What Are You Doing For World Accordion Day? - International

World Accordion Day
World Accordion Day logoWhat are you doing for World Accordion Day to promote the accordion in your country? World Accordion day is on May 6th, which is the day the accordion was patented in 1829.

World Accordion Day was started in 2009 by the CIA and has been very successful, generating a lot of positive publicity for the accordion. A key part of this event is the World Accordion Day website.

Every association, group, orchestra, performer and teacher, is asked to actively support this event by encouraging national and local accordion activities to happen in their country on this day or the weekend either side of Accordion Day if that should be more convenient.

Everyone can register their World Accordion Day activity on the website and send a report of their event after, for that website.

No event is too big or too small. ALL accordion events celebrating World Accordion Day are welcome. This is a CIA promotion for the accordion in which every accordion enthusiast can participate and help bring our accordion world together as well as strongly promote the accordion.


XIX Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival Celebrates 100 Years - Finland

Kokkola logoRaimo VertainenThe 2017 Kokkola Accordion Festival runs from 10th to 19th February with the theme "100 years of Finland" featuring an array of accordion performers and Finnish compositions from the 100 year history of Finland, which is rich in accordion activities.

In keeping with 19 years of tradition, the final night concert is by the famous Guardia Nueva Orchestra (picture below), renowned in this area of Europe with featured vocalists and conducted by Festival Director Raimo Vertainen.


Guardia Nueva

Giustozzi Accordions & Diatonics Interview, Castelfidardo - Italy

Know the People - Giustozzi Accordion Factory
Video 1: Leo performs "Javi se pod hitno" (Pick Up Urgently), accordionist is Samir Nurkic (Croatia), released May 2015.

"Know the People" Giustozzi Accordions & Diatonics Interview: 2017GiustozziAcc with:

Giampiero Giustozzi (Owner)
Silvia Gagliardini (Manager)

Editor: Holda Paoletti-Kampl

"Know the People" behind the manufacturing of accordions in Castelfidardo who have made this small city so famous around the world for their quality accordions. Interview 2017GiustozziAcc


Giampiero Giustozzi & Silvia Gagliardini

21st International Week of Accordion "Alcobaça 2017" - Portugal

Aníbal FreireThe 21st International Week of Accordion "Alcobaça 2017" includes the 22nd National Trophy and the 3rd Accordion International Competitions and will be held from 27th May to 4th June in Alcobaça, Portugal.

President of the Portugal Accordion Association Aníbal Freire writes that the program will also include 6 concerts and 3 masterclasses as well as the competitions.


Martynas February Concert Tour – China

MartynasThe highly accomplished Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis is about to begin his first concert tour in China, which lasts from February 7th to 28th. His program will include works by JS Bach, Galliano, Gubaidulina, Levickis, Paganini, Rossini, Soler, Tchaikovsky, and Vivaldi.

The tour dates include:
February 7th – Harbin Concert Hall, Harbin as part of the 33rd Harbin Summer Music Festival
February 8th – Henan Art Center, Zhengzhou
February 10th – Hohhot Grand Theater, Hohhot .......


Entries Close, 31st January, 54th International Klingenthal 2017 - Germany

International Accordion Competition Klingenthal
Mayor of Klingenthal Thomas Hennig54th International Accordion Competition Klingenthal 2017The 54th International Accordion Competition Klingenthal entry closing date is 31st January. The competitions and festival dates are 15th to 21st May 2017.

Full competition rules and category information, entry forms at: 2017Kling.pdf


7th International "Akordeon Fest", Knjaževac - Serbia

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Alexander KomelkovThe Music School "Predrag Miloševic" invites you to the 7th International "Akordeon Fest" being held from 29th to 31th March 2017. General sponsor of the Akordeon Fest is Knjaževac Municipality and the Organising Committee are: Zoran Rakic, Martina Miloševic (School Principal), Dalibor Arizanovic, Dalibor Milenkovic and Sasa Dejanovic.

This festival includes a competition for accordion soloists of various age categories, and the closing date for entries is March 20th.

Download rules and entry information in three languages: 2017Knjazevac.pdf


New and Updated Sites

Two New Works by Douglas Ward Released by Charnwood Publishing - UK

Douglas WardTwo new works have been released by well known UK composer and performer Douglas Ward, published by Charnwood Publishing.

DW938 The Happy Whistler
DW939 Ali Baba’s Barber


Gary Dahl Releases Ashokan Farewell Arrangement - USA

Ashokan Farewell sample pageGary DahlCatalog No: DH0257 - Ashokan Farewell by Jay Unger

Arranger Gary Dahl writes about this new arrangement:
The minimal use of embellishments is intentional so as to retain the poignancy of this composition. This arrangement is not hard to play but requires exceptional emotion to best convey the beautiful melody to your audience.

Sample page online and to purchase: Catalog No: DH0257 - Ashokan Farewell


Alessandrini Accordions Factory Interview, Castelfidardo - Italy

Daniela and Tonino Alessandrini"Know the People" Alessandrini Accordions Factory Interview 2017Alessandrini with:

Tonino Alessandrini (Owner)
Daniela Alessandrini (Owner)

Editor: Holda Paoletti-Kampl

"Know the People" behind the manufacturing of accordions in Castelfidardo who have made this small city so famous around the world for their quality accordions. Interview 2017Alessandrini


NAA New Website & Promoting 30th Anniversary Convention in Texas - USA

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Norman SeatonThe National Accordion Association (NAA) President Norman Seaton (picture left) announces the new NAA website which has been totally reconstructed to be mobile friendly and allow people on phones as well as on computer, to look for any accordion-related information within 3 clicks.

The new site also promotes the the 30th Anniversary Convention of the NAA at the Hyatt Regency in Richardson, Texas from March 8- 11, 2017.

Full information and registration details are online on the new website at: http://www.NationalAccordion.org


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