Jeunesses Musicales International (JM) announced that Ethno Sweden 2011 will continue. Jeunesses Musicales International (JM) Sweden, Rikskonserter and Concerts Sweden will be closed down by the end of the year due to political decisions from the Swedish government. As a result, the Ethno Sweden program was under threat of closure. However, due to the decision by the Swedish government to fund Ethno Sweden, Jeunesses Musicales confirmed that Ethno Sweden 2011 will be going ahead.
Ethno Sweden 2011 will be hosted by Folkmusikens Hus (the Folk music house) in Rattvik, one of the close collaborators and local hosts of Ethno. They will also have support from the regional authorities and hopefully keep some of the Ethno staff of JM Sweden involved in the project.
Ethno Sweden will also continue the work with the Ethno World, and this year’s road tour was bags of fun and a definite success visiting schools and concert venues for over ten days. Entertaining the audiences with their unique sounds were Indian percussionist Charu Hariharan, bagpipes from Cassandre Balosso-Bardin, accordion wizard Dave Grayny and many more all received standing ovations.