The Stichting Klinkend Erfgoed (Foundation for Sound Heritage) is committed to preserving and opening up organs, swinging bells, turret clocks and carillons. In this context the foundation organized the Festival Klinkend Erfgoed, where the kickoff in the form of a symposium took place on Friday 31 August 2018 in Maastricht. In addition, there were all sorts of activities in which the carillon sounded frequently, very often in combination with other instruments. On Saturday, a bell relay was held in the region, with five Dutch-Limburg and two Belgian-Limburg carillons being played by carillon students..
Frank Steijns had also brought his own mobile carillon to Maastricht to play with a DJ and perform in the evening during a Trance concert on the 'Bruis festival grounds'. Father Wim and daughter Elien Van den Broeck played a quatre-mains concert in Genk (Belgium). On Sunday, the bells in Heerlen could be heard during a concert for keyboard and carillon by Frank Steijns and Ward Vlasveld. The public was allowed to request their favorite piece of music to be played. On Monday Steijns played with singer and contrabassist Gildas Delaporte in the city hall of Maastricht. On Tuesday afternoon a combination of singing, piano and carillon could be heard in Weert. In the evening the 'Carillon Symphonique' sounded in Maastricht. The last day, Steijns played in Venlo together with Martine Weijers on the piano.
It's nice that the bells have been highlighted in such a diverse way: a source of inspiration for new initiatives! The five-day Klinkend Erfgoed Festival 2018 in Maastricht has been recorded on film. A compilation of this, including images of the symposium and an impression of the various events can be viewed on YouTube: