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EBBA Confirms Host Cities For Euro Championships to 2023

Thursday 13 September, 2018

In an extraordinary general meeting of the European Brass Band Association (EBBA) in Amsterdam on Sunday 9 September, the following cities/countries were unanimously awarded the European Brass Band Championships for the coming years:

Palanga, Lithuania - 2020

Malmö, Sweden - 2021

Innsbruck, Austria - 2022

Stavanger, Norway - 2023

The cities for 2020-2023 has been selected based on an evaluation by EBBA's Executive Committee to ensure that they meet the defined criteria: the quality of concert halls and infrastructure, good transport links and a strong local organising team.

"I am pleased to say that we from EBBA's side are confident that the selected cities and organisers are fully capable to host and develop what is widely acknowledged as the world's most prestigious band contest,” commented Ulf Rosenberg, President of the European Brass Band Association. 

“We are very much looking forward to working with the local organisers to present the European Brass Band Championships, the European contest for young conductors, soloists and composers, the European Youth Brass Band, the European Youth Brass Band Contest, the Gala Concert and many others connected events. Preparations for the 2019 EBBC in Montreux are already progressing well with the Swiss organisers.”

In 2020, EBBA will be taking the European Brass Band Championships to a former ‘eastern block’ country, reflecting the remarkable development of the brass band culture that has taken place in Lithuania over the past decade. “It is high time that we are able to take the EBBC to Lithuania, some 20 years after the end of Soviet occupation,” adds Ulf Rosenberg, ”and I am also pleased that in 2021 we will be in Sweden for the first time in the the magnificent Malmö Live Concert Hall. Building on the legacy of the successful event in Linz, Austria, in 2010, the beautiful city of Innsbruck and its well-appointed cultural centre will be the location in 2022. The following year the EBBC will be held in the excellent new concert hall that has been built in Stavanger since the event was last held there in 2008. EBBA has also received interest from other countries and cities wishing to host the event in future years."

The contract with Palanga will be signed early next month in the Lithuanian Prime Minister’s office. For the other cities, EBBA's Executive Committee has been given the mandate to negotiate, conclude and sign the management contract with the respective host organisations, given the established terms and conditions, in due course.