AVO Magazine is more than just a normal online magazine about Japanese music and culture. In addition to informing the reader about the various Japan-related events, AVO supports various Japan-related events in Europe, but also does the organisation thereof. In the past, AVO has been able to organise various concerts and festivals (AVO J-Rock festival in 2013 and AVO J-Music Festival in 2018) in which various Japanese (indie) musicians were allowed to enter the stage to introduce themselves under the denominator AVO Magazine presents.
In the last few years, AVO has worked together with artists as HITT, Lucie,Too, Ryo Fujimura, Loverin Tamburin, BACK-ON, REMNANT, Haruka, X Made Alcoholic Santaclaus, GanglioN, ZWEI, Satsuki, ADAMS, Chii Sakurabi, LOKA, KAMIJO, heidi., Kaya, Calmando Qual, OROCHI, Esprit D’Air, but also (tour)organisations like HIGHFeeL, REALive, KanzeN Music, B7KLAN, RIOT ROCK, Le Guess Who?, Miyako Studio, various conventions in The Netherlands like Abunai!, AnimeCon and TomoCon and much more.
Since 2017 AVO Magazine publishes in Dutch and English. A translation team is working on translating older articles – mainly interviews, reviews and reports – into English.
AVO Magazine is based in The Netherlands, but internationally active. AVO has good contacts with conventions in the Netherlands and outside, cosplayers, and other creative people in connection with Japan, our main focus. These connections give AVO the opportunity to share a lot of Japan-related news, interesting interviews with mostly Japanese musicians and artists, reviews and reports of Japan-related events for the readers of AVO Magazine. Promoting lesser-known Japanese artists has always been important for AVO as well as artists who got their breakthrough, to expand the world of the readers of AVO Magazine more and more.
In order to maintain the presence of the name AVO in the music world, it is necessary to grow and look for serious candidates who want to work for us and proudly publish articles on AVO Magazine. Writing for AVO Magazine gives you experience in how to write creatively, how to look for information and promotion. You will be welcomed in a team of enthusiastic writers and photographers who inspire each other!
Did you know that it all started out with AVO Forum on 16th of May 2003? In 2013, AVO Forum celebrated its 10th anniversary with a music festival in Utrecht, called AVO J-Rock Festival! Five years later on 15 September 2019, another festival was organised under the name AVO J-Music Festival at an open-air theatre in The Hague.
AVO Magazine’s motor is Francisca Hagen who founded AVO in 2003 and has been the face of AVO ever since. But AVO Magazine has also a few Dutch, Belgian, English, American and even Japanese guest writers who like to write when they have a story for the online magazine, as well as photographers and translators and yearlong a partnership with Miyako Studio.