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European Festival Research Project (EFRP)

The European Festival Research Project is an international, interdisciplinary consortium, focused on the dynamics of artistic festivals today and seeking to understand the current explosion of festivals and its implications and perspectives.

History

EFRP started as an informal research platform, defined its research model and approach in Brussels in May 2004, held a researchers’ meeting at the Divadelna Nitra Festival in September 2005 and another one at De Montfort University in Leicester in March 2006, following a one-day conference for British festival operators, supported by the Arts Council England. In May 2006 EFRP became a research consortium, consisting of the Budapest Observatory, De Montfort University, Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, Leiden University and University Paris 8, with the support of the European Festivals Association and the Arts Council England, and in 2008, the Leeds Metropolitan University joined the group. From 2004-2011, the Chair of EFRP was Dragan Klaic, theatre scholar and cultural analyst.

Since 2006, a series of workshops have been organised by the EFRP. Focal topics included: sustainability of festivals; festival policy and festival funding; urban impact of artistic festivals; theatre festivals for children and youth; audience development; the relationship of festivals and continuously operating cultural organisations – to name but a few.

Objectives

EFRP seeks to create a critical mass of research papers, studies, publications and debates in order to produce some tentative conclusions, trends, and recommendations to festival operators, public authorities as subsidy givers and potential sponsors. An edited book on festival politics, programming and governance and a book of interviews with prominent festival directors will be produced in 2009/10.

Support

The European Festival Association is making all EFRP materials available on its website. Since 2004 EFRP has been supported by Flemish Ministry of Culture, Arts Council England and European Cultural Foundation and seeks further funding for research, events and publication opportunities.

How to join

Researchers across Europe, including graduate students writing their PhD and MA theses, are most welcome to join the EFRP with their research papers on particular strategic issues, comparative analysis and longitudinal studies about the transformation of specific festivals.

Read the Call for Cooperation with the EFRP here.

EFRP Workshops & Meetings

Contact for further information

EFRP Coordinator Christopher Maughan
Arts Management, Faculty of Humanities
De Montfort University
Clephan Building, The Gateway
Leicester LE1 9BH, UK
Tel: +44 116 250 6131
Fax: +44 116 257 7265
E-mail: .

Papers and publications related to festivals

 

Bibliography

Elfert, J.
Bibliography on festival related literature (Mar-2006)

Books

Autissier A.M.
"Festivals in Europe, crossing approaches from Edinburgh to Zagreb" (Aug-2009)
Autissier, Anne-Marie
L’Europe des festivals, de Zagreb à Edimbourg, points de vue croisés (Oct-2009)
Delanty G.; Giorgi L. and Sassatelli M.
"Festivals and the Cultural Public Sphere" - Flyer (May-2011)

Case Studies

AEA Consulting
Thundering Hooves - Maintaining the global competitive Edge of Edinburgh's Festivals - Full Report - May 2006 (Jun-2006)
Arts Council England, East Midlands
Festivals and the creative region. Key findings from a study by the Montfort University Leicester, Arts Council England, East Midlands, 2003, http://www.artscouncil.org.uk (Jan-2006)
Brighton Festival
Brighton Festival 2004 - Everyone benefits. A study of the economic and cultural impact of the festival upon Brighton and Hove, Brighton: Brighton Festival, 2004 - http://www.brighton-festival.org.uk (Jan-2006)
British Arts Festivals Association
Festivals Mean Business 3 - A Survey of Arts Festivals in the UK (Aug-2008)
Broszat, T.
Theatre Festivals Why - FIT Report. 2006 (Mar-2007)
Darmawan, D.B., Boitano, J., Linag, Y.
The programmatic interests and financing modalities of festivals in East Asia. Final Report and presentation, Leiden: Leiden University School of Management, 2005 (Jan-2006)
Duemcke, C.
Musikfestivals im Freistaat Sachsen: Grundlagen und Handlungsstrategien fuer die Gestaltung der Foerderpraxis (Sep-2007)
Fáilte Ireland, Association of Irish Festival Even
Festival/Events. Best Practice Guide 2005, Fáilte Ireland, Association of Irish Festival Events, 2005 - http://www.aoifeonline.com/downloads/best_practice.doc (Jan-2006)
Felderer, B. a.o.
Bregenzer Festspiele - Kapitel 8: Zusammenfassung Umwegrentabilitätsstudie, pp. 87-91, Wien: Institut für Höhere Studien, 2003 (Jan-2006)
Fiona Goh Consulting
Celebrating the wealth of Ireland's festivals, Association of Irish Festival Events, 2004 - http://www.aoifeonline.com/downloads/Goh_Final_Report.pdf (Jan-2006)
FIT- Festivals In Transition
Reports, papers and information on the FIT website (Mar-2006)
Frey, B.S.
The rise and fall of festivals - Reflections on the Salzburg Festival, Zurich: University of Zurich - Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, 2000 - http://www.iew.unizh.ch/wp/iewwp048.pdf (Jan-2006)
Graham Devlin Associates
The Edinburgn Festivals Strategy, Edinburgh: The City of Edinburgh council, 2001 (Jan-2006)
Inkei, P. a.o.
Festival World Summary - Report, National Survey on Festivals in Hungary, KulturPont Iroda and Budapest Observatory, Budapest, 2006 (Oct-2006)
Festival-world - State of affairs in Hungary with special regard to public funding, Budapest, 2005 (Apr-2006)
Karmasin, F.
Besucherbefragung Bregenzer Festspiele, Bericht und Presseinfo, Bregenz: Karmasin Marktforschung, Österr. Gallup Institut, 2004 (Jan-2006)
Maughan, C. and Bianchini, F.
Part 2, http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/documents/publications/phpAjDEnU.pdf (Jan-2006)
The economic and social impact of cultural festivals in the East Midlands of England. Final Report. Part 1, Leicester: De Montfort University, 2004, http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/documents/publications/phpvY0hNv.pdf (Jan-2006)
Music Festival EXIT
Reflection on the phenomenon of music festival Exit, Ljubljana: KUD Pozitiv, 2005 - http://www.pozitiv.si/petrovaradintribe/ (Jan-2006)
Négrier, E., Jourda, M.-T.
Les Nouveaux Territoires des Festivals. Un état des lieux pour la musique et la danse. Rapport pour France Festivals -Synthèse. Montpellier, Novembre 2006 (Jan-2007)
Scherer, R. a.o.
Die wirtschaftlichen Effekte von Lucerne Festival.Schlussbericht, St. Gallen: Universität St.Gallen, Institut für öffentliche Dienstleistungen und Tourismus (Jan-2006)
Silvanto, S. (editor)
Helsinki - a Festival City (Aug-2007)
SQW Limited, TNS Travel and Tourism
Edinburgh Festivals Economic Impact Study 2004-2005, Edinburgh: The City of Edinburgh Council, 2005 - http://www.capitalreview.co.uk/pdf/Econ_impact_Ed_fests_SQW.pdf (Jan-2006)
ten Cate, R.
On Festivals, Edinburgh festival, August 23, 1997, edited by Colleen Scott (Mar-2006)
Vulkovsky, Y.
Bela Rechka Project:"Communication, communication, communication...communication!" (Feb-2008)
Zoghaib, A.
Le cas Avignon 2005 - Regards Critiques, coordonné par Georges Banu et Bruno , éditions L'Entretemps, 2005 (Mar-2006)

European Festival Research Project

2006 EFRP Workshop Le Mans - Bollo, A.
Power Point Presentatation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on sustainability of Festivals, 18 November 2006 (Jan-2007)
2006 EFRP Workshop Le Mans - Gaber, F.
Power Point Presentatation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on sustainability of Festivals, 18 November 2006 (Jan-2007)
2006 EFRP Workshop Le Mans - Karlsen, S.
Power Point Presentatation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on sustainability of Festivals, 18 November 2006 (Jan-2007)
2006 EFRP Workshop Le Mans - Klaic, D.
Power Point Presentatation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on sustainability of Festivals, 18 November 2006 (Jan-2007)
2006 EFRP Workshop Le Mans - Krijanskaia, D
Power Point Presentatation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on sustainability of Festivals, 18 November 2006 (Jan-2007)
2006 EFRP Workshop Le Mans - MacMahon, C.
Power Point Presentatation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on sustainability of Festivals, 18 November 2006 (Jan-2007)
2006 EFRP Workshop Le Mans - Maughan, C.
Power Point Presentatation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on sustainability of Festivals, 18 November 2006 (Jan-2007)
2006 EFRP Workshop Le Mans - Ostrowska, J.
Power Point Presentatation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on sustainability of Festivals, 18 November 2006 (Jan-2007)
2006 EFRP Workshop Le Mans - Szabo, J.Z.
Power Point Presentatation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on sustainability of Festivals, 18 November 2006 (Jan-2007)
2006 EFRP Workshop Le Mans - Vrettos, A.
Power Point Presentatation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on sustainability of Festivals, 18 November 2006 (Jan-2007)
2006 EFRP Workshop Le Mans - Zoghaib, A.
Power Point Presentatation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on sustainability of Festivals, 18 November 2006 (Jan-2007)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Andreeva D.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Autissier A.M.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Bianchini F.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Colombo A
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Dooghe D.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Inkei P.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Lidström B.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Linko M.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Maugham C.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Noordman D.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Ostrowska, J.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Radosevic L.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Segal J. & Sassateli
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Helsinki - Silvanto S.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop on Urban Impact of Artistic Festivals, 11-12 April 2008 (Jul-2008)
2008 EFRP Workshop Moscow
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 EFRP Workshop Moscow - Bianchini, Powell
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 EFRP Workshop Moscow - Brailovskaya , Novikov
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 EFRP Workshop Moscow - Dethier B.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 EFRP Workshop Moscow - Dmitriyevskaya
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 EFRP Workshop Moscow - Kornakova M.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 EFRP Workshop Moscow - Loevskiy O.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 EFRP Workshop Moscow - Luchin N A.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 EFRP Workshop Moscow - Meyer D.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 EFRP Workshop Moscow - Ramlose M.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 EFRP Workshop Moscow - Schneider W.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 FRP Workshop Moscow - Harman P.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2008 FRP Workshop Moscow - Verfaille G.
Power Point Presentation in the framework of the EFRP workshop, 31 October - 1 November 2008 (Jan-2009)
2010 EFRP Workshop Poznan - Bouziouri
Presentation Martha Bouziouri: FESTIVALS WITH A MIGRATION AGENDA: PHILOSOPHY, IMPACT AND THE SOCIO-POLITICAL ROLE OF ART (Jun-2010)
2010 EFRP Workshop Poznan - Čeplak Mencin
Presentation Ralf Čeplak Mencin: Roma Culture Festivals in Europe (Jun-2010)
2010 EFRP Workshop Poznan - Dümcke
Presentation Dr. Cornelia Dümcke: The Role of Art in the Context of Science Festivals in Germany (Jun-2010)
2010 EFRP Workshop Poznan - Inkei
Presentation Péter Inkei:Assessing the intellectual components of Hungarian festivals (Jun-2010)
2010 EFRP Workshop Poznan - Jovicevic
Presentation Aleksandra Jovicevic: Between popular and subversive - "Intellectual" and other festivals in Italy (Jun-2010)
2010 EFRP Workshop Poznan - Kościańczuk
Presentation Marcela Kościańczuk: Festivals of Jewish Culture in Poland: A place of dialogue or of a confrontation? (Jun-2010)
2010 EFRP Workshop Poznan - Laczko-David
Presentation Ramona Laczko-David: Towards a tentative typology of festivals with an intellectual/social agenda (Jun-2010)
2010 EFRP Workshop Poznan - Maughan
Presentation Christopher Maughan: British Science Festivals (Jun-2010)
2010 EFRP Workshop Poznan - Ostrowska
Presentation Joanna Ostrowska: Can Artistic Festivals be an intellectual proposition? (Jun-2010)
2010 EFRP Workshop Poznan - Potel
Presentation Jean-Yves Potel: Dreams of artists trapped between good intentions and realpolitik (Jun-2010)

Other

Dancing Cities
Contemporary dance in urban spaces (Jun-2007)
Klaic, D.
"Festival", in Lexicon, Performance Research, 4, 11, 2006, 54-55 (Jun-2007)
Every Weekend A Festival! Urban impact of the festivalization of the daily life in Europe (May 2007) (Jun-2007)
Maughan, C.
Power Point Presentation 'The life cycle of a festival: preliminary thoughts' - IFEA Conference, Athens, February 2007 (Mar-2007)

Papers, Essays, Studies

Edinburgh Festivals
Edinburgh Festivals Impact Study (Jul-2011)
European Commission
The Impact of Culture on Creativity (Jul-2009)
Faivre d'Arcier, B.
Comment donner un avenir aux festivals ? (Feb-2006)
Guerzoni, G.
L'impatto economico dei festival di approfondimento culturale (Oct-2008)
Hansen, K. a.o.
Festivals: challenges of growth, distinction, support base and internationalization, Tartu: heade motete linn, 2003 - http://www.tartu.ee/festivalbook (Jan-2006)
Ilczuk D. and Kulikowska M.
Festival jungle, policy desert? - Festival policies of public authorities in Europe. (Jul-2008)
Inkei, P.
Assistance to arts and culture festivals, Sydney: International Federation of arts councils and culture agencies, 2005 - http://www.ifacca.org/files/artsfestivals.pdf (Jan-2006)
Ivan Pravdic
RURAL FESTIVALS AS ARTISTIC LABORATORIES (Feb-2010)
Klaic, D.
The Value of festival mapping (Jun-2007)
The Future of Festival Formulae, Background paper Holland Festival symposium, Amsterdam: 2002 (Apr-2006)
Maughan, C.
'Festivals becoming Green?', published in Arts Professional, August 2007 (Oct-2007)
National Endowment for the Arts
Live from Your Neighborhood: A National Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals - USA (Jan-2011)
On the Move
Green Mobility Guide. A guide to environmentally sustainable mobility for performing arts (Jul-2011)
Santagata, Walter (Editor)
White paper on creativity. Towards an Italian model of development (Jul-2009)

Press

Botanical Gardens Look for New Lures
NYT article form July 2010 on the transformation of botanical gardens in the US and their embrace of festival formulae (Jan-2011)
Culture Europe International - Press release
New website of Culture Europe International magazine devoted to cultural practicies and policies in Europe online (Dec-2007)
Le Monde
Edito du Monde: "La folie festivals", 30 juin 2007 (Jul-2007)

Reports

Liverpool European Capital - Impact08
Report looking at the experiences of the volunteers who have supported the delivery of Liverpool's European Capital of Culture programme. (Feb-2009)
Benchmark Indicators for 2007 (Feb-2009)
A report of survey work with local people in four Liverpool neighbourhoods. (Feb-2009)

Speeches

Archer, R.
Keynote speech of the Opening Ceremony of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Izmir (24 October 2011) (Oct-2011)
Keynote speech of the closing session of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Singapore (20 May 2011) on "Serving Artists Serves the Audience" (Jul-2011)
Putting Festivals in their Place. Keynote address to the British Festivals Association conference. Cardiff , October 2006 (Feb-2007)
De Greef, H.
The European Festivals Association - Challenges in times of diverging expectations (Mar-2006)
Inkei, P
Speech 'Festival Jungle, Policy Desert?', Barcelona, 19-20 October (Jan-2008)
Mills, J.
Speech 'From Edinburgh To Shanghai', 14th October 2007 (Nov-2007)
Sir William Gillies Lecture, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 26 October 2006 (Dec-2006)

Theses

Derksen, L.
Festivals in de culturele industrie; van alternatief naar commercieel? Thesis, Rotterdam: Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, 2001 - http://www.ethesis.net/festivals/festivals.htm (Jan-2006)
Jancovic, J.
PLACE OF THE CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVALS IN A TRANSITIONAL SOCIETY. Master Thesis. University of Arts in Belgrade. Belgrade, 2006 (Jan-2007)
Karlsen, S.
Doctoral thesis on The Music Festival as an Arena for Learning, Pitea: Luleå University of Technology, 2007 - http://epubl.ltu.se/1402-1544/2007/60/LTU-DT-0760-SE.pdf (Jan-2008)
Matkovic, V.
Paper on the sponsorship of LGBT film festivals and Multinational Companies, December 2007 (Jan-2008)
Papke, A.
Paper on Open Arc Theater Cluster: Analysis and Recommendations, Belgrade, October 2007 (Jan-2008)
Radosevic, L.
From artistic production to mass medium: comic strip festivals as away of finding equilibrium. MA thesis University of Arts Belgrade, 2007 (Feb-2008)
Vrettos, A.
The Economic Value of Arts & Culture Festivals. A comparison of four European Economic Impact Studies. Master Thesis, University of Maastricht, 2006 (Feb-2007)

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