NEWS

We are very sorry to announce that Babel Sound Festival 2020 has been cancelled. Unfortunately, in the current pandemic situation it is not possible to organize the Festival according to our high standards of previous years.

But no worries, we'll meet in 2021 fit and strong! Until then, we bring the good vibes to your home with our videos and photos of past years' events. So follow us to re-live the real Babel-feeling, and let's all party together virtually to our favourite world music bands!

Stay safe and keep dancing!

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Dance, energy, fun all week! This was Babel Sound 2019

Thank you for spending this wonderful week with us! See you next year!



The countdown begins! One week until Babel Sound Festival!

Spain, Bulgaria, Argentina, Morocco, Chile, Italy and Senegal in one place! Musicians bring you to their countries through the language of music. Are you ready for a journey around the world?


Physical, spiritual, soulful liberation on the coast of lake Balaton - the 9th Babel Sound Festival is coming!

Dance and music are two of the best renewable resources. The Babel Sound Interactive World Music Festival will offer an unlimited amount of fun between 15-21 July in Balatonboglár.


Babel Nights Barcelona: SAffrAn + Orquestra Basarab + Heiða Björg & the Kaos

The venue Tradicionàrius (CAT) hosts the sixth edition of the Babel Nights on June 22. A meeting point to learn new sounds of the world.


An icelandic breeze hits the coasts of Spain

Here comes the 6th edition of Babel Nights Barcelona! Babel Nights is an excellent opportunity to listen to both local and international groups, to discover musical and artistic fusions during creative performances.


A captivating atmosphere

On May 25 we enjoyed the 5th edition of Babel Nights Barcelona and a new and charming musical display with three extraordinary bands.


CREMM results and selected participants

Thank you all for your interest! Here is the official list of participants for CREMM 2019.


Smooth waves of jazz and harmony - this was the first Babel Jazz Festival

Following the roots of Babel Sound Festival we recreated the signature Babel atmosphere within the genre of jazz.


The application for CREMM closed on Monday

The application for CREMM closed on Monday! Thank you for your entries! It won't be easy to judge; we have to choose 18 musicians from more than 200 applicants to the 3 bands. At the same time, we are very happy tabout the big number of applicants in such a short time :)


Babel Nights Barcelona - 5th Edition

Uniting cultures through music and arts! Babel Nights Barcelona returns on May 25.


BABEL JAZZ BUDAPEST - May 27-29

Three days - three concerts with bands from the international scene of jazz in Budapest, at Darshan udvar!


CREMM - Call for musicians

Are you a musician? Want to play together with artists from different cultures, representing different musical styles? If so, don’t hesitate to submit your application for the residency programme CREMM.


BABEL JAZZ - International Jazz Festival

Harmony and jazz at the coast of lake Balaton! The organizers of Babel Sound Festival begin the summer with a new programme.


A whole night of live world, greek and mediterranean music at Tradicionarius!

On April 13 at the Center Artesà Tradicionàrius a new trio of fantastic bands took over our senses in the 4th edition of the Babel Nights Barcelona festival.


Babel Nights Barcelona - 4th Edition

Babel Nights will host its 4th event on April 13.


Dance, laugh, celebrate life! Barcelona is waiting for you!

Mediterranean vibes, greek melodies - the 4th Edition of Babel Nights Barcelona will take place on April 13.


Heida Björg and the Kaos - Inspiration

Another exciting collaboration released by the Budapest based Narrator Records. Heida, born in Island, recently moved from Casablanca to Paris. She sings on this record on her native language as well as English, Hebrew, and French. Real world music! The album is out NOW, the release concert was held last Saturday in Paris with great success!


A real balkanic party - this was the first Babel Nights in Amsterdam

Guests danced into the late night to captivating, balkan inspired pop and jazz-funk compositions.


A fusion of electro-rock and the sound of Iceland - Heida Björg & the Kaos debuts new album

The icelandic band celebrates its 10th anniversary with an album debut concert in Paris.


A fusion of electro-rock and the sound of Iceland - Heida Björg & the Kaos debuts new album

The icelandic band celebrates its 10th anniversary with an album debut concert in Paris. The album has a special bond with our festival, since the band wrote and recorded most of the songs while staying in Balatonboglár.



The album of Belonoga, performer of this year's Babel Sound Festival receives a warm welcome

 

Belonoga’s album ‘Through the Eyes of the Earth’ achieved a 5th place on the March 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart. It is currently on the 11th place at the Worldmusic Charts Europe.


Babel Nights comes to Amsterdam

The Babel Nights concert series continues with a first-ever event held in Amsterdam.


Melodies from Senegal, spanish tunes and catalan vibes

The magical third edition of Babel Nights Barcelona took place on March 2.


Apply to be part of Budapest Ritmo Showcase and show your music to international experts!

New talent and well-oiled bands get a chance on 3rd of October to show what they got to a select group of invited experts and the audience of iconic Szimpla.


The album of Belonoga, performer of this year's Babel Sound Festival receives a warm welcome

Belonoga’s album ‘Through the Eyes of the Earth’ achieved 5th place on the March 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart.


Melodies from Senegal, spanish tunes and catalan vibes

This was the 3rd Edition of Babel Nights Barcelona.



Babel Nights in Barcelona - again!

Babel Nights is back in Barcelona for its 3rd edition.



Babel Nights in Barcelona - again!

Babel Nights is back in Barcelona for its 3rd edition.


Chalaban in Chile and in the Moroccan desert

What happens when a young Moroccan artist arrives in Paris, then falls in love with a Hungarian girl? See it here!


South American rhythms and a colourful night

Babel Nights brought some magic in Barcelona for the second time.


This was the second edition of Babel Nights Barcelona

Babel Nights lit up Barcelona once again with a colorful and fun evening.



Babel Nights is back in Barcelona for a second evening

After the first event on November 24, Babel Nights returns to Barcelona for the second time on January 26.


Babel Nights Barcelona - 2nd Edition

Babel Nights will host its 2nd event on January 26.



The night, where various cultures meet - this was Babel Nights' debut in Barcelona

Babel Nights finished its first event in Barcelona with a great success.


This was the first edition of Babel Nights Barcelona

The Babel Nights concert series kicked off with a successful event at Tradicionarius!



Visa For Music

It is our great pleasure that Chalaban - a returning performer on Babel sound Festival - has showcase concert tonight at 8 PM on the African Visa For Music world music expo.


Results of the Laureate Jazz Competition

The Final of the Laureate Jazz Competition took place this weekend.


Babel Nights debuts in Barcelona

The Babel Nights concert series debuts in the spanish capital, Barcelona on November 24.



The first-ever Babel Nights - in Barcelona!

We are excited to announce that our first-ever Babel Nights will be held in Barcelona on November 24!



Jazz competition - finals

Here are the finalists of the 2018 Laurate Jazz Competition.


Our WOMEX 2018 in pics

WOMEX went far. This year it was held on Gran Canaria. Good - for the nice weather and exotic place, not so good for the wallet :-)


WOMEX after party

MiraMundo gave the first afterparty jam sassion concert of WOMEX's history with international guest performers.


WOMEX

There was a huge interest at the stand of Babel Sound Festival on WOMEX world music expo.


Chalaban tracks played on BBC radio

Brian Mullen at the Irish BBC Radio presents music from pop to roots via trad, blues, and soul in his program. In the recent edition, he played four tracks from the Narrator Records’ release Gleimim by Chalaban.


Chalaban tracks played on BBC radio

Brian Mullen at the Irish BBC Radio presents music from pop to roots via trad, blues, and soul in his program. In the recent edition, he played four tracks from the Narrator Records’ release Gleimim by Chalaban.

 

 

 


‘Yes’ - Naked on the 11th place on World Music Charts Europe!

Once a month radio-Worldmusic-specialists from twenty-four European countries select their individual top favorites out of current worldmusic releases from their playlists and mail them to Berlin. The nominations are processed in a database and the top 20 is then published as the WORLD MUSIC CHARTS EUROPE


‘Yes’ - Naked on the 11th place on World Music Charts Europe!

Once a month radio-Worldmusic-specialists from twenty-four European countries select their individual top favorites out of current worldmusic releases from their playlists and mail them to Berlin. The nominations are processed in a database and the top 20 is then published as the WORLD MUSIC CHARTS EUROPE


Babel Sound 2018 in peace and love

The success of the festival could clearly be measured by the intensity of experiences. This year musicians from more than 20 countries shared the love of music with the audience and each other. 

 

 



From gamelan workshop to Bollywood dance – Dive into the babelic crowd!

Concerts and interactive programmes at Babel Sound Festival

Besides world music concerts, many other activities await festival-goers from July 16-22nd in Balatonboglár, through which they can experience the mysterious, archaic and colorful customs of foreign cultures. 

 

 


Babel Sound Festival 2018 – The Whole World At Your Doorstep

This July 16-22nd Babel Sound and Balatonboglár becomes the centre of the world again where a real, free and family friendly world music experience awaits everyone.


Interview with Naked – after Chile, India and South-Korea, before Brazil.

Following the release by NarRator Records the brand new studio album with a special guest Tal Tula Ben Ari on two bonus songs, the four guys from Belgrade are unstoppable. We spoke with them about the places they have visited and the spirits they have touched.

 


The Serbian Radio introduces our bands

 The Serbian state radio introduced the latest releases of our partner Narrator Records. Bojan Djordjevic, the most acknowledged expert of world music in Serbia, organizer of several festivals and presenter of famous groups. In his program, Bojan talks about Oi Dipnoi, Chalaban, Naked and Meszecsinka.  


Babel Arts at WOMEX

We will represent our bands and projects at the stand of Mediaevent. This year the world music expo will be held in East-Europe for the second time. This gives us hope that our artists will receive more attention.

 


Art Forum

There is no other music meeting like this. The format and the surroundings of the forum gave mood and time to the participants to build real connections. Without real connections, there is no good business, at least in the world of worthy music.

 

 


Meszecsinka is one of the three Hungarian bands, chosen to play at Budapest Ritmo international showcase

Budapest Ritmo supports up and coming bands from the Central European region. On the 5th of October Hungarian and foreign bands selected by an international jury take the stage at Szimpla. Meszecsinka, Etnorom and Csángálló represent Hungary on the showcase.


Chalaban introducing their new album at the Palace of Arts

Gleimim, the title of Chalaban's new album, comes from the nickname of Saïd Tichiti's home town in Morocco, Guelmim. The city lies on the cusp of the desert and is a melting pot of Berber, Arab and African culture. The band was formed in Budapest 19 years ago and combines the traditions of the band members' homeland with music from the Carpathian Basin. 


"Babel" bands in Sicily - cultural exchange works!

As a result of cooperation between Alkantara in Italy and Babel Sound Festivals, there have been three bands playing in Sicily this year: Chalaban, Cirkusz-KA and Subhira. Both festivals are organized by the partners of BabelArts.

 


BABEL SOUND: where the World comes together...

Babel Sound is a special event, organized every year at the lake Balaton in Hungary by our partner, Media Event. The bands connected to BabelArts are frequent guests of the festival. Let us introduce you the meeting of the folks.


Maria Keck, the exceptional flamenco dancer and singer releases her new album

The new album of Maria Keck will be released in October by our partner Narrator Records. The record summarizes the ten-year work of Mária Keck through the Nuestro Aire formation to the De Cobre project. The guiding principle of the singer-dancer-choreographer's life is the flamenco with which she began to deal with in Budapest and which led her through Madrid to many countries in Europe (Germany, England, Norway, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania) and Argentina and Japan.


Babel report on Ritmus és Hang blog

"... the success of a festival can be measured not only in the income, ticket sales, positive facebook reviews, or in the echo of the press ,but also in how much love and affection is made" - a report about the Babel Sound Festival 2017 from Emese Szász and Kinga Kali, on the Ritmus és Hang blog.


Spanish artists about Babel Sound

Here we go with an impressing video created by Spanish artists, where they share their thoughts and memories of Babel Sound 2016! Check out why this is "the best festival that one can attend as a musician or as public".


Alkantara festival

As a result of cooperation between Alkantara in Italy and Babel Sound, there have been three bands playing in Sicily this year: Chlaban, Cirkusz-KA and Subhira.


The Babel Sound Festival ended on Sunday

The Babel Sound in 2017 was probably the only free festival where the public could enjoy not only the daytime activities and concerts, but also free tastings and dinners. Everyone. 


More than music - a lovable festival not only with music, not only for adults

The one week cultural madness came with the afternoon on the 17th of July, in Balatonboglár. The Babel Sound Interactive World Music Festival opened its doors again for the audience and the artists coming from all over the world. Concerts, dance houses, international cultural programs, exhibitions and gastronomical tastings took place continuously, and the acces to all the programs was free this year!


Bands from 15 countries on the free festival at Lake Balaton!

Babel Sound shakes the world this year again. Benin, Cuba, Belgium, Spain, India, Chile, Italy, Israel, Netherlands, Morocco, Iran, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Colombia, Serbia and of course Hungary is the full list of the countries where the artists come from to the festival in Balatonboglár, starting on the 17th of July.

 

 


Speeding up-cooling down body motion

We have a recommendation for you! The body motion camp program of our art partner Bajna Zsóka will be held at the same period as Babel Sound Festival 2017 in Balatonboglár:


The Budapest Folk Fest with wine terrace and folklore is waiting for you!

We are waiting for you every afternoon with delicious wines and every evening with concerts in the Várkert Bazár, between the 24-28th of May, 2017!


Wind music genius at Budapest Folk Fest

Amir Gwirtzman album release in the Várkert Bazár

The Israeli single-person bigband releases his new album on the 28th of May 2017, in the Öntőház garden, Budapest. In the case of Amir Gwirtzman, it would be easier to list the instruments he does not play on than to name those minimum twenty ones he invites us to dance with at any time. Amir plays solo since 2009,  his second album called "Babel Gumbo" will be released on the Budapest Folk Fest.

 


Bulgarian music, dance, wine tasting and grill dishes in Fonó

Since the agreement to disband the CMEA, we do not know much about the Bulgarians, although some interesting things are worth mentioning.  For example, one of Bulgaria's most important treasures is its music. Is it possible that aliens are listening to the song of Valja Balkanska called "Izlel e Delyu Haydutin" in their space limo, since that we have sent this song from the deck of the Voyager 1 spacecraft to the distant civilizations as part of the most beautiful cultural collection of mankind.


Free world music festival at Lake Balaton

BABEL SOUND FREE is coming!

Babel Sound will not let the summer pass without world music. On the beach of Balatonboglár there will be an amazing, cultural mess between 17-23 July, 2017. There arrives the music, the art, the taste and sweet smell of the world: the Babel Sound Free interactive world music festival.

 

In the most interactive way, and for free!


From May Babel Sound Tuesdays in Szimpla!

Simply the Babel feeling 

Last year on the Babel Sound Festival, the Szimpla Garden put on the stage named after itself a whole pack of the best musicians. In addition, they created a cool ruinpub in Balatonboglár, where there were jam sessions and dance everyday until dawn. Now, this mood comes every Tuesday to Budapest's Szimpla Garden.

 


Crazy Spanish Friday night in Fonó

Flamenco show with Pirók Zsófi and with Spanish guest artists

This time, the Sounds of Babel Sound cultural series spreads the authentic Spanish feeling, and as we are already used to it, not only music and dance, but also the gastronomy will be highlighted.  We are looking forward to see those in Fonó Buda Music House on Friday, 28th of April, 2017, who come for the joy of  music and dance, and also those who just would like to let their thoughts fly  for a night to the fabulous atmosphere of the narrow streets of Andalusia.

 


The sounds of Babel Sound in Fonó Budapest

Concert series with music, dance and tastes of different cultures

The special cultural program series started in March takes place in the Fonó Buda Music House, and so far we have known Irish, Scottish and Serbian cultures. In April and May, the excellent series continues, and we can welcome Greece, Spain, Bulgaria and Italy in our capital city. 

Check out the program below!

 


Amariszi's new CD is out now!

The 3rd album of the Balkan beats band from Holland has been released under the title Babel Fish, which remembers the hungarian Babel Sound Festival's feeling. You can hear the Balkan signature, which is cleverly and refreshingly interspersed with pop, reggae and swing.


Amariszi's new CD is out now!

The 3rd album of the Balkan beats band from Holland has been released under the title Babel Fish, which remembers the hungarian Babel Sound Festival's feeling. You can hear the Balkan signature, which is cleverly and refreshingly interspersed with pop, reggae and swing.


Babel Sound experiences 2016

Between the 19th and24th of July 2016 the Babel Sound Interactive World Music Festival in Balatonboglár/Hungary hosted performers from twenty countries of the world. The main concept of the Festival was to be an interactive meeting point of various cultures. The strongest presence was shown by the Spanish culture: 16 Spanish bands and performances with more than 50 artists took part in the Babel Sound in 2016. A lot of artists appreciated the Festival as the best music event they have ever attended.


WOMEX 2016 - we have been there

Babel Arts Management has participated at WOMEX, between the 19th-23th of October, 2016, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and at the Fira Valenciana de la Música, en Castellón de la Plana, Spain, between the 11th-13th of November. We are proud and grateful for having been part of these prestigious events.


The World Music Expo will be presented in Santiago de Compostela, Spain in October 19 to 21. We are proud to be a part of this prestigious event as exhibitor, just like last year in Budapest.

Babel Arts stand number WOMEX 2016: 2.62 We hope we'll see you there.


Babel Sound Thursday - Naked @ ELLATOház

This week: Naked from Serbia! A cutting-edge collaborative core-band with its feet firmly rooted in unique mix of global urban grooves with Balkan, world and free-jazz relishes. 


Babel Sound Festival 2016 is coming!

Babel Sound Interactive World Music Festival with colorful palette of less known international bands is here again from 19th to 24th of July. This year the festival takes place at Balatonboglár with 7 locations. You can already find some of the performers on the WEBSITE.


Thursdays with Babel Sound @ ELLATOház

Colorful variety of styles and carefully chosen bands are waiting for you every Thursday at Ellatohaz. Heralding Babel Sound Festival, the concert series contains Pandamood, A.K.T Actor Band, Naked and Cabaret Medrano in March and April arrives with KAL.

Click HERE for details.