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Portugal announced as focus country for ESNS 2017

Portuguese artists will take centre stage at next January's Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen

By IQ on 18 Mar 2016

Da Chick, Huize Maas, Eurosonic Noorderslag 2016

Portuguese singer Da Chick at ESNS 2016

image © Eurosonic Noorderslag

Eurosonic Noorderslag announced today that Portugal will be its ‘focus country’ for 2017.

The conference and showcase festival highlights a different nation or region each year to “showcase the diversity of musical talent across Europe”.

The 2016 event focused on the central and eastern European (CEE) countries (roughly analogous with the former Eastern Bloc), with previous focus countries including France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Finland, Austria and Iceland.

Nuno Saraiva of Why Portugal says: “Being focus country at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017 is the best opportunity to bridge the gap between the new music made in Portugal and other new music markets, introducing the wealth of musical genres currently made in Portugal to a much wider audience.”

Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017 takes place in Groningen in the Netherlands from 11 to 14 January.