SPLENDOR AMSTERDAM, MAY 20 / 16:00 – 18:30

Flash concerts for a divided world.


Explore and discuss music’s capacity to unite and divide.

Amsterdam Early Music Days is happy to open calls for the second edition of our Flash Festival!

This year we hope to invite up to six young ensembles to perform and talk with the audience of Splendor, with musical presentations around the theme of borders and identities.

In current times, it is important for musicians to demonstrate how art and history can bring precious new information and experiences to the debates that are shaping our world.

Does music unite or divide? Are there national identities in music? How do communities spread and unite through art and performance?

These are a few of the questions we would like to invite young early music performers to bring to the stage in mini-concerts which include small discussions and debate with the audience members.


We wish to host 3-6 ensembles for this flash festival.

Here is how to apply:

A solid concept and program

The programs presented should last no more than 20 minutes and be aimed at dealing with a specific question or topic, exploring the thematic of borders and identities.

It can be anything from exploring the place musicians had in creating an international culture, how certain divisions such as composition and improvisation can become meaningless on stage or even how national styles were constantly borrowing from each other.

Each selected group will get the chance to perform their program and present themselves in the second edition of the Amsterdam Early Music Days, May 20 from 16:00 to 18:30.

Get ready to communicate

Our goal this year is to create the best quality of connection between the audience and the artists. Though a lot of concerts can be fun, it can also be exhausting and normally makes it easy to forget the qualities of each artist.

So this year we ask artists to present themselves, talk about their artistic choices concerning their program, and create communicative bonds with audience members – for which 10 minutes should be planned. Think of it as an integral part of the concert.

In this way we not only hope to give relevance to the important topics and music that will be performed but also allow ensembles to grow a common network together.

Send us your proposals

We have created an online form for your to fill with your info and also upload the requested documents. Be sure to include the following:

  • ensemble presentation including
    • name of ensemble
    • contact person
    • email and telephone
    • short bio of ensemble and members
  • photo of the ensemble
  • a program proposal, with a clear concept connected to the festival theme
  • live recording of a previous presentation (mp3, video file or youtube link)

Calls close on April 15

Groups will be announced, April 20

Calls close April 15.

Groups announced April 20.

Send your proposals or questions to:

Have questions? Get in touch!