closing concert will be led by a conductor of European reputation (Cecilia Weston in 2007 and Jean-Philippe Vanbeselaere in 2008)
- The closing concert will consist of a collection of national and the interpretation of a creation composed for the Festival, at the initiative of the Federation, which last year launched a competition to create original repertoire with contemporary European composers.
- The creation of these new festivals simultaneously structure the local and European cultural environment. On one hand, the idea of European citizenship body goes to the heart of local territories, and the general public discover not only new works, but through these cultures, people. On the other hand, the organization of local events requires for their programming a reliable and comprehensive European database, which requires data collection, processing, centralization and to make them available to members, partners-festivals and orchestras partners. This involves the design and maintenance of the website of the Federation of Eurochestries, real database in four languages, which serves as a platform for exchanges between orchestras, instrumentalists, conductors, festivals and directories.
The Federation, composed of the steering committees of each festival, and develops a common know-how from the peculiarities of each. The developed methodology will provide support in terms of programming, technical organization and logistics, communication and advice related to administrative and legal life of a festival.
The creation of this federation is a long term process which incorporates both East-West (France - Spain v Czech Republic - Poland) but also "North-South" by involving partners from Russia (from 2 festival years) and China (the first festival in 2007), allowing Europe to establish its own and multiple identity as well as its openness to the world.