searching for melancholy through the Balkan & Mediterranean
July – September 2022
A quest for melancholy
This summer, Belgian violonist and composer Wouter Vandenabeele travels to the Balkans, Greece, South Italy, Catalonia, Andalusia and Galicia, searching for the melancholic soul in music. During three months he and other travel companions will reach out to local musicians and get in dialogue with minority groups.
Melancholy connects people throughout the ages and cultures. Its ambivalent nature is characteristic: sorrow accompanied by comfort or hope, pain accompanied by beauty or joy. In this Hiraeth project, we are therefore floating on the melancholy that can be found as an atmosphere in just about all musical cultures, but which is mainly characteristic of the southern European musical cultures (Saudade, Flamenco blues, Balkan music, etc.). This music refers to a bittersweet longing for something hopeful that is absent and can never be fully present.
Sunday 26 June 2022
Monday 27 June 2022
Kranj - Ljubljana - Lasko - Šišan
Monday 27 June - Wednesday 6 July 2022
Pazin - Pula
Wednesday 6 July 2022 - Tuesday 12 July 2022
Mostar - Sarajevo
Tuesday 12 July - Sunday 17 July 2022
Gjirokastër - Durrës - Sarandë
Sunday 17 July - Saturday 23 July 2022
Pélla - Xanthe - Stavroupoli - Nea Filadelfeia
Saturday 23 - Tuesday 30 July 2022
Manduria - San Marzano di San Giuseppe - Lecce
Tuesday 30 July - Friday 5 August 2022
Frazzanò - Barcellona-Pozzo Di Gotto
Friday 5 - Sunday 7 August 2022
Sunday 21 - Sunday 28 August 2022
San Marco Argentano - Firmo
Sunday 7 - Wednesday 10 August 2022
Talavà - Torpè
Saturday 13 - Saturday 20 August 2022
After three months the big Hiraeth tour comes to an end. At the end of September 2022 the traveling companion will arrive back in Belgium with souvenirs, a car trunk full of photos, films, music recordings, impressions and a whole lot more. The glorious final stop will be in Ghent and Leuven for a big party together with some musical friends from along the way. And the story continues… with a concert tour in Belgium. Don’t miss these unique concerts!
8 July 2023 Brosella Festival
7 July 2023 Het Groot Verlof
1 October 2022 Merodefestival
30 September 2022 Ha Concerts (première)
29 September 2022 Atelier Gent 74 (try-out)
Follow the journey!
noun, origin Welsh
a homesickness for a place you can no longer return to, or that was never was; a feeling of nostalgia or yearning for something that no longer exists
Let's meet the international musicians
Support the project
Do you want to support the project? You can make a donation to the account number BE712900 1660 1569 mentioning ‘Hiraeth’. All support is welcome. Thanks a lot!