In July and August, the Mosel Musikfestival, the Flanders Festival Bruges, the Ohrid Summer Festival, the Festival Internacional de Msica Castell de Peralada and the Santander International Festival are dedicating concerts to the Diamond Jubilee of the European Festivals Association (EFA). The events are continuing a series of activities of the Associations members to bring the anniversary to festival audiences around Europe and beyond.
At the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the European Festivals Association (EFA) in 2012, EFA President Darko Brlek reminds of the achievements of festivals and the Association in the past 60 years and urges the need to join forces with partners from all over the world.
On 16 and 17 June 2012, the Diamond Jubilee of the European Festivals Association (EFA) is celebrated with three events in Bulgaria, Germany and Mexico. The Varna Summer International Music Festival and the Rheingau Musik Festival are dedicating their opening concerts to "EFA 60 Years On"; and Ennio Morricones "Notturno Passacaglia", composed at the occasion of the anniversary, is being performed in Mexico City.
Founded in 1997 by Lithuanias largest concert organisation the National Philharmonic Society the Vilnius Festival has become one of the countrys most significant music events. Each year the festival presents programmes of large-scale orchestral and chamber works interpreted by accomplished Lithuanian and foreign performers, as well as premieres by contemporary Lithuanian composers, along with the works commissioned by the festival. It has continued to collaborate with other European festivals as member of the European Festivals Association (EFA) since 1999. The 2012 edition of the Vilnius Festival paid tribute to the 60th anniversary of EFA, with a world premier dedicated to the Diamond Jubilee.
In times of crisis, is the art sector the last paradise? asks Dirk Heinze, Editor-in-Chief of the Arts Management Network: Yes and no. Yes, because the arts and creative sector is a value on its own, and a driving force for the growth of regions and countries. No, because many cultural institutions come under economic pressure so far. The latest edition of the networks magazine explores Positive Impulses for the future and includes an exclusive report by Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General of the European Festivals Association (EFA), and Kerstin Schilling, Cultural Manager, on EFAs recent 60th anniversary celebrations in Bergen.