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2005 CIA Winter Congress
Friday 28th January - Sunday 30th January, 2005
Den Helder, Netherlands

Host: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Accordeon & Mondharmonica (NOVAM)
Review of the 2005 Winter Congress, Den Helder - Netherlands
Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Executive Committee, Music Committee and members met during two days of meetings at the 113th General Assembly of Delegates in Den Helder, Netherlands, last weekend. Guests of the CIA Member in the Netherlands - NOVAM (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Accordeon & Moundharmonica) - the annual Winter Congress was organized by former CIA Vice President Frans De Bie, who also serves as the NOVAM Public and International Relations Officer.

Meetings included work on the upcoming CIA Coupe Mondiale, which will take place October 25th to 30th 2005 in Castelo Branco, Portugal, hosted by CIA Member from Portugal, the Conservatorio Regional de Castelo Branco. Details and schedules were presented by organizer Carlos Semedo, who is coordinating all activities for the Coupe Mondiale in Castelo Branco.

Portuguese Delegate Paulo Ferreira was appointed a 2005 Honorary CIA Vice President for his work in organizing the Coupe Mondiale. (picture left to right Carlos Semedo, 2004 Organiser Frederic Deschamps and Paulo Ferreira. The Test Piece for the 2005 Coupe Mondiale 'O Medo Do Ritmo', is a work by Portuguese composer Carlos Marecos, and will be available complimentary to all interested accordionists on the CIA Website in about one week.

Plans for future CIA activities were also presented including details on the upcoming Winter Congress in Ikaalinen, Finland, March 3rd to 6th 2006, where the CIA will officially open its Archives as well as participate in the Finnish Accordion Association annual cruise between Finland and Sweden.

The Winter Congress in Finland will conclude the yearlong celebrations marking the 70th Anniversary of the CIA, which was originally founded in Paris in 1935 as the Association Internationale des Accordeonistes.

Mr. Kjell Olsen, President of the CIA Member Norske Trekkspilleres Landsforbund (NTL) reported on the 3,000 strong Norwegian Accordion Association activities.

The NTL is the 2006 Coupe Mondiale Organizer and Mr Lars Arnevig, immediate Past President of the NTL, gave a powerpoint presentation of the plans for the Coupe Mondiale in Asker, Norway (near Oslo), which will take place from October 18th to 22nd 2006. (picture Lars Arnevig, CIA President Kevin Friedrich and Kjell Olsen).

NOVAM Founder presented CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion Award

One of the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Accordeon & Moundharmonica (NOVAM) founders, Mr. Hank Oost (Netherlands), was presented with the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Honored Friend of the Accordion Award during the NOVAM Dinner ceremony at the recent CIA Winter Congress and General Assembly of Delegates in Den Helder, Netherlands.

Currently serving as NOVAM Treasurer, Mr. Oost was recognised for his outstanding service to the accordion field in the Netherlands. Mr Oost's achievements have included coordinating the joining of four accordion associations into the one national organization (NOVAM), helping commissioning several new works for accordion, some of which served as test pieces for the CIA Coupe Mondiale, as well as numerous educational and concert activities during his 50 year accordion career.

Friday - January 28th

  • 1:00 PM - Executive Committee Meeting
  • 5:00 PM - General Assembly

Saturday - January 29th

  • 9:00 AM - Music Committee Meeting
  • 11:00 AM - General Assembly Meeting
  • 4:00 PM - NOVAM Concert
  • 8:00 PM - Opening of CIA 70th Anniversary
    Dinner hosted by NOVAM

Sunday - January 30th

  • Breakfast and Departure - Optional Sightseeing
    details to be announced

Hotel Contact Information:
The Forest Hotel
Julianaplein 43
Den Helder,
Phone: +223 - 614858

Hotel Information:
Directly opposite the Railway Station in Den Helder, on the right hand side.

Travel Connections:
1 hour by train from Amsterdam (Schiphol) Airport -

The trains leave at 01 minutes after the hour and at 31 minutes after the hour from platform 1 at Schiphol Airport (direction Amsterdam).

You must change trains at Amsterdam Sloterdijk (the second station after leaving Schiphol Railway Station).

At Amsterdam Sloterdijk, choose platform 12 in the direction of Alkmaar/Den Helder. The trains leaves at 25 minutes after the hour and at 55 minutes after the hour.

The Foresthotel is in the square in front of the railwaystation on your right hand side.

Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) - General Secretary
Dietrichgasse 51/19, A - 1030, Vienna, AUSTRIA   Phone/Fax: +43 1-712 0960   E-mail: icaccordions@netway.at

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