Toks Dada announced as guest curator Wonderfeel 2021
On July 16 through 18, 2021, the seventh – and corona-proof – edition of the Wonderfeel Festival will take place. The Netherlands’ biggest outdoor festival for classical music has a very diverse programme: from baroque to minimal, from classical hits to brand new melodies, from solos to symphonies, with touches of jazz, pop, and non-Western music. The festival has added a British touch for 2021, in the form of guest curator Toks Dada, the rising star of Great-British classical music.
Toks Dada is currently the Classical Programme Manager for the Town Hall Symphony Hall of Birmingham. He is also a board director of the Welsh National Opera and advisor at PRS for Music Foundation, the most important financier of new music and talent development in the United Kingdom. Wonderfeel knows Dada as a tireless advocate of the importance of innovation, cooperation, and diversity as essential ingredients of a vital cultural sector. He is not only active as a speaker and advisor, but also publishes opinion pieces on his own blog, among other platforms.
Wonderfeel is inspired not only by outstanding Dutch musicians, but by ensembles and musicians from across Europe. During our search for new discoveries, all throughout Europe, we’ve noticed the significant influence of the changing political climate. Musicians are limited, or at the very least influenced, by it – in their freedom of movement, in their educational possibilities, and in the places they can perform. In each coming edition, Wonderfeel will dedicate one of its programmes to a European country. By programming the new musical crop from different countries, the festival presents a new realization to its visitors: that cultural diversity enriches. Toks Dada will shape 2021’s focus on Great Britain, and use the post-Brexit harvest to show the resilience of the British musical landscape.
In his own words: “I’m delighted to be appointed as guest curator for Wonderfeel 2021. Wonderfeel represents an increasingly important part of the future of classical music – taking music out of the concert hall and being more embedded within wider society. Following an incredibly challenging year for the arts globally, I cannot wait to return to curating experiences for audiences whilst collaborating with UK artists working at the forefront of developing new ways to present classical music.”
Vital cultural sector
Wonderfeel has consciously sought out this new international cooperation. Naturally, the festival will adhere to the current and coming corona measures. Both nationally and internationally, the cultural sector has been excessively affected by the pandemic. Music is an international language that has never been contained by country borders. Now is the time to foster and strengthen connections, and by doing so the festival aims to protect the rich musical diversity, and to invest in an essential sector.
Toks Dada will be a member of the artistic team for the coming edition of Wonderfeel, other members of which include Masa Spaan (Ongehoord, also programmer of De Doelen), Shane Burmania (White Label, also programmer of Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and Korzo), Loes Rusch (De Schuur, jazz expert), Samme Raeymaekers (dance, artistic director Dansens Hus Oslo), Maria Barnas (Dichter onder de Boom), and the directors Georges Mutsaerts and Tamar Brüggemann (Het Veld, SOLO, and Weeshuis van de Hits).