This year’s focus country is France, a country honouring us with aspiring French talents and a carefully curated conference programme at the thirteenth edition of the Reeperbahn Festival.
Le Bureau Export aims to promote the rich diversity of French productions and talent of the artists from the French music scene. These artists will show the full range of their work at a televised opening evening, and around 50 concerts and showcases, including two concerts at Elbphilharmonie, throughout the 4 days of this year’s Reeperbahn Festival. Playlists and dedicated stages from What the France will bring all of this together.
More than 80 French professionals will have the chance to meet their colleagues from around the world during industry-specific speed meeting sessions, artist pitches, or over a glass of wine at the Meet The French networking reception on Thursday evening. Pupils from Hamburg learning French will be invited to meet artists as part of the Franco Musiques project.
15 of the most influential leaders from the institutions, organisations and companies that make up the French music industry will take part in keynotes, panels and public interviews. They will share their best practices and ideas highlighting that France, the country that founded the idea of 'cultural exception', is still at the cutting edge of supporting and protecting the musical ecosystem. Numerous French key-players will take part in the juries and on the boards of the International Music Journalism Award and ANCHOR 2018.
Germany is the third most important music market in the world, ahead of France, and is also the number one market for French exports. The richness of French repertoire and the very open-minded welcome of the German public has a lot to do with this. This edition of Reeperbahn Festival will be a new chance to show this!
Enjoy the shows!