Festivals from across the world are sharing their compassion and solidarity in the Wonderfeel initiative Festivals for Compassion. The Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki wrote a solo piece specifically for these days of corona. Every participating festival chooses their own artist and instrument.
The piece was premiered on June 20th, during the Holland Festival on Dutch radio station NPO Radio 4. The Flemish radio station Klara carried the torch the next day. After that, the piece set out on its compassionate relay across Europe, and later the globe, from festival to festival.
Over 55 partners have joined this estafette, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Helsinki Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Opera Days Rotterdam, and the Thüringer Bachwochen. Various artists have created over 45 performances of Thin Air, sharing the piece with a global audience.
Thomas Dulfer performed Thin Air on bassoon on behalf of Wonderfeel. You can watch his performance here.
Festivals for Compassion is an initiative by the Wonderfeel festival, inspired by and in collaboration with Flag for Compassion.