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Flash mob on Bartók Day

Tuesday 26 September 2017
Worldwide and
7pm in Central London


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Bartók Day

To commemorate the anniversary of the death of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, a group of his enthusiastic followers organizes a monumental celebration on 26 September 2017.

Based in London, the focus of the project is a flash mob concert in Central London, but they also would like to invite music-lovers from around the world to join them and make the day a truly special day by broadening their scope to a worldwide celebration.

Call for participants around the world
On 26 September 2017 the organizers ask musicians worldwide to perform a short Bartók piece - preferably the 'Romanian Folk Dances' - in the street of their own city, and make a record of their performance. You can either post it on Facebook or send it via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The organizers will collect and promote these videos to make the 26th of September a Bartók Day, and make Bartók smile.

Flashmob in Central London
Also at 7pm on 26September a string orchestra accompanied by a couple of folk dancers will perform a surprise concert in central London. Be prepared and do not be surprised if you hear some folk music somewhere in South Kensington...

Who is Béla Bartók?
"When it comes to art music and its connection with the modern world, Bartók has no rivals: long thought of as 'difficult', he is now considered anything but. With his feet planted firmly among the roots of local folklore (a villager at heart, he was a keen ethnomusicologist), Bartók has become, in symbolic terms, a man of our time, and his candid musical expressions of sexually fraught relationships mean that nowadays he'd pass even the most stringent reality check. Mystery abounds in Bartók's music, though never in the guise of organised religion. The violinist Stefi Geyer, a favoured squeeze (at least in theory), broke with him principally because of his atheism; though for powerful handling of symbolic myth it would be hard to upstage his raw and mysterious Cantata profana (1930). His was above all a dancing muse who took rhythm as her starting point, often reaching levels of energy that even Stravinsky and Prokofiev would have found difficult to maintain" - Rob Cowen; BBC Radio, Gramophone

By this  celebration the organizers also would like to draw attention to a future travel documentary film about the life and legacy of the famous composer. Read more about the film here and about the crowdfunding for the project here.

As a musician, teacher, music student or music lover yourself, the organizers would really appreciate if you could find a bit of time to help them promoting the project among your fellow musicians, faculty members and friends.

In case if you need further information about the project, please check its website and Facebook page or contact the organizers via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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