ClarinetFest® 2018 will take place in the beautiful city of Ostend, Belgium, July 6-11 2018. Artistic Director Eddy Vanoosthuyse will be assisted by the family of the late Guido Six (Chantal, Bert and Gaby). The annual International Clarinet Association-conference is presented in partnership with the City of Ostend.
There will be performances by the Brussels Philharmonic and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Both orchestras recorded the soundtrack of the movie The Artist. Also appearing are the Band of the Royal Guides, the Royal Navy Band, the Flemish Chamber Philharmony amongst others.
There will be an extra concert by the Brussels Philharmonic with Academy Award winner Nicola Piovani (La Vita è Bella), conducting his film music and the world premiere of his clarinet concerto.
Next to hosting some of the biggest stars (see below), we will also give an opportunity to young (and very young) talent.
Clarinet choirs from around the world are welcome to participate in the First International Guido Six Clarinet Choir Festival. One of the highlights will be one of Guido’s last arrangements for clarinet choir and organ, performed in the neogothic Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Ostend.
ClarinetFest® 2018 will be held at the cultural venue “De Grote Post” and the gala evenings at the “Casino Kursaal” in the beautiful coastal city of Ostend in Belgium. The cultural venue provides ample conference space for all the events and exhibits. One of the evening concerts will be hosted in the neogothic Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
Plenty of hotels are situated within walking distance of the conference venues. The City of Ostend is located at the beautiful Belgian coast and has a lot to offer in terms of shopping, entertainment and dining. The wider region is also known for the commemoration of the first World War, that ended in the area exactly 100 years ago. Very close to Ostend, you will also find cultural cities like Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels. Belgium is also known for its fine chocolate and over 1,000 specialty beers.
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