Moderators Fruzsina Szep, Goodlive / Superbloom
Speakers Vladyslav Yaremchuk, Atlas Festival - Guna Zučika, Every Little Thing
Presented by: ESNS Exchange
Reality check Central Eastern Europe
Festivals, Social, Export Policy, Clubs & Venues
From 2011 until 2015, ESNS Exchange had a sub programme: the Central Eastern European Talent Exchange Programme (CEETEP). CEETEP aimed to facilitate a greater exchange of CEE acts across the CEE region and beyond. Together with co-organisers Sziget and EXIT festival, 17 CEETEP festivals and their media partners the CEETEP programme brought us a total of 110 shows by 74 acts at 17 festivals across 10 countries between 2012 and 2015 and a historic focus on the CEE region at ESNS 2016 with 13 countries, 17 festivals and 23 bands presenting themselves after the 5 year exchange, developing artists, managers, the industry and projects. How did the political and musical landscape, the pandemic, the recent war in Ukraine and the rising costs influence the domestic and international development of the music markets and cultural life in the CEE countries? We were all very enthusiastic and full of ideas and new exciting plans for the future of the region but what happened after 2016 and what did we actually achieve? Let’s be realistic, are we still on the right track ? If not, what can be done to bring back the positive vibes and achieve some results. Is it time for a new CEETEP Programme?