The Öresund HarpHelg festival will celebrate its 10th edition on the 28th and 29th September, in Kristianstad (Skåne, Sweden). Every year, the festival moves in the Öresund region, between Denmark and Skåne, the southern part of Sweden. Created in 2004 on the initiative of Helen Davies, Lia Lonnert and Susan Enochsson, this musical week-end is the opportunity for all the Scandinavian harp players to gather. The international harp player Susan Enochsson presents this interregional, intergenerational, intermusical festival:
Is music folk or traditional? Used as synonyms in the English language, the two adjectives carry a very different meaning in French. By definition, folk is related to the people. In the French language, a pejorative connotation is now commonly understood which explains why musicians rather use the more neutral expression traditional music: Folk music ("musique folklorique") became the expression to categorise a type of unchanged music, like for the museums, whereas traditional music ("musique traditionnelle") is interpreted, arranged within a living society.
There is a time for everything: "a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (Ecclesiastes 3:4). In the Psalms, the suggestion is even clearer: "Praise his name by dancing and playing music on harps and tambourines" (Psalm 149:3). Some people will argue that those quotes come from the Old Testament. If dancing is not as clearly expressed in the New Testament, it would be wrong to say that there is no mention of dancing in it.