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OdeGand 2019: Music and Imagination

The Flanders Festival is taking place in Ghent for the 62nd time, this year from September 14 to October 5. The Festival brings the best of classical music, but also puts jazz and world music into the mix, and this year the emphasis is on the worlds of the imagination: from the fairy tales of the past to the virtual society of today.

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Once again it is OdeGand that gives the starting signal for the Festival. On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September you can enjoy a total spectacle of music and light at some of the most beautiful locations on and around Ghent’s inland waterways.
This year, the organization is a bit different from usual: when booking your tickets, you now determine in advance which of the 11 pre-assembled routes you want to follow. The composition of these routes offers every possible combination of the 10 musical acts of OdeGand and ensures that the organizers can better accommodate the audience with each act. The acts themselves are once again an exquisite selection of wonderful music from all over the world.

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The Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts combines the film music of Nino Rota (The Godfather, La Dolce Vita) with compositions by Claude Debussy. Diwan Saz brings a mix of traditional Hebrew, Arabic, Persian and Turkish music from the Middle East. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino plays dazzling folk music from Italy. Violinist Jyotsna Srikanth builds a bridge between Carnatic music from South India and contemporary Western music. And with the singers and musicians from Mùsica Temprana we travel to Latin America.

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In addition to these acts you can go to several free concerts and for the younger listeners there are two shows of KidsOdeGand, where the classic story of Cinderella gets a new musical twist and Frankenstein turns old children’s rhymes into pleasantly disturbed music. On Saturday evening between 9.30 pm and 11 pm there is the final spectacle on the Graslei and Korenlei, rounded off with a magnificent fireworks display. And on Sunday afternoon there is a kind of afterparty, with two free concerts (at 2 pm and at 4 pm) by City Of Ear, with hundreds of voices engulfing Ghent in an impressive soundscape.

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You can find more information about OdeGand on its website, where you can also order your tickets.
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