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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #40 on: December 11, 2012, 12:42:36 PM »

I am reliably informed, (coincidentally dealing with something sort of related myself), that what you need to look at is a "long stay visa".

Thanks for the tip. After an initial disappointment I have begun to adjust my thinking.

If a Belgium long stay visa doesn't happen, the consolation prize may be spending three months in Shengen land for accordeon diatonique stuff, followed by a leisurely jaunt through the UK (which allows visitors a relatively generous six months) for melodeon stuff.

By then it might be getting chilly so I'd overwinter in the Bahamas, which is a bit warmer and doesn't object to sailors hanging around, even with a button box. Anyone planning to be in the islands this winter or next? We could help jump start a musical tradition.

Then when the Shengen clock had ticked, I could continue my studies in Ghent. It's not what I had imagined, but could work I suppose.
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #41 on: December 15, 2012, 11:36:16 AM »

Has anyone attended Raiz D'Aldeia? I'm considering whether to add it to my must-do list. I stumbled across some videos that sparked my interest:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wSf-EukaGk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK9aly4VpTc

Google Translate says that the 2013 Raiz D'Aldeia 26-30 June 30, will be in January Cima, Fundão, Portugal. Would I be totally lost with English as an only language? How might one attend without an automobile and a tent?

Are there other events in Portugal and Spain that I might consider taking in along the way or instead? As in "Video of a jam and some moments of a Music Festival in Castro Verde, Portugal this Carnival":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktRu10ZpM48
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #42 on: July 06, 2013, 10:53:52 AM »

I've settled into Ghent and am having a ball, literally. My first dance is in Sint Niklaas town square next week with Wim Clayes on melodion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ6QMzfYNlk and me whispering "one, two, three, ma, zur, ka" during the introductory session that precedes the Folk Ball.

loafingaboard.blogspot.com is my virtual postcard from Ghent, Belgium. All the sage advice melnetters contributed in response to my question about where to study has been invaluable in finding a town, an apartment, a teacher, and other players. Thanks again. I couldn't have done it without you.

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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #43 on: July 06, 2013, 03:43:51 PM »

Colour me envious, Doc.  Very very cool.
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #44 on: July 06, 2013, 05:19:13 PM »

Are you coming to Gooik, doc? If you need a lift I think Peter Libbrecht may be coming over (no promises). Several other Gentse players are already here.
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #45 on: July 06, 2013, 07:01:12 PM »

I'll be there. Look for me at Naragonia's event.

I'm wearing a Tilly hat -- looks like a green bush fedora type hat, sort of. If that doesn't do it, my navy polo has SKILLS embroidered on the pocket. If that doesn't do it, you really did enjoy the beer and I'll find you.

I have train tickets and a bus pass we but might try to cage a ride back to one of the Brussels train stations if someone is going that way.
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #46 on: July 21, 2013, 01:39:00 PM »

We are enjoying the Ghent Festival (or Gentse Feesten, which we struggle to pronounce) and attending the Boombal each evening. If anyone else is here in Ghent for the Festival do say. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Last night at the Baudelohof -- a park about 5 minutes walk from our flat -- the band (Zigo) included Sophie Cavez and Pablo Golder, she on bass guitar and he on diatonic. The music, the scene, the dancing; I had to pinch myself now and then just to be sure it was real. Wow.

I've posted virtual postcards on loafingaboard.blogspot.com.

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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #47 on: July 21, 2013, 08:58:02 PM »

Famously good quality. Recommended to me but not yet got there:sort of hoped on the way back from Embraud next week, buy in the end decided to stay in central France, and haven't bought a retun ticket. The canicule may yet dissuade me, but look like weather may break :Ph
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #48 on: July 22, 2013, 02:00:20 AM »

might try vrbo.com
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #49 on: July 22, 2013, 08:33:38 AM »

Hi Doc, read your posts and was a little envious. Clicked the link to your blog and made it much worse! You lucky thing! Your trip looks fantastic! Bob
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #50 on: July 22, 2013, 09:30:13 AM »

Hi Doc, read your posts and was a little envious. Clicked the link to your blog and made it much worse! You lucky thing! Your trip looks fantastic! Bob

My sentiments entirely. ... I'm deeply, deeply envious.   Enjoy the rest of it.

Best wishes

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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #51 on: July 22, 2013, 08:02:22 PM »

I've played the main stage at the Ghent Festival - just had to slide that in as unlikely to play the melodeon out ever at current rate of progress.  :(
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #52 on: July 23, 2013, 06:40:25 AM »

Thanks again to Chris Ryall for suggesting Ghent as a place to hang about for the summer. It has proven to be one of our favorite cities and the Festival is beyond anything I had imagined.

Now I face a cruel dilemma. In August Ghent's Boombal interferes with the Stageconcerten Gooik and I do want to attend both, being torn between melodion mazurka and foot mazurka. Oh dear.

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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #53 on: July 23, 2013, 01:19:37 PM »

Foot mazurka will help your melodeon mazurka tremendously......
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #54 on: July 25, 2013, 06:18:14 PM »

Foot mazurka will help your melodeon mazurka tremendously......

I believe you are right. I've heard good things about the dance stage prior to Ghent Boombal. I registered for accordion stage in Gook but haven't heard back. Perhaps it is fate talking, or not answering.
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #55 on: July 25, 2013, 09:12:08 PM »

"Stage " meaning course here? At least, it does in French and Flemish
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #56 on: July 26, 2013, 06:52:27 AM »

"Stage " meaning course here? At least, it does in French and Flemish

Yes, as in http://muziekmozaiek.be/index.php?onderdeel=3991&titel=Stage+Volksmuziek
. Leen Devyver kindly inquired about Wim Claeys Intermmediate Stage and found that there were places. I've not heard back about my registration, which may mean that those who would answer are busy at Ghent Festival.

It overlaps Nastasia Stein's dance course http://www.boombal.be/stage/ and I am dithering about which of these to pursue, assuming that there is a place in the dance course.

Now that my phone is localized I think I'll phone each to see if American is among their tongues, which in Belgium has proven to be true in almost every instance.
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #57 on: July 26, 2013, 07:32:13 AM »

Impovisatiestage van 't Smiske last december was in Flemish and Frence, apart from Jeremie Mignotte who taught his groups in English. They all seemed to cope!

Ghent reminds me of England's Cambridge. It seems full of bright young things. Have you discovered the folk tavern in Dampoortstraat? Leuk  :|glug
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #58 on: July 26, 2013, 04:12:54 PM »

Ghent reminds me of England's Cambridge. It seems full of bright young things. Have you discovered the folk tavern in Dampoortstraat? Leuk  :|glug

Not yet and Google maps didn't return a hit. Do you have a name or link to a web page?

As for the Gooik Stage, I got a reply, saying that they received my form and that holidays will interfere with responding for a while. So my future is still murky.
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Re: Where to Study for a Year
« Reply #59 on: July 26, 2013, 04:25:59 PM »

Runs EW to the east of the central canal loop, cafe is on the right, going East … or take the train, quite a big station!

Google … De TLS-kern Gent, in samenwerking met Muziekmozaïek, reserveert elke ... een gezellige plek in Gent (Muzikantenhuis, Dampoortstraat 50, 9000 Gent) ... Ook in Genk is er, i.s.m. Folk in Limburg en de Muziekacademie van Genk ... Nadien kan er dan nog gewoon gejamd (en gezongen) worden voor de mensen van 't café.
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