Helmi Harrington Honoured with "Citizen of the Year" Award – USA

HelmiJane and HelmiVideo: Presentation to Dr. Helmi Harrington, Superior, Wisconsin - Citizen of the Year.

Picture left: Helmi Harrington with instruments from the museum collection.
Picture right: Jane Christison, Secretary of the AWAM and Helmi Harrington, museum Founder, Curator, and President of the Board of AWAM.

On May 30th, 2024, Helmi Harrington, PhD, founder and curator of A World of Accordions Museum (AWAM) was named the Citizen of the Year by the City of Superior, Wisconsin, USA.

Helmi was given a key to the city by Mayor Jim Paine. This award has only been given out a few times, and all of us at A World of Accordions are so proud of her and all her hard work over the years building the incredible accordion family of instruments collections housed at A World of Accordions Museum.


1st Akademia Inspiracji (Academy of Inspiration) Courses and Concerts – Poland

Wiesław OchwatThe 1st Akademia Inspiracji (Academy of Inspiration), which will include courses and concerts for a variety of instruments including accordion, will be held in Niepolomice, Poland from August 21st to 25th, 2024. The artistic director of the event is Dr. Barbara Borowicz-Saldan.

Accordionist Wieslaw Ochwat (Poland - picture right) will run the accordion classes at the event, whch will include solo instrument lectures and group lectures and concerts.


Cambridge Folk Festival – UK

TaliskRum RaggedThe Cambridge Folk Festival will be held at the Cherry Hinton Hall in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK from July 25th to 28th, 2024, organised by the Cambridge City Council.

“The festival is a treasure trove of opportunity to transform your weekend into so much more” and features a variety of concerts, workshops, instrument making, storytelling, song writing and music making.



2024 Australian International Accordion Championships & Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary – Australia

AATA logoJulieThe 2024 Australian International Accordion Championships & Festival will celebrate their 30th anniversary this year at the Club Five Dock RSL in Five Dock, New South Wales, Australia on June 8th and 9th, 2024, organised by AATA President, Tatjana Marx.

In addition to the competition, the event will feature a Masterclass with Anthony Schulz and a a Gala Concert with performances by Julie Accordion (picture right), JAGA Band (picture below) and the “Funkordion” Accordion Ensemble.

Download event program here: 2024AATA-Program.pdf


JAGA band

2024 South Pacific and New Zealand Accordion Association Championships & Festival Daily Reports - New Zealand

NZAA Daily Reports
The New Zealand Accordion Association held their annual South Pacific Accordion Championships and Festival on Saturday 1st June at the superb Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom, Auckland.

Daily Reports: Videos and pictures of competitors, concerts and the results are online at: 2024SouthPac


National Accordion Awareness Month - USA

June is “National Accordion Awareness Month”. The event was established in 1989 to highlight the accordion’s musical versatility and promote a greater understanding of our instrument.

This celebration has a specific purpose — to educate people about the beauty of accordion music and acknowledge its contribution to culture around the world.


26th Nurmes Summer Music & Summer Academy - Finland

26th Nurmes Summer Music & Summer Academy
The 26th Nurmes Summer Music & Summer Academy festival will be held in Nurmes, Finland from June 29th to July 7th, 2024.

The event will feature a variety of concerts, workshops and masterclasses.

Concert accordionist and composer, Veli Kujala will hold an accordion and improvisation workshop on July 2nd.


New and Updated Sites

2024 Coupe Mondiale Online Entry System Now Open - Finland / Italy

Coupe Mondiale header
Mirco Patarini, Kimmo Mattila, Federica CelestiCoupe Mondiale posterCIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila announces that the 2024 Coupe Mondiale online entry system is now open for entries to the 77th Coupe Mondiale from the 2024 General Competition Rules page: 2024CM-Rules

CIA President Mirco Patarini invites the nearly 50 CIA members to register delegates to the 152nd International Congress of Delegates which meets twice in Castelfidardo. President Patarini also invites competitors from all nations to please lodge their entries well before the closing date to assist the organisers for what will certainly be a great Coupe Mondiale.


World Accordion Day (WAD) Gala Concert 2024, "Museum of the Macedonian Struggle" in Skopje - North Macedonia

Stage with WAD banners
Zorica KarakutovskaThis year, for the 16th time the Macedonian Association of Accordionists (MAA) “Ljubiteli na klasichna muzika”– Skopje supported the CIA international project "May 6th World Accordion Day (WAD)" with various exciting musical events.

The association organized a concert celebrating this international event and birthday celebration of the accordion. The WAD concert was held on May 20th in the "Museum of the Macedonian Struggle" in Skopje.

The WAD concert was postponed because of the Easter holidays, which this year coincided with May 6th when we traditionally celebrated the birthday of the accordion. We were then happy to attract our loyal audience to the WAD concert on May 20th. Read the full photo report of this concert with many pictures at: 2024Macedonia


Magnificent Hall

CNIMA Summer Accordion Workshops – France

The CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix will hold summer workshops for all ages, levels and styles in St-Sauves d'Auvergne, France as follows:


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