CS under 30

Open Call

The Open Call for the youth format “CS under 30” starts on January 16, 2023 and ends on March 15, 2023. All submission information can be found in this article.


About the project

CS under 30 is an open call for performances of concert projects in the Carinthian Summer 2023 and is addressed to artists* or ensembles under the age of 30 from EU member states and EFTA countries. The performances of the winning project(s) will take place in the Festival Carinthischer Sommer 2023 and in the Mittelfest 2023 in Cividale del Friuli.

A cooperation of the Carinthian Summer (CS under 30) with the Mittelfest (Mittelyoung).

The Idea

The new youth format in the Carinthian Summer, “CS under 30” is aimed at young artists and ensembles in the EU member states plus Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (EFTA countries).

The idea is to promote and present the diversity and quality of young art and music creation in Europe. The Carinthian Summer in Carinthia and the Middle Festival in Cividale, Friuli, see it as their task to strengthen the cultural diversity in the Alps-Adriatic region and beyond with this cooperation and to invite people from all over the world to visit their festivals.


The procedure

There are two separate calls: the Open Call of the Carinthian Summer and the Open Call of the Mittelyoung. The Open Call for the Mittellyoung format starts on December 15, 2022. From January 16, 2023 to March 15, 2023, musicians and ensembles can submit their projects for CS under 30. Interested parties can apply for both calls or only for one of the calls on the websites of the cooperation partners.

The winning projects will be selected by a jury of young curators under 30 for the Carinthian Summer and the Mittelyoung.

The young curators are:

  • Bamlak Werner, singer and influencer
  • Julia Prodinger, co-organizer of Vierteltöne
  • Lukas Aldrian, student at the GMPU and percussionist (e.g. KSO, Alpen Adria Orchester, the SFK Orchester and Gustav Mahler Ensemble)
  • Valeria Liaskovets, pianist (born in the Ukraine)
  • Sarah Papinutti, jury member for Mittelfest and CS under 30

The festival directors of both festivals have agreed to perform one of the winning projects of the other festival in their festival as well. The participating artists* or ensembles will be informed about the result of their submissions by email by April 14, 2023. The winning project will be announced via the festival website and social media.



The winning projects 2022

Mittelyoung and CS under 30 share a common goal: to provide a stage for up-and-coming artists. The two programs are aimed at artists between the ages of 18 and 30. They were able to submit their projects and were evaluated by a jury whose members are also no older than 30.

“Since the promotion of young artists* has always been a major concern for me, the idea of Mittelyoung has fascinated me from the very beginning,” explains Intendant Bleck. I’m very happy that our new youth program CS under 30 is collaborating with the Mittelfest festival for the first time and I’m already looking forward to many more projects in the coming years with artistic director Giacomo Pedini and his team.”

Pedini also sees this collaboration as a great benefit for his festival. “Mittelyoung was created as a project to promote new and young artists* in the context of European relations and opportunities. Therefore, also for us this collaboration is very important and a great pleasure that there is a match here with Holger Bleck and CS under 30. This is the beginning of a great path that we can develop together,” says the artistic director of Mittelfest.

Nyala CS under 30

CS under 30: Nyala

Nyala is a group consisting of Pau Li Liem (vocals, piano), Stef Joosten (electric bass) and Jorrit Romme (drums). The name of the band already gives a foretaste of their music, because Nyala is Indonesian and means “flame”. The play of tension, relaxation and dynamics increase into fiery improvisations and compositions. Influenced by this unpredictable and eponymous quality of “flame”, they are always striving to find new sounds and ways to explore their interpretation of original compositions.

Chez Fría copyright Isabelle von Spreckelsen 3

Mittelyoung: Chez Frìa

From Hildegard von Bingen to Johann Sebastian Bach and John Dowland to electro, funk and jazz – Chez Fría breaks genre boundaries with their program and dares to fuse the most diverse musical styles. In search of sounds, harmonies and rhythms, the centuries are scoured and musically interpreted on the pulse of time. With synthesizer, percussion, trumpet and recorder – tongue-in-cheek – but consistently in the service of music.

CS under 30

16th of August 2023 – Bambergsaal Villach