location_on Ostend, Belgium
With the spirit of solidarity, openness and musical exploration Ethno Flanders 2010 kicked off in the Belgian seaside capital of Oostende. Held in a local school situated in a quiet residential area, Ethno participants would soon have to find a more sound proof environment for late night rehearsals and jams. It was not long before the problem was solved with the entire Ethno Flanders moving to the beach! From then on, this sandy sanctuary became the preferred venue for meeting, jamming, dancing and having fun.
On one of the days, impromptu busking sessions and concerts where organised along the seaside that turned out to be a great hit with participants, tourists and the good people of Oostende alike. These beach concerts where also excellent preparation (and publicity) for the performances in Gent (organised by J&M Gent) and for the final concert at Dranouter festival! This end performance on the main stage of Belgium’s biggest folk music festival was a huge success and a wonderful showcase of 15 countries represented on stage filled with the spirit of Ethno!