For MAfestival 2016, more than 250 international artists found inspiration in the festival theme In Praise of Folly. This resulted in 40 concerts with repertoire from the 12th till 21st century, enthusiastically hauled by the press and the audience. MAfestival Brugge welcomed more than 15.000 visitors. 94 % of the available tickets were sold.
After the final of the International Competition Musica Antiqua 2016 for fortepiano, the jury awarded a shared second prize to Naruhiko Kawaguchi - JP and Viacheslav Shelepov – RU. The third prize went to Martin Nöbauer – AT. Carlos Goicoechea – ES got an honorable mention. Since 2013 an independent Outhere Music jury awards one of the finalist with a professional recording for the label Alpha Classics. Naruhiko Kawaguchi won this prize. Viacheslav Shelepov won the prize of the audience.
10 young Fringe ensembles got a stage during the free Fringe concerts. The festival ended with Vélo Baroque, the musical bike ride in which 800 people participated.
The MAfestival team wants to thank all artists, volunteers, sponsors, partners, suppliers, our magnificent audience, Friends and everyone who helped to make this 53rd edition of MAfestival Brugge an unforgettable one!
MAfestival 2017 will take place from August 4th till 13th. The programme will be released on March 14th.
We hope to welcome you numerously again.