Already in 2011 I came up with the idea to bring together all the great colleagues who I met on concerts, festivals or just on Youtube on one stage. I found auxiliaries in Freepsum, so the association „Landkultur Freepsum e. V.“ and I realized the first international guitar festival at their venue in september of the same year.
We had six acts on only one day, which was quite a marathon concert. But nevertheless we got such an overwhelming feedback that there were no other options than turning this festival into an annual event. Since then, the festival grew constantly, was completed with workshops and an open stage and arranged on two festival days. It is wonderful to see, how the festival became a meeting place of a still growing big „family“ of guitar ethusiasts from all over Germany, the Netherlands and beyond.
Together with Philipp Wiechert I form the artistic direction of the festival since 2012. In the first 10 year we could bring many of our favourite artists from all around the globe to Freepsum, such as Petteri Sariola (FI), Brooks Robertson (USA), Jaimi Faulkner (AUS), Trevor Gordon Hall (USA), Okapi (JP), Claire Besson (FRA), Christian Buchmann (D), Erkin Cavus (TUR), Reentko Dirks (D), Emil Ernebro (SWE), Bjarke Falgren (DK), Shane Hennessy (IRE), David Lindorfer (AUT), Jule Malischke (D) and many more.
Every year the festival takes place on the first weekend of September in the wonderfully restored „Kultur-Gulfhof“, the location of the association „Landkultur Freepsum e. V.“ which makes the festival an unforgettable event every year with such commitment and dedication.
We hope that the festival will persist for a long time and will still give us many musical highlights at one of Europe´s lowermost spots.
photos: Birgit Giering, 2019