Getting to Know Europe


The Old Town School of Folk Music has received one of the largest grants in its history; a two-year “Getting to Know Europe” (GTKE) grant awarded by the European Union to support greater knowledge and understanding of its international role within the U.S. This prestigious grant names the Old Town School as one of only five U.S. organizations to receive funding

Artists heralding from some of the 28 EU member countries – and American artists specializing in music from these areas – will be prominently showcased during the two-year grant period running through October, 2019. Old Town School is engaged in programming EU-related music and dance concerts, workshops, field trips, and artist residencies in our facilities and in other venues in partnership with various community organizations throughout the city. Our concert series include two popular series, World Music Wednesday and Global Dance Party which will highlight a portion of the scheduled EU programming.

Old Town School is proud to partner with The European Union, check back here for updated concert listings, classes, workshops and other educational opportunities.

Grant Announcement, April 2018

Upcoming World Music Wednesdays

Upcoming Global Dance Parties

Upcoming Events

09/15 The Hot Sardines (France/USA), in partnership with Alliance Francaise

10/20 The Martin Hayes Quartet featuring Dennis Cahill, Liz Knowles, and Doug Wieselman (Ireland)

Square Roots Festival 2018

Old Town School and Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce presented Square Roots in Chicago’s Lincoln Square July 13-15, 2018. Getting To Know Europe sponsored these artists rounding out over 70 acts from all over the globe:

Ginkoa - Friday, 8:15pm, South Stage
A French pop group, Nicolle Rochelle comes from New York, Antoine Chatenet lives in Paris....From Pop Music, to the Swing of old New York with a mix of Electro French touch beats.

Gato Preto - Saturday, 2:30pm, South Stage
Based in Germany, Gato Preto reflects on their roots in the polyrhythm of Bass from Ghana, the Portuguese slang of Gatas Mozambique and live, with the incredible Djembe of Moussa Diallo from Senegal.

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble - Saturday, 3:45pm, South Stage
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble is a 9 piece high-energy musical collective from Barcelona that plays a style of West African dance music called Afrobeat.

The Tossers - Sunday, 6pm, North Stage
Formed in 1993 on the south side of Chicago, the six-piece Celtic punk band has been proudly spreading their Irish gospel across the globe, with no plans of slowing down.

George Tantchev - Sunday, 2:45pm, South Stage
George Tantchev and friends perform new arrangement of a traditional Bulgarian music, featuring solo xylophone.

Soukous All Stars - Sunday, 4pm, South Stage
The Soukous All Stars members hail from the US, France and Belgium performing an electrifying and syncopated blend of Congolese rumba and intricate African rhythms. Workshop: Soukous All Stars Dance workshop Sunday, 5:30pm, Szold Hall

Past Events in the Series:

1/17 - Jaerv with Tim MacDonald and Jeremy Ward (Sweden/Scotland)
1/26 - Roots of Flamenco with David Chiriboga & Friends (Spain)
01/26 – Ethnic Dance Chicago Celebrates the EU with Mazurka Wojciechowska (Poland) & Workshop
1/31 - Paolo Angeli with Maya Tatiana & Friends (Spain & Italy)
2/10 – Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (Scotland/USA)
2/14 & 2/15 - 12 Tiempos Flamenco Company (Spain/ Puerto Rico) Concerts and workshops
02/19 - Ana Tijoux (France/Chile)
02/23 – Maria Pomianowska (Poland)
3/2 – Vasen (Sweden)
3/7 – Lunasa (Ireland)
3/11 - Flamenco Eñe with Rycardo Moreno (Spain)
03/14 - Switchback – (Celtic/Irish)
03/17 – Peter Asher & Jeremy Clyde (Britain)
3/17 - La Banda Morisca @ Instituto Cervantes (Spain)
3/23 – Patricia Ortega & Friends (Spain) Concert and workshop
03/23 – Altan (Ireland)
03/28 – Imanta Dimanta (Latvia) & Workshop
04/07 – 4/28 – four Irish Harp educational workshops with Aislinn Gagliardi (Ireland)
04/14 – Martin Carthy (England)
04/22 – John Doyle, Cathy Jordan, Eamon O’Leary (Ireland/USA)
05/02 – Patsy O’Brien & Dick Henshold (Britain/Ireland)
05/20 – Swedish Fiddle Tunes for Guitar workshop with Patrik Ahlberg (Sweden)
5/23 – Dálava (Czech)
05/25 – Ethnic Dance Chicago with the Tones (Central Europe)
06/01 – BBE & Bella Voce (Scotland/USA)
06/15 – Chicago Reel (Ireland) & Workshop
06/20 – Elida Almeida (France/Cape Verde)
06/25 – Ana Tijoux (France/Chile)
07/14 – Alma Afrobeat – Ensemble Workshop (Spain)