Change Music Festival – Music without boundaries
On 15-18 August 2019, the Change Music Festival is back with world-class chamber music. The festival, which is now biennal, is held every other year and is arranged in Varberg and Kungsbacka with Tjolöholm Castle as a beautiful center.
From the wild landscape of Sweden’s Western coastline one looks across the Kattegatt sea to the Danish peninsula. The region is famous for it´s rich marine gastronomy. The unique castle of Tjolöholm nestles between the two towns of Varberg – known for its wonderful surf and historical fortress – and picturesque Kungsbacka – only a short drive from the vibrant city of Gothenburg.
For a few days in August this corner of the Swedish landscape is flooded with a rich mix of music. Change Music Festival has its roots in chamber music but has grown in to a special meeting place for music of all kinds, where folk, jazz, world music and dance all collide and sit side by side. Artists in recent editions have included Anne Sofie von Otter, Lawrence Power, Antonio Serrano, the Elias and Vertavo string quartets, Dreamers’ Circus and Baroksolistene. The internationally renowned Kungsbacka Piano Trio and Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble are in residence every festival and artists for 2019 will include the Chiaroscuro Quartet with Alina Ibragimova, chamber orchestra ‘Musica Vitae’ and Emilia Amper (a virtuoso of the Swedish keyed-fiddle) with music from Baroque to the present day.
The theme for 2019 is ‘Icons’ and circles around some of the creative pillars of music history – works, performers, composers and events that have defined the cultural world in Scandinavia and around the World.
/Simon Crawford Phillips, artistic director