Women are well represented at Tønder Festival, which is joining a European initiative aimed at presenting more female musicians on festival stages.
About 40% of the musicians performing at Tønder Festival in 2018 were women. This is significantly more than at other festivals and music venues. Tønder Festival has reason to be proud of the gender balance in our music programme.
Tønder Festival is now taking part in the international campaign Keychange, with the objective of increasing the percentage of female musicians at festivals. Joining Keychange entails Tønder Festival committing to achieving a 50-50 gender balance in booked artists by 2022. Around 150 international festivals are partaking in Keychange.
“It seemed natural for Tønder Festival to support the aims of Keychange. We already have many women on the Tønder Festival stages, and of course we intend to continue with that,” says Maria Theessink, artistic director at Tønder Festival.
Keychange is a pioneering European initiative focussing on women’s potential influence on the future of the music industry. They urge festivals to commit to a 50-50 gender balance.
Keychange is led by the PRS Foundation, supported by EU’s Creative Europe programme and Musikcentrum Öst, Reeperbahn Festival, Island Airwaves, BIME, Tallinn Music Week, Liverpool Sound City, Way Out West and Mutek.
Tønder Festival Musicians 2019 – so far:
John Prine (USA), Kate Rusby (UK), The Savage Rose (DK), Bjørn Eidsvåg (NO), Skipinnish (SCO), The Ghost of Paul Revere (USA), Martin Harley (UK), Julie Fowlis (SCO), Finbar Furey (IRL), Chris Smither (USA), Jenn Grant (CAN), Old Man Luedecke (CAN), Leslie Stevens (USA), Caitlin Canty (USA), The Tweed Project (ENG, SCO) and James Keelaghan (CAN).
Tønder Festival 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th August 2019