Introduction

In the year 2020 the European Blues Union , the European blues organisations and blues musicians will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the European Blues Challenge.In the same year the Dutch Blues Foundation will celebrate its 10th year of existance. The DBF will act as Host at this 10th European Blues Challenge.

The Foundation Blues in Zaanstad will organize and manage the entire event under its sole responsability incooperation with the Zaantheater as operational venue. The 10th European Blues Challenge together with the General Assembly, Blues Expo and Blues Workshop will take place at the Zaantheater, located at Nicolaasstraat 3 1506 BB Zaandam, in Amsterdam region of The Netherlands.

The dates of the EBC 2020 will be 17 and 18 April 2020. Prior to the days of the EBC Zaandam will hopefully be the place to attend live blues shows in a number of bars and other venues.



About

Coming by car or public transportation

From Schiphol/Amsterdam airport you can travel by train and by car to Zaandam.

Schiphol airport has a direct link by train with Zaandam train station two times per hour but you can also travel with a change of trains at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station, which get you to Zaandam station four times per hour. Amsterdam Central station and Zaandam station are connted 8 times per hour and the train ride takes about 12 minutes. Amsterdam Central station is connected with several European cities like Brussels, London, Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin.

Zaandam can be reached by car from all directions via highway A 8, taking the exits Zaandam-zuid or Zaandam centrum, after leaving the A 10 circular road around Amsterdam. Via the A 7 highway one can go up north to Germany, eastern Europe and the Scandinavian countries.

How to get to Holland

First of all: the Zaantheatre as the venue where the EBC 2020 will take place, lies within the borders of the city of Zaanstad and to be more specific within the area which is called Zaandam, the most southern part of the city of Zaanstad.

Zaanstad has a shared border with the city of Amsterdam and is located close to Schiphol airport.

How to get to Schiphol airport:
Every participating country has a direct connection with Schiphol/Amsterdam airport. Without being complete at least the following European airlines fly to Amsterdam: Aer Lingus, Air Europe, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Croatia Airlines, Easyjet, Eurowings, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Nowegian Air Int., Ryanair, SAS, TAP, Tarom, Tranavia and Vueling.

Where to stay

There are also lots op possibilities to stay in a hotel in Amsterdam, but why bother if you know all the possibilities of hotels in Zaandam itself and the Zaandam region.

The Organizer=the Blues in Zaanstad Foundation has made special EBC 2020 deals with a number of hotels. The participating hotels and the hotel deals will be in this part of the website at the end of this year 2019. The special deals will only be valid in combination with an entrance ticket fort he EBC days.

Regardless the special deals you might want to stay in one of the following hotels in Zaandam: Inntel Hotel, Best Western Hotel, NH Zaan Hotel, Easy Hotel, Manzo hotel, IBIS Hotel, Bastion Hotel.

In the Zaandam region the following hotels might be your choice:

Programme and Line Up

Friday 17 April
12.30 - 13.30 Installation of the Blues Market
Location: main lobby of the Zaantheater

13.30 - 16.30 Blues Market and Zaanse Markt
13.30 - 16.30 Collection of badges by EBU members and guests
Location: Zaantheater entrance hall

18.00 - 19.00 EBU members dinner buffet in the Forbo-zaal
Location: Zaantheater ground floor

17.30 - 19.00 Buffet bandmembers participating during this first evening and volunteers
18.30 - 19.30 Welcoming visitors with live music in the main lobby
19.30 - 19.45 Official welcome by Master of Ceremony, the Dutch Blues Foundation and the Foundation Blues in Zaanstad
19.45 - 01.45 First night Blues Challenge with 11 participating bands
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Location: Zaantheater Albert Heijn zaal

Saturday 18 April

09.00 - 10.00 Registration participants EBU General Assembly
10.00 - 12.30 EBU General Assembly
Location: Zaantheater - Flotex zaal

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch participating members EBU General Assembly
Location: Zaantheater - Forbo zaal

13.30 - 16.00 Blues Market and Zaanse Markt
Location: Zaantheater - Main lobby

16.00 - 17.00 Dismantling market(s)
17.30 - 19.30 Buffet members bands participating at this second night and volunteers
18.00 - 19.00 Buffet EBU members in the Forbo zaal
18.30 - 19.30 Welcoming visitors with live music in the main lobby
19.30 - 19.45 Welsome by the Master of Ceremony
19.45 - 01.45 Second night Blues Challenge with 11 particpating bands
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01.45 - 02.00 Announcement winners Blues Behind The Scenes Award
02.00 - 02.15 Anouncement winners and first and second runner-up 10th European Blues Challenge
02.15 - late Jam session and afterparty 10e European Blues Challenge

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Board BiZ and BiZ Partners

The Board of the Foundation Blues in Zaanstad

With a maximum total of seven persons the Board exists at the moment of the following people:

Peter Tange, chair
Paul Möhlmann, vice-chair
Theo Schoegje, secretary and treasurer
Paul Mooren, public relations
Dirk de Hen, Legal adviser of the Board and event-manager


The Partners of the Foundation Blues in Zaanstad

As the Organizer of the EBC 2020 the Foundation Blues in Zaanstad works in close cooperation with a number of partner.
The Board also wishes to say thank you to all the partners helping in a financial way.

Our (financial) partners are:

- European Blues Union
- Dutch Blues Foundation
- Zaantheatre
- City of Zaanstad
- Breuring Webdesign
- Prepress4U
- Rotary Club Zaandam







NEWS

20 Feb 2019

Started with the website

Design was approved by the EBC2020 members and now it is collecting data and inputting information on the site.

8April 2019

Contract signed


Every year the Dutch Blues Foundation (DBF) organizes a Challenge on which the best Dutch Blues bands play and the best band and solo/duo act is chosen by a professional jury.

Just like all the Blues organizations in Europe the challenge is every year. And all the organizations send their winner to the European Blues Challenge.

The Dutch Blues Foundation, is established to promote the Blues music and the Blues musicians, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the European Blues Challenge in the Netherlands. The goal of the foundation is to give talented musicians a platform, and to get recognition for Blues musicians and to contribute to the fame of the Blues music in the Netherlands. The DBF asked a local organization : the Blues in Zaanstad Foundation (BiZ) to take care of the organization of the European Blues Challenge.

BiZ is established "to promote the blues music and live music on a broad public in the Zaanstreek regio.

The Board of BiZ contains a number of Blues music lovers who are very well known with social, business, administrative and organizational environment, the chairman Peter Tange, is the mayor of Wormerland (one of the cities on the river Zaan)

The European Blues Challenge (EBC) will be held on the evenings of Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April 2020.

It is expected that 22 european Blues acts (out of 22 European countries) will perform during the EBC 2020. They will be judged by an international expert professional jury.

There will probably be around 1.800 visitors all out of Europe during these two days.

BiZ made a comprehensive plan included a budged and details for organizing this event.

During the EBC2019, that is held 5 and 6 April on the Azores, Portugal the contract for the organization of EBC2020 will be signed between the EBU, DBF and the BiZ.

BiZ already asked two artists to play on the challenge evenings. They will be playing during the challenge evenings in the Lobby of the Zaantheater. In that way the visitors are submerged with Blues music during their arrival in the venue.

6April 2019

Launch

Launching the website EBC2020.nl.

Reserve your tickets

The Foundation Blues in Zaanstad, Organizer of the EBC 2020, expects a full house during both nights of the EBC. In order to give all (European) blues lovers an equal opportunity to get tickets, it has been decided to make a form with which each person can show his/her interest. Each individual can pre-order one or two tickets.

Each ticket will be valid for both nights ( 17 and 18 April) and will cost € 67,50 exluded service charge. One can fill in his/her name, email address, country, city and bank account number. Pre-ordering one or two tickets won't guarantee you the ticket(s) but without this pre-order the chances to get tickets later might be much more difficult or second to zero.

The pre-order period will start June 1 and will end July 31. During the month of August everyone who has sent in his/her pre-order correctly and in time, will get a message about the moment to order and pay the ticket(s) with iDeal, credit-card etc. Ticket sales will start September 1 and will end October 31.

If and when there are unsold tickets, these will be sold online from November 1, 2019. If there are no more tickets a message will show this the day after the last tickets have been sold.

The pre-order form will be online from June 1, 2019.

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