EFA 60 Years On! The European Festivals Association (EFA) was founded in Geneva in 1952 upon the joint initiative of the eminent conductor Igor Markevitch and the great philosopher Denis de Rougemont. Since its foundation, the Association has grown from 15 festivals into a dynamic network representing more than 100 music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary festivals, national festivals associations and cultural organisations from about 40 (mainly European) countries.
The European Festivals Association is the oldest cultural network in Europe. 60 years of networking and connecting festivals deserves celebration – but also a moment to stand still and take stock:
- 60 years of synergy; bringing together festival leaders, artists, emerging festival managers, experts, researchers and politicians from very diverse regions, countries and continents.
- 60 years of growth, from 15 founding members to 110 festivals today – and with more and more festivals worldwide emerging and wanting to be part of EFA’s dynamic activity.
- 60 years of active participation, artistic co-operation, professional development and action for the arts.
- 60 years in which Europe, the world and the arts have changed dramatically.