On Thursday, 7 July, Kerkrade will give the starting signal for the 19th World Music Contest! On this day we will finally celebrate wind music again. What's going to happen on this day? In two words: a lot! We will start at 17:00 hrs with an opening parade formed by international, national and local music groups who will perform straight through the city. WMC favourites like Showband Takostu Stiens, Bicycle Showband Crescendo and Pasveerkorps Leeuwarden will participate. Last but not least there is a delegation of the Dutch military bands.
There is not only music. The parade also includes dance groups, stilt walkers and other artists.
Starting at 19:00 hrs, the Böhmerwaldkapelle, Da Blechhauf'n, and Druckluft, among others, will play on the BLOW! Stage on the market square. At 22:00 hrs the official opening will take place there. What that will be is still a secret for a while. Nevertheless, we’ll start on July 7 with a bang!
The opening concert of philharmonie zuidnederland and the Wave Quartet takes place in the Roda Hall at 20:00 hrs. More info & tickets? Click here.
Bicycle Showband Crescendo, Showband Takostu Stiens, Maastrichtse Verkennersband, Pasveerkorps Leeuwarden,Traditioneel Jachthoornkorps Garde Jagers, Nederlands Douane Orkest, Orkest Koninklijke Marechaussee, Fanfare Korps Nationale Reserve, Drum- & showband MCC Laren, Klaroenkorps Amicitia Banholt, Koninklijke Steltenlopers Merchtem, Klankstad orkest Kerkrade, Banda del Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Orihuela, Dutch Pipes and Drums Tilburg, Steelband van Gruno's Postharmonie Groningen.