Only a few days left until the European Festivals Association (EFA) celebrates its Diamond Jubilee in Bergen, Norway. The third edition of the FestFlash of the European Festivals Association includes the latest news.
From 23-25 May 2012, the European Festivals Association (EFA) celebrates the 60th anniversary of its foundation in Bergen, Norway. Embracing the motto "60 Years On: Festivals and the World", 180 representatives of festivals, sister festival associations, cultural networks, policy and media from 46 countries and regions of the world will participate to celebrate, commemorate and in particular reflect on the present and future of arts festivals. On the agenda: the setting of the 'Bergen Agenda', discussion of festival policies ("Europe for Festivals - Festivals for Europe"), exchanges with alumni of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, release of a Jubilee publication and film - all embedded in an exciting artistic programme of the Bergen International Festival, co-organising the event and itself celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
The European Festivals Association (EFA) and euro|topics, the online platform providing a daily, up to date press review, have engaged in a media partnership. To promote trans-European discussion and to create new networks for cultural and political exchange is a joint mission of EFA and euro|topics. The partnership is an important step in EFA's quest to form a coalition of organisations dedicated to the process of transformation in Europe, one of the key aims of the so-called 'Bergen Agenda' to be set at the occasion of the Association's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 celebrated from 23-25 May in Bergen, Norway.
The EFA Jubilee in Bergen will be the moment of dedicated discussions under the motto "Celebrate the Arts, Transform People, Imagine the World". The aim is to set the so called 'Bergen Agenda', laying down a work plan for the European Festivals Association and festival colleagues for the years to come. Together with the members of the "EFA 60 Years On" Strategy Group - Simon Mundy, Valeria Marcolin and Nadin Deventer -, EFA identified three key topics at stake in the festival business: innovation, culture and business as well as audience participation/citizenship - which are discussed in various sessions.
For the first time in the history of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, previous Atelier participants will gather for an Alumni meeting at the occasion of the EFA Jubilee in Bergen. On 25 May, they will discuss the Bergen Agenda, challenges and opportunities for the next generation of festival leaders, and exchange on joint projects realised since their participation.