• Vocal festival in 2016 from April 29 to May 2

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  • International fraternization between young people in Neerpelt (Belgium)

  • From April 29 to May 2, 2016 Neerpelt (Belgium) will be bubbling again with the musical talents of various vocal ensembles, not only within European borders, but also far beyond. Every two years more than 90 children's and youth choirs take part in this international get-together
  • With the “Alle Menschen werden Brüder”-device in mind, EMY alternately organizes a vocal and an instrumental festival. The European Music Festival is more than ever an event where youngsters from various countries and cultures meet and appreciate each other through singing and music.


EMJ awarded European quality label EFFE
For one year, the EMJ is allowed to carry the EFFE-quality label of Europe. EFFE stands for “Europe for Festivals, ...
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Facts & figures
An infograph with facts & figures about our festival (in Dutch).
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Four days of musical wellness during 63rd EMJ
NEERPELT. -At the 63rd European youth music festival, Rutger Nuyts, EMJ-President  announced that EMJ was selected as ...
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Inge Sykora succeeds in Master “choral ...
Inge Sykora (° 1975) from Wommelgem has just passed, with great distinction, her 'Master degree in choral conducting’. In ...
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Welcome to our 200,000th participant!
In the 63-year history of the festival, we have had the privilege of welcoming thousands of young people from all over ...
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What is EMJ about?

  • Year after year the European Music Festival for Young People manages to hand out basketfuls of joy and friendship to thousands of young musicians and vocalists within Europe.  It all comes true thanks to the non-competitive instrumental or vocal character of EMJ, its joy, its friendship, its fraternization, its hospitality and the voluntary efforts of hundreds of volunteers. 
    Read more and look at this video.

Register for EMJ 2016

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    The 64th European Music Festival for Young People will take place from April 29 till May 2 2016. The application period for this vocal edition has started on July 1 2015. Children’s and youth choirs can apply until October 26 2015.
    The Festival does not select choirs. It is sufficient to comply to all conditions. Therefor we advise to read carefully the regulations and guidelines on how to register, which you can find on this website. In the menu ‘Register’ you can learn all about participation formulas, categories, prices, jury concerts and other useful information.

    More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +32 11 66 23 39

Explore EMJ

  • andrew1Regarding the jury performances, it seemed like there was music being played everywhere. It is incredible to have over 4000 young musicians from across Europe & beyond in one place. It is an experience that all participants will surely remember forever. I think the EMJ is the largest one of its kind. The festival is very well run and it is a great experience for a group to attend. 
    Andrew Cruickshank - Member of the Jury EMJ 2013

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