UPBEAT is the European showcase platform for world music. The 14 current members of the UPBEAT platform can draw support for booking up-and-coming bands, international artists, or even new collaborations. With UPBEAT’s help, members can meet their sustainability goals, and organize professional events, conferences, and more.


UPBEAT mission is to foster a forward-thinking and thriving world music industry in Europe.


  • NEW TALENT – UPBEAT focuses on up-and-coming European music industry artists. We make it much easier for our member festivals to book performances by new talents without having to worry about the risk. We support festivals in adding up-and-coming artists, international bands and collaborations to their lineup.
  • NATIVE LANGUAGE – UPBEAT supports music in the original language from Europe, a continent with as many as 200 spoken languages, all unique and rich with culture. UPBEAT’s support extends to any music that is currently being created within Europe.
  • SUSTAINABILITY – UPBEAT supports European festivals and music communities in reaching their sustainability goals. There’s no future without music, and no music without a plan to make it more sustainable than it is now.
  • NETWORK OF PROFESSIONALS – With UPBEAT, events for industry professionals and stakeholders are easier and less costly to organize. World music experts based in Europe have a lot to offer – our networks need to be tighter as we look for business solutions within arm’s reach. UPBEAT supports professional events at showcase festivals, from networking to in-depth conferences. The goal is simple: collaboration.


Folkest Showcase for international emerging artists in the field of world music is a new section of the festival program. It will take place from 30th of June to the 2nd of July, 2023. On the stage of the Castle Park in San Daniele del Friuli (UD).
8 emerging European artists will be selected by an international jury for the Folkest Showcases, at one of the most important Folk Festivals in Southern Europe.

The selected artists will be seen and heard by international agents, festival programmers, music curators and our festival audience! They will have the opportunity to get feedback from industry professionals, to expand their professional relationships and also to have opportunities to be hired for future performances and participate in Folk Clinics. Folkest Festival and Showcase is a member of UPBEAT – European Platform for Showcases of World Music. Our showcase program is supported by Upbeat, the Friuli Venezia Venezia Giulia Region, Giulia and the Municipality of San Daniele del Friuli.

Deadline: 01/03/2023

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