Yearly Archive 2023

BySuzanne Hull

2023 Call for Performers

Iowa European Cultural Connection (IECC) invites you to become a performer at the 8th annual Christkindlmarket Des Moines taking place November 30 – December 3, 2023 at Principal Park.

If you have applied in the past, but were not accepted, we encourage you to complete an application each year. The programming committee takes several factors into consideration when choosing the slate of performers each year.

Performances typically seen at Christkindlmarkets include (but are not limited to): European folk music players, European folk music singers, yodeling, guitarist, accordionist, clogging, folk dancers, Scottish pipes & drums, high school choirs, children’s choirs, violinists, bell choirs, church choirs, storytellers, brass bands, alpine horn blowers, marionette/puppeteers, Schuhplattler Verein, vocal performances in European languages, harpists, etc.

Yuletide Hall is a four-sided, forced-air heated tent at a location to be determined by the CDM event planning committee at Principal Park’s Main Lot. A lighted stage within the tent will be provided. The size of the stage in 2022 was 16x32x32″ tall.

Our performer guide will give you an overview of the needs assessment process and requirements. As soon as you fill out the needs assessment, it will be reviewed internally.

What is the timeline for the process?

  • Fill out the online needs assessment below by March 1, 2023
  • REQUIRED: Send photographs and links to audio files/videos representing you or your group to [email protected]
  • Receive feedback from CDM staff by March 15, 2023

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2023 Performer Information Guide

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2023 Performer Needs Assessment

BySuzanne Hull

Iowa European Cultural Connection receives Bravo Greater Des Moines Operating Grant

Bravo Greater Des Moines leverages community resources to maximize the impact of arts, culture and heritage to advance regional priorities. A primary way they do this is through their Community Investment programs. Bravo’s grant recipients draw tourists, increase resident satisfaction, help attract and retain talent and generally make Greater Des Moines a premier place to live, work, play and visit.

IECC is pleased to have received a grant for general operating support for the 2023 grant period (GC23) runs January 1 – December 31, 2023.