2023 Reports

Report information will be added to the page as we receive details.
Please register and send information about 2023 World Accordion Day activies to:
Harley Jones, CIA Public Relations
Email: harleyjones.nz@yahoo.com

Australia Austria Bosnia & Herzogovina Canada
China Czech Republic France India
Iran Lithuania Mexico New Zealand
North Macedonia Poland Russia Slovenia
South Africa Spain Sweden Switzerland
Taiwan China UK USA


Date: May 6th
Venue: Accordion Society of Australia (Victoria branch), Open Studio, 204 High St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Contact: Email: anthonyjschulz@gmail.com

World Accordion Day Accordion Society of Australia (Victoria branch) Event

The Accordion Society of Australia held a special event to celebrate World Accordion Day (WAD) at Open Studio in Melbourne. All accordionists and enthusiasts are invited to come along and join in the celebrations. Anthony Schulz will entertain with his new Musette Quartet along with other accordionists who would like to play, all invited to attend.


If audience attendance is a measure of success, then the ASA’s first World Accordion Day excelled. With over 70 in attendance, Melbourne’s iconic venue Open Studio was well and truly at capacity, filled with accordion enthusiasts, lovers and performers young and not so young.

The newly formed ASA Orchestra Victoria (ASAVO) as well as the Prahran Accordion Band, played alongside French Musette and Chanson ensemble Langue de Chat as well as accordion (and mixed instrument) duos and soloists. There were performances by students who are currently preparing to go to Sydney in July to compete in the Australian National Championships as well as some of Melbourne’s best known accordionists including Dave Evans and Sofia Chapman who dropped in to join the celebration.

The sense of warmth and collegiality throughout the afternoon was terrific and the event has further propelled the ASA into the limelight as the premier organisation promoting all things to with the accordion here in Australia.

Congratulations to all the wonderful players who joined us on World Accordion Day, 2023.

Anthony Schulz
ASA (Victoria) President

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Date: May 6th, 2023
Venue: Kulturgarage VHS, Am-Ostrom-Park 18, 1220 Wien, Austria
Contact: Email: info@akkordeonclub.at

Vienna Accordion Club Favoriten (WAF), Celebrates 50th Anniversary with a World Accordion Day Concert - Austria

Information sent by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif. The Vienna Accordion Club Favoriten (WAF), conducted by Christian Höller, will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a concert on World Accordion Day (WAD).

The concert will take place at the Kulturgarage VHS in Vienna, Austria on May 6th and feature the performance of Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" arranged by Thomas Bauer.

The club was founded by Prof. Walter Maurer and May 6th was his birthday. He would have reached the age of 92 this year.

Harley Jones, CIA Public Relations anecdote: "Prof. Walter Maurer, was Secretary General of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) from 1975 to 2006. At a CIA Summer Congress, I had suggested having a World Accordion Day. The Congress liked the idea and then discussion took place about when? Prof. Walter quickly proposed 6th May, the date in 1829, that Cyrill Demian filed a patent in Vienna for the accordion. Congress approved. With a big smile, I note that Walter forgot to tell Congress that it was also his birthday!"

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Date: 6 May 2023
Venue: Victoria Accordion Club Band
Contact: Angela Williams, Vice President, Victoria Accordion Club Band, Victoria, British Columbia Canada. Ph 250-213-8007 Email: aiwillia@shaw.ca

This year, the Victoria Accordion Club Band (Victoria, British Columbia Canada) got together and celebrated; and we created this video to commemorate the event.

"If You Could Read My Mind" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. Lightfoot wrote the lyrics while he was reflecting on his own divorce. It reached No. 1 on the Canadian Singles Chart on commercial release in 1970 and charted in several other countries on international release in 1971. The Victoria Accordion Club Band presents this song with great appreciation for the musical legacy left by Gordon Lightfoot on his passing in May 2023.

The video is also created in memory of the incomparable Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who you will know passed away in May 2023.


Date: 5-6 May 2023
Venue: The Powell River Accordion Fest BC, Canada.
Contact: Karina Inkster, Co-Director of the Powell River Accordion Fest, BC, Canada

2nd Annual Powell River Accordion Festival

The 2nd Annual Powell River Accordion Festival will take place in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada on May 5th and 6th, 2023, directed by Walter Martella and Karina Inkster.

The event will begin with an opening concert featuring three accordionists and other musicians in many different groupings including a 5-piece tango band, a jazz quartet, classical and klezmer duets, and more.

The following day (May 6th) will be dedicated to World Accordion Day (WAD) with a full schedule of events including a masterclass led by Jelena Milojevic, open mic performances by accordionists of all levels, a klezmer workshop, and Accordion 101 for complete beginners.

On both days “Tempo Trend” (an accordion specialty shop based in Victoria, BC) will be featured, who will have accordion sales and repairs, sheet music, accordion accessories, and more.

Squeezebox Night wraps up the Fest with lively popular music during dinner and drinks. A full band will be joined by accordionists for the evening.

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Date: 2023
Venue: Shanghai Normal University (SHNU)
Contact: Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) China member China Accordion Association (CAA) and Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) Accordion Department, part of the 38th Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. A special concert to celebrate World Accordion Day that was part of the "Love for the City" event featuring Shanghai style music.

Video: The accordion Orchestra "China in the Light" is a brand new composition arranged by Tan Jialiang, a young accordion artist commissioned by Crystal Wang (Congyu Wang), tutor at Shanghai Normal University Accordion Department, specially for the Shanghai Normal University Accordion Orchestra to perform. The Shanghai Normal University Accordion Orchestra is conducted by Crystal Wang. Crystal Wang is also an Executive Secretary of the CAA, Chairperson of the Shanghai Accordion Teachers and a CIA Music Committee member.

"China in the Light" was part of a special "Love for the City" concert presented in Shanghai showcasing Chinese Shanghai style accordion works, guided by the concept of Shanghai style culture, exploring the source and essence of Shanghai style accordion art.

The concert showcased the characteristics of Shanghai style music with multiple unique Shanghai style accordion works. The musical skills and excellent interpretational ability of members of the Shanghai Normal University Accordion Orchestra, and the fusion of multiple art forms, highlighted multiple aspects of high level accordion art.

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Czech Republic

Date: 6-8 May 2023
Venue: Online
Contact: MgA. Jiří Lukeš Email: jiri.luk@gmail.com Website: http://accordion.cz

Czech Accordionists Association Joint Concert for World Accordion Day – Czech Republic

As a part of this year's World Accordion Day (WAD) celebration, the Association of Czech Accordionists is organizing a joint concert of students from the accordion departments of the Prague Conservatory and the Conservatory in Ceské Budejovice.

The concert presents an artistic dialogue among young Czech accordionists in the field of the Czech and world solo and chamber music. This year's event will be streamed live on Facebook (link for access via QR code on the poster above). The program of the concert will be announced soon.


Date: 6th May 2023
Venue: Hotel de la Poste, Saint Sauves d'Auvergne,
Contact: CNIMA Nathalie Boucheix and Jacques Mornet, Directors

CNIMA music school is celebrating World Accordion Day (WAD) with accordion entertainment promotion by CNIMA students, 6th May, Free admission at the Hotel de la Poste, Saint Sauves d'Auvergne, 11 am - 1pm.


Date: 6th May 2023
Venue: Online video of concert last year during book Fair at Patel Stadium, Ajmer, India.
Contact: Brij Narain Mathur Email: bnmathur1@gmail.com
The concert was arranged by the Saptak music group.

For last few years there has been no participation by India on WAD, if deemed fit my concert video from YouTube may please be included in the event of WAD 2023.
Thanks and regards.
Brij Narain Mathur

Name of performer/s:
Accordionist- Brij Narain Mathur
Key board- Narendra Jain
Bongo- Lalit Kumar Sharma
Octopad- Satish Dikshit
Announcer- Mrs. Vartika Sharma.
Accompanying artists- Gop Merani, Rajiv Saxena.


Date: 6th May 2023, 9:30 am
Venue: “Accordion on Wheels”, Vanaz Metro Station, Alkapuri Society, Kothrud, Pune, Maharashtra 411038, India
Contact: Information on poster

The United News of India featured a news item this week on the “Accordion on Wheels” celebration for World Accordion Day in India.

The event, which is part of the “Celebration on Wheels” initiative, will feature four accordionists who will perform nostalgic Hindu songs inside the Pune Metro in Pune, India, starting from the Concourse of the Vanaz Metro Station in Kothrud on May 6th, 2023.

Songs will be played inside the Metro up to the Garware Metro Station, then played again on the return journey to the Vanaz Metro Station.

Hemant Urdhwareshe, Chandu Kale and Ram Aswani will perform with guest of honour Anil Gode. Their program will include a nostalgic Marathi song related to trains.


Date: 6th May 2023
Venue: Tabriz Accordion Museum
Contact: Gholamreza Seyed Hassani, Nardin Gallery, Tabriz Accordion Museum

Accordion Day held for the first time in Iran

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Date: 6th May 2023
Venue: Augustinas Rakauskas and Laimonas Salijus at Kauno valstybinė filharmonija.
Contact: Augustinas Rakauskas and Laimonas Salijus

Augustinas Rakauskas writes: "World Accordion Day in Kaunas State Philharmonic sharing the stage with my dear colleage Laimonas Salijus who performed a wonderful premiere by composer Arvydas Malcys. Shared musical emotions with greatest musicians of the VDU Kamerinis orkestras / VMU Chamber orchestra and Maestro Vytautas Lukocius performing Bete Ilin’s “The New Tomorrow” for the very first time in Lithuania and “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin. The audience was spectacular. Thanks to everyone who came and participated, that was a great moment of shared common joy!"

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New Zealand

Date: 6th and 7th May
Venue: 6th May, St Johns Church, 44 Victoria St, Rotorua 3.00 pm.
7th May, Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Rd, Tauranga 3.30pm

Bay of Plenty Symphonia Tickets, 6th May at: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2023/concertina/rotorua
Bay of Plenty Symphonia Tickets, 7th May at: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2023/concertina/tauranga
Tickets: Adults $20 (plus fees) / 18 yrs and under FREE (no ticket required)

Grayson Masefield is featured solo artist and performs World Premiere of
- Introduction and Allegro composed by Ross Harris (New Zealand) with Bay of Plenty Symphonia, Grayson Masefield soloist;
New Zealand Premieres of
- New Tomorrow composed by Bete Ilin (Macedonia) with Bay of Plenty Symphonia, Grayson Masefield soloist;
- Tanga Revenga composed by Antonio Spaccarotella (Italy) with Bay of Plenty Symphonia, Grayson Masefield soloist;

Information from the the Bay of Plenty Symphonia website:

Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s first concert programme of 2023 is something very different – an orchestral concert with a world-acclaimed accordion soloist. The mood is light and festive with lots of variety, including the world première of a specially commissioned work. The concert will be performed twice, in Rotorua on May 6 and in Tauranga on May 7.

Rossini’s sparkling overture The Italian Girl in Algiers opens the programme with a flourish, followed by the tranquillity of Honneger’s Summer Pastorale.

Our accordion soloist is central to the program. Aucklander Grayson Masefield is a triple world champion who regularly tours internationally to perform and adjudicate. He will perform three pieces with the orchestra – two in the exhilarating nuevo tango style, and a new work by leading Kiwi composer Ross Harris. Ross himself is an accordionist so expect something exciting for this instrument! Thanks to a generous bequest, BOP Symphonia has been able to specially commission his Introduction and Allegro, for Grayson to perform at this concert. Tauranga and Rotorua audiences will be the first in the world to hear it!

Contrasting works to be played by the orchestra include Fauré’s famous Pavane, and Kurt Weill’s Little Threepenny Music, which tells the story of Mack the Knife from his Threepenny Opera. Our conductor, Justus Rozemond, has specially arranged Weill’s music for orchestra.

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North Macedonia

Date: 6 May 2023
Venue: Chamber Hall of the Philharmonic in Skopje
Contact: Report by Anica Karakutovska, Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasichna muzika” (MAA)


From the very beginning in 2009, the international project "May 6th World Accordion Day" (WAD) has been supported by the Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasichna muzika” (MAA) – Skopje with various exciting musical events and successful concerts at home and abroad.

This year, for the 15th time, the Macedonian association organized a solemn concert marking the international event and birthday celebration of our instrument. The WAD concert was held on May 6th in the Chamber Hall of the Philharmonic in Skopje, in a wonderful atmosphere.

The concert featured renowned artists and accordion students from the class of Prof. Zorica Karakutovska performing works by Semionov, Hendl, Grieg, Bete Ilin, Piazzolla etc. Host of the event was the very popular Macedonian TV presenter Ognen Janeski who also performed the Neapolitan song Santa Lucia accompanied by Prof. Zorica Karakutovska on accordion and Aleksandar Kotevski on cello.

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The culmination of the jubilee concert was the premiere performance of the composition "Macedonian Paraphrase" by Bete Ilin for accordion ensemble and percussion. The ensemble was consisted of accordion professors Zorica Karakutovska, Filip Gavrilovski, Filip Petreski, David Velkov and Gjorgje Ciric, and percussionists from the Macedonian Philharmonic, Atanas Aleksov and Blagoja Antovski.

The auditorium was occupied with a very enthusiastic audience which rewarded the musicians with well-deserved applause. The hall offers a high-quality venue which the artists fully utilized and the prolonged standing ovations at the end of the concert merited the well-deserved efforts of all the performers and organizers who took part in the WAD concert project for 2023.

At this year’s concert, MAA was privileged to have CIA President Mirco Patarini from Italy and Lyu Bin from China as special guests at the concert.

The WAD Gala Concert in the past years and 2023, has become an important cultural and artistic event, promoted as one of the most prestigious events during the month of May, in the country and also abroad, thanks to the fact that the concert is broadcast worldwide. This year the concert will be broadcast on television as a part of the celebration of the National Holiday 24th of May, Ss. Cyril and Methodius.

This project was supported by the national program of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia.


Date: 6 May 2023, 19:00 hrs. (Local time)
Venue: Radio Station: Opus 94, 94.5 FM (México City)
Contact: Antonio Barberena, Radio Station: Opus 94

Video above: For World Accordion Day, we will have a special radio program. Performers are: Stanislav Jusufovic, Yuri Sidorov, Warsaw Accordion Quintet, Oivind Farmen, Lars Karlsson, Sivuca Renato Borghetti. Broadcast on Radio Station: Opus 94, 94.5 FM (México City) at 19:00 hrs. (Local time). Greetings, Antonio Barberena.

United States of America (USA)

Date: 6-8 May 2023
Venue: World of Accordions Museum (AWAM)
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Contact: Helmi Strahl Harrington, Ph.D. Curator, Executive Director Harrington ARTS Center (HARTS) and AWAM,
For more information call (218) 393-0245 or email: aworldofaccordions@gmail.com

Further Info:

Report of event with pictures and videos

AWAM WAD poster

A World of Accordions welcomes you to our 3-Day Accordion Festival May 5-7, 2023

A World of Accordions World Accordion Day (WAD) and Palmer Festivals will take place from May 5-7, 2023 in Superior, Wisconsin at The Harrington ARTS Center, home of the A World Of Accordions Museum (AWAM).

Dr. Helmi Harrington welcomes all, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to A World of Accordions Museum. Located in magnificent upper midwest of the USA, you will find the Museum nestled in the beautiful location of Superior, WI, just minutes away from Duluth, MN. Whether you are in the nearby Minneapolis area, maybe enjoying a shopping expedition at the Mall of America, or heading north of Minneapolis towards the great vistas of upper Minnesota and Wisconsin or neighboring Canada, be sure to include a visit to the Museum as a side trip or a stopover as part of your journey. You won't be disappointed!

A World of Accordions Museum is nationally and internationally recognized as holding the world's finest and most comprehensive collection of accordion-family instruments shown in 130 plus displays organized to show chronological evolution, countries of origin, specific usage and quality classifications.“

Full schedule of events to be published. After event report to be published.

Date: May 6th and May 7th, 2023
Venue: The World of Accordions Museum
Contact: Mike Middleton

Mike Middleton World Accordion Day Performances

Dr. Mike Middleton is supporting The World of Accordions Museuma Dr Willard A Palmer Festival, held each World Accordion Day weekend.

Mike Middleton, Texan accordionist and AWAM Board member, is supporting this event with a "Myron Floren Tribute Concert". This tribute concert will include historical discussions about Myron's life, his music, and influence. Some of Myron's favorite music will be performed, including his compositions, arrangements and songs and the Lawrence Welk TV Show which was so incredibly popular across the USA.

Then, Sunday morning, May 7, 2023 members of the Museum and friends, will again join Mike Middleton with Mike & The Middletones Trio hosting a non denominational polka music service at 10 am.

Mike Middleton hopes you will support this fundraiser event for the superb A World of Accordions Museum and also take the opportunity to visit this wonderful resource for all accordion interested fans.

Date: May 6th, 2023
Venue: "Musical Expressions Accordion School", Plano, Texas.
Contact: Teacher: Elena Fainshtein and her "Musical Expressions Accordion School"
Email: elena.fainshtein@gmail.com

Elena Fainshtein and her "Musical Expressions Accordion School

May 6; celebrated World Accordion Day with Elena Fainshtein hosting a studio party and her students performing together as an accordion orchestra!

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Atlanta USA

Date: May 6th, 2023, 11 am - 3 pm
Venue: Wild Heaven Beer Garden, 135B Maple Street, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Contact: World Accordion Day - Atlanta presented by Accordionology (accordionology.com) and Village Music, Nick Edelstein, Jack Brantley

· Live Music by: Gabe Granitz / Dan Coy, Nick Edelstein… and more
· Open Jams: Bring your instrument, all are welcome!
· Mini-museum: See accordions from 1840 - 2022, up close
· Food: Mascogo Tacos Food Truck (additional cost)


Date: March 18th. The All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica is celebrated each year (on the third Saturday in March) at the Gnesins RAM Concert Hall in Moscow. The Department of Bayan and Accordion of the Gnesins RAM established the event with project manager being Friedrich Lips.
Venue: Gnesins RAM Concert Hall
Contact: Gnesins RAM, Moscow, Friedrich Lips

Further Info:

Program in English below video.

Print above poster: 2023AllRussiaPoster.pdf

The All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica is also Russia's contribution to World Accordion Day (May 6th) because that date clashes with a Russian National Holiday, so for that reason, the All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica is held in March annually.

The Department of the Bayan and Accordion of the Gnesins RAM established the event with project manager, Friedrich Lips. The aim of the event is to become part of a national cultural project.

The initiative began in 2010 and demonstrated great enthusiasm in all regions of Russia, both from amateurs and professional musicians, and resulted in a truly national celebration.

It is worth noting that throughout the twentieth century these instruments were an integral part of the life of the peoples of Russia: Russians, Tatars, Bashkir, Ukrainians and many others and that the bayan, harmonica and accordion played an important role during the World War II of 1941-1945.

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Concert dedicated to the All Russia Day of bayan, accordion and garmonica at RAM ''Gnesin'' Concert hall on 18 March 2023. 

Program in English

Download: print pdf Program in Deutsch, English and Russian with times

0:15:47 - Awarding the winners of the V All-Russian competition "Baroque music on the accordion and button accordion"

0:22:55 - Sergey Plekhanov - Cantus figuratus (variations for button accordion, celesta and chamber orchestra), soloist - Mikhail Burlakov

0:32:21 - Grigory Seredin - Pastoral and burlesque for button accordion, strings and percussion, soloist by the author.

Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Regional College of Music. S. Prokofiev, conductor - Ilya Reybarkh

Performed by students of Moscow art schools

0:44:38 - D. Millau "Brazilliera" from the suite "Scaramouche" - performed by the trio "Accord" of the Kolmogortsev sisters: Milan, Snezhan and Steshan. (Music school of the Gnessin Academy of Music, teacher Associate Professor of the Gnesin Academy of Music Shmelkov Semyon Vladimirovich)

0:47:43 - Y. Gavrilov "Fast Train" - performed by Dmitry Misharin (Moscow United Children's Art School "Kuskovo", a structural subdivision of the F. Liszt Children's Music School, teacher Evgeny Yuryevich Millin)

0:51:30 - R.N.P. "I'll go out into the street", arr. N. Gnatyuka – performed by Vladimir Romanov (Male Balakirev Children's Art School, teacher Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation Valery Dmitrievich Ershov)

0:54:51 - R. Würtner "Dark Eyes" - performed by Daniil Lugovoi (B.A. Tchaikovsky Children's Music School, teacher Mikhail Vladimirovich Yamoldin)

1:02:24 - V. Gridin "A Cossack rode across the Danube" - performed by Syromyatnikov Arseniy (Music School No. 62 named after N.A. Petrov, teacher Makarova Tatyana Alexandrovna)

1:07:18 - V. Semenov Sonatina "Francesca" in 3 parts - performed by Mikhail Losmakov (V.F. Odoevsky Children's Music School, teacher Salakhov Aidar Ildusovich)

1:14:05 - S. Rachmaninov "Italian Polka", concert arrangement by I. Yashkevich - performed by Lidia Shtukaturova (Mussorgsky Children's Music School, teacher Markova Elena Ivanovna)

1:18:45 - P. Tchaikovsky Overture from the ballet "The Nutcracker" - performed by Kirilyuk Egor (DSHI "Hope", teacher Honored Teacher of the Russian Federation Kurakin Leonid Nikolaevich)

1:22:17 - A. Na Yun Kin Concert improvisation on the theme of I. Dunaevsky's song "Captain" - performed by Stepan Puzikov (V.F. Odoevsky Children's Music School, teacher Salakhov Aidar Ildusovich)

1:29:11 - E. Derbenko Variations on the theme of the Russian folk song "Near the river, near the bridge" - performed by Ivan Perov, accordion (V.S. Kalinnikov Children's Art School, teacher Igor Kozlov)

1:33:50 - A. Nekrasov "Poem of Passions" - performs the duet "Fusion" consisting of: Ilona Savina (accordion) and Nikita Ukrainsky (bayan)

1:44:10 - D. Scarlatti Sonata in D major - performed by the winner of the 2023 All-Russian competition for the best performance of baroque music on bayan and accordion Lin Jinghan (bayan)

1:52:50 - S. Rachmaninov Etude-picture No. 4 - performed by a trio consisting of: Teymur Kuliev (domra), Yulia Kuznetsova (domra) and Lin Jinghan (bayan)

2:01:05 - S. Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5 2nd movement "Allegro marcato" - performed by a trio consisting of: Ilona Savina (accordion), Nikita Ukrainsky (bayan) and Alexander Nekrasov (accordion)

2:01:05 - V. Chernikov "Apple" - performed by Robert Alevetdinov (bayan)

2:05:30 - A. Belyaev "Donetsk ballad" - performs a duet consisting of: Anastasia Zakharova (domra) and Mikhail Chernov (bayan)

2:52:50 - E. Derbenko "Cossack dance" - performed by the ensemble of harmonists of the department "National Instruments of the Peoples of Russia" consisting of: Anton Popov, Anton Lukyanovsky, Pavel Andreev and a student of the Children's Art School. V.S. Kalinnikova Ivan Perov

Chairman of the Organizing Committee - Rector of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Gnesinykh, laureate of the Russian Government Prize, Honorary Worker of Education of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Arts, Professor A.S. Ryzhinsky

Artistic Director - People's Artist of the Russian Federation, Head of the Accordion Bayan Department, Professor F.R. Lips

The director of the festival is Candidate of Art History, Associate Professor A.A. Gataullin

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Venue: Festivalna dvorana Bled (Bled Festival Hall), Cesta svobode 11, 4260 Bled, Slovenia.
Contact: Bled 2023 Zlata (Golden) Accordion Competition, organised by Janez Fabijan. https://bled.tv/zlata-harmonika-bled2023/

Bled 2023 Zlata (Golden) Accordion Competition

DEUTSCH: Der traditionelle Gorenjska-Akkordeonwettbewerb für diatonisches Akkordeonspiel, der seit 30 Jahren in Besnica stattfindet, wird dieses Jahr nach Bled verlegt. Er wird live übertragen und kann auch online verfolgt werden. Der Goldene Akkordeonwettbewerb Bled ist Teil der Feierlichkeiten zum Weltakkordeontag, der seit 2009 jedes Jahr am 6. Mai begangen wird. Am 6. Mai 1829 patentierte Cyrill Demian in Wien das erste Akkordeon.

Der Wettbewerb für Akkordeonisten (das Wort Akkordeonist wird sowohl für Männer als auch für Frauen verwendet) auf dem diatonischen Akkordeon wird nach einem festen Zeitplan im Festspielhaus in Bled stattfinden. Das Publikum kann den Wettbewerb live im Saal und über Videolinks verfolgen und per SMS für den Publikumspreis abstimmen.

Der Wettbewerb wird unter folgendem Link gestreamt: https://bled.tv/zlata-harmonika-bled2023/. Der Akkordeonwettbewerb Goldenes Akkordeom Bled (Goldenes Akkordeon) ist auch eine Vorauswahl für den 9. nationalen Wettbewerb im diatonischen Akkordeonspiel, der im November 2023 stattfinden wird und vom ZDHS organisiert wird. Der Wettbewerb wird in 8 Alterskategorien.

Laden Sie hier Informationen zum Wettbewerb herunter: 2023BledCompetition.pdf

ENGLISH: The traditional Gorenjska Accordion Competition for diatonic accordion playing, which has been held in Besnica for 30 years in Besnica, will be moved to Bled this year. It will be broadcast live and can also be followed online. The Golden Accordion Competition Bled is part of the celebration of World Accordion Day, which has been celebrated every year on May 6 since 2009. On 6. May 1829, Cyrill Demian patented the first accordion in Vienna.

The competition for accordionists (the word accordionist is used for both men and women) on the diatonic accordion will take place according to a fixed schedule in the Festival Hall in Bled. The audience can watch the competition live in the hall and via video links and vote by SMS for the audience prize.

The Golden Accordion Bled competition is also a pre-selection for the 9th National Accordion Competition in diatonic accordion playing, which will be held in November 2023 and will be organized by the ZDHS. The competition will be held in 8 age categories.

Download competition information here: 2023BledCompetition.pdf

South Africa

Date: May 7th, 2023, 15:00 South African time
Venue: Drostdy Theatre, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Contact: For details email: info@drostdyteater.co.za

Tickets: R120 per person available on

Accordionists Stanislav Angelov (picture left) and Louis Verwey (picture right) and Andre van Vuuren have organised a World Accordion Day Concert at the Drostdy Theatre in Stellenbosch, South Africa on May 7th, 2023.

Attendees will “experience the versatility and beauty of the accordion with an enchanting mix of music from various genres, performed by students and professional accordionists. Get ready to be wowed by their skill and passion for music. We believe that it will be an exceptional event.”

“This event is perfect for anyone who loves music, culture, and community. Bring your friends and family for an unforgettable afternoon of beautiful melodies and performances.”

Here are the names of some of the performers:


Date: May 4th, 5th, 6th, 2023
Venue: May 4th, La Musica
May 5th, Concert by Bert van den Brink
May 6th, VI Aris del Puerto Competition
Contact: Maite Castro del Puerto
Asociación Musical de Acordeonistas "El Sámbano". Email: a.elsambano@gmail.com

May 4th

May 5th

May 6th

Three events have been organised at the Sala Rio Selmo in Ponferrada, Castilla and Leon, Spain, to celebrate World Accordion Day as follows:

- May 4th, 2023: “La Musica” variety evening organised by the Asociación Musical de Acordeonistas "El Sámbano". See poster above.

- May 5th 2023: Concert by Bert van den Brink at 8pm. See poster above.

- May 6th: VI Aris del Puerto Competition for Accordionists, promoted by the family of Aris del Puerto to pay tribute and recognition to her, the educational values she transmitted and her desire of having learnt to play the accordion. This event is organized by the Aris del Puerto family and the Asociación Musical de Acordeonistas "El Sámbano". See poster above.


World Accordion Day at Karlssons Musik in Fjärås, Sweden!
Date: May 6th, 2023
Venue: Karlssons Musik in Fjärås, Sweden!

World Accordion Day at Karlssons Musik in Fjärås, Sweden!

Very nice "World Accordion Day" at our company today!

Full of people in this wonderful spring weather and brilliant music entertainment by Beiron Hultman and Håkan Andersson & Claes Ottelid!

Now newly set up & newly painted old accordion in our "accordion tree" - this time in the delicious color mix lush green with black details.

Picture Gallery

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Now it's time again to invite you to an open house in our shop for the celebration of World Accordion Day! As usual, we have a couple of different artists performing during the day and it will be on 2 different occasions.

This year there will be a small "Accordionist of the Year theme" and we have the pleasure of presenting this year's artists: Håkan Andersson who performs together with guitarist Claes Ottelid and Beiron Hultman.

The store will be “open house” with different artists performing during the day: Håkan Andersson who performs together with guitarist Claes Ottelid and Beiron Hultman.

Beiron was voted by the members of SDR (Sveriges Dragspelares Riksförbund) as "Dragspelare of the Year" in Sweden 2022 and Håkan was voted 2023, so it is the last two who received this honorable title that we will experience on the same stage in Fjärås. We will present the artists in this event in a little more detail in the future


Of course, we offer coffee and cookies during the day and we will have some special offers. We open the store at 10, we start the event at 11 with coffee service and the various performances will be at 12 and 14:30.
Warmly welcome everyone!


Date: May 6th, 2023 13:00 hours
Venue: Stockholm, Kulturhuset Fanfaren Farsta
Contact: Email: olga.vetosjkina@edu.stockholm.se

We will celebrate World Accordion Day in Stockholm the 6-th May 13 o’clock with a big concert where children and youth from different music schools are going to play solos and ensembles. Our special guests this year are 2 students from Ukraine.


Date: May 6th, 2023
Venue: Hotel Weisses Kreuz in Lyss, 20.00 Uhr, Türöffnung: 18.45 Uhr, Eintritt CHF 15.-, Kinder bis 16 Jahre gratis.
Contact: Akkordeon Spielring Lyss

Accordion Orchestra Lyss concert with special guest Stas Venglevski (USA).

Der Akkordeon Spielring Lyss lädt in diesem Jahr an einem ganz besonderen Tag zum Jahreskonzert ein. Am Welt Akkordeon Tag wird auf der ganzen Welt unser Instrument gefeiert. Da darf ein Star Akkordeonist nicht fehlen. Stas Venglevski wird uns und auch sie an diesem Abend mit seiner Kunst verzaubern. Das Akkordeon-Orchester, die Oldies-Gruppe, das VIVA MUSICA und die Happy-Juniors sind auch mit dabei. Wenn Verliebte ihre Finger über ihr geliebtes Instrument gleiten lassen

Das Orchester unterhält das Publikum mit verschiedenen bekannten Stücken wie Gershwin Classics, die Amsel-Polka, Thank you for the Music und vielen mehr. Das Solo Stück Accordeon Joe wird von Stas Venglevski gespielt und vom Orchester begleitet. Die Oldies-Gruppe wird auch dabei sein und mit ihren stimmungsvollen Stücken das Akkordeon feiern. Das VIVA MUSICA mit den Happy-Juniors sagen da nur "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!" und rocken das Akkordeon zu diesem besonderen Tag mit voller Leidenschaft. Wir freuen uns mit Ihnen auf einen unvergesslichen WELT AKKORDEON TAG.

Other concert dates of Stas Venglevski tour of Switzerland:
• April 22nd at 6.30pm: Innerschwiizer Lander Sternstund
• April 23rd at 4pm: Reformed Church Feuerthalen with Nicolas Senn (Dulcimer)
• April 28th at 8.15pm: Solo concert at Alte Muhle Huttwil
• April 29th at 8pm: Reformierte Kirche Krauchthal with vocal trio of Erwin Schneider, Alex Metzger and R Schaffer
• April 30th at 4pm: Schloss Wyher Ettiswil with Dani Hausler (clarinet)
• May 3rd at 8pm: Solo concert at Lüscher Musik AG, Oftringen
• May 6th at 8pm: Concert with the Accordion Orchestra Lyss at Hotel Weisses Kreuz, Lyss.


Date: 6th May 2023 at 8 pm
Venue: "Colorful Accordionists" Chäferchäuer Kultur & Bistro in Herzogenbuchsee Switzerland
Contact: "Colorful Accordionists" Email: colorful@accordionists.ch

"Colorful Accordionists" Concert for World Accordion Day - Switzerland

The “Colorful Accordionists” will perform a concert to celebrate World Accordion Day (WAD) at the Chäferchäuer Kultur & Bistro in Herzogenbuchsee Switzerland on May 6th, 2023 at 8pm.

The group consists of accordionists Christian Hadorn, Dragan Miletic, Christian Besmer, Brigitte Meier and Andreas Steiner (bass accordion).

Their program will include works from “four centuries and music written by Swiss accordion pioneers” including Vivaldi, Beethoven, Schubert, Bizet, Rachmaninoff, Swiridow, Thöni, Tschannen, Zaugg, Bui and Wild.

UK - United Kingdom

Date: Sunday 14th May 2023 10 am to 5 pm
Venue: The Hall at Marthall, Knutsford, WA16 7SB
Contact: Steve Hughes 07939 362294
Information about the event, tutors and performers: Knutsford.pdf