• Instrumental festival in 2015 from April 30 to May 4: register now

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  • International fraternization between young people in Neerpelt (Belgium)

  • From April 30 to May 4, 2015 Neerpelt (Belgium) will be bubbling again with the musical talents of various ensemble, not only within European borders, but also far beyond. Every two years more than 90 instrumental ensembles 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.

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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.

Can I participate?

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    Are you below 25 and member of a symphonic band, fanfare, brass band, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, string orchestra, symphonic band, an ensemble for traditional music, ancient music... and are you willing to participate in our next instrumental Festival coming in May 2015?  The Festival organisation is not making any selections: it is sufficient to meet the conditions to enter this Festival.
    Go to the categories.

Registration for EMJ 2015

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    Registration for our 63nd EMJ Festival in 2015 is still possible.  Do read the regulations carefully.  All information about formula's, categories, fees... can be found in the register menu.
    Go to Register.

Explore EMJ.tv

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    We have some great video's about the opening, moments of fraternization, jurymembers, interviews and much more ...about the 62nd edition..
    EMJ.tv Youtube Channel

Festival pictures

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    Looking for impressions of the 62nd European Music Festival for Young People...


  • Besides the many jury-concerts you can attend a lot of other musical events such as fraternization concerts, happenings, parades, outdoor concerts and the like. No doubt you wish to enjoy the atmosphere of joy, friendship and fraternization of the 62nd edition, don't you?
    Enjoy our previous instrumental Festival.

  • 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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