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2015 EFA General Assembly to take place in Ostrava/Czech Republic 4-7 June

23 March 2015

The European Festivals Association (EFA) is holding its 2015 General Assembly from 4-7 June in Ostrava/Czech Republic. It will be hosted by the Janácek May International Music Festival. The General Assembly is the most important moment for EFA members and invited guests to come together, exchange, network, explore the grounds for future collaboration and discuss the state of play of the festival business. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Bend it like an Art Festival

20 March 2015

“I wanted a political festival and I got it,” said Olivier Py, devoted artist and the new director of the Festival d’Avignon, in an interview (Libération Newspaper, 4 July 2014, page 10) that I read just after I had arrived in Avignon last summer. Sometimes I go to Brussels. I always take a train and arrive at Brussels Central Station. The building, especially the main hall, is a nice example of Art Deco style: high ceilings with simplified geometrical forms. On the walls World War I is commemorated that is part of the city’s memory. On the opposite side you can find coffee shops and newspaper stores. During day time, the place is filled with a crowd of tourists mixed with locals rushing to school, work or home. Last time I arrived at the station the chaotic atmosphere was different. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: What I Heard About The (Arts) World*

12 March 2015

On 21 January I had the pleasure of seeing again the piece that inspired the name of this series. What I Heard About The World was presented in Brussels, and I could share with friends, and other audience members who enjoyed a sold out performance, the work of mala voadora and Third Angel. It warms my heart every time I see a full venue, to see that audiences are still eager to see a good performance, to take the risk of the unknown, even on a dark, freezing evening when the warmth of our own home might feel quite appealing. So to start the year on an uplifting note: there are still things we hear about the (arts) world which are not dark and despairing and that’s what we have to strive to protect and spread. - more...

Focus on Festivals: new publication explores festivals’ implications for wider industry and society

10 March 2015

A new publication entitled “Focus on Festivals” was launched on 27 February 2015 in Leicester, UK. The publication looks at understanding the causes and implications of the current growth in festivals internationally, and the implications for the wider industry and society. The book is the result of the work of the European Festival Research Project (EFRP), an initiative EFA has been supporting for many years. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: This Is About You And Me

05 March 2015

How to fall in love? More difficult: How to stay in love? These days, we tend to not be interested in the continuous, we tend to be bored by repetition, even when just apparent, of something – or someone’s personality – already known. Even when that known is of the order of the strange, of the unknown. Paradoxical, yes. It is like this in life as it is in dance. Our bodies, mind and feelings crave for acquiring something new at all times… - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Sustainability: thoughts from the Atelier for Young Festival Managers Poznań

26 February 2015

Sustainability is an ongoing experiment, one that is usually met, in my experience, with an effort of solution-based, open and creative thinking. In this light, the question across independent and community arts sectors remains, how can we create a festival, event or project that can be maintained while it is relevant? I suppose this brings up two points, so let’s consider ‘relevance’ another time and assume the project we are discussing is relevant and has appropriate context both in its artistic form and the place it is presented. Read the full blog by Melissa Edwards on Festival Bytes. - more...

EFA continues collaboration with Classical:NEXT 2015

10 February 2015

Classical:NEXT – the world’s leading expo for classical and contemporary music – has just published the first programme details for this year’s edition of Classical:NEXT (20-23 May 2015) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The European Festivals Association (EFA) is proud to announce that all EFA members are as of now entitled to a special discounted network rate. The meeting is taking place at the same time as the Rotterdam Operadagen, reduced tickets available for Classical:NEXT delegates. - more...

EFA and festival leaders discuss joint agenda with European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics

10 December 2014

On 9 December 2014, the European Festivals Association invited festival leaders for a round table with EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Tibor Navracsics, led by Mr. Darko Brlek (EFA President) and Kathrin Deventer (Secretary General) in the presence of Ms. Adrienn Kiraly (Deputy Head of Mr. Navracsics’ Cabinet), Mr. Karel Bartak (Head of EAC. E. 2 Creative Europe Programme – Culture) and Ms. Corinne Rigaud (Programme Manager Culture Programme – EU Policies) to set the agenda of work between the European Commission and festivals in the field of arts and culture for the next 5 years. - more...

Deadline extended for Atelier in Gwangju 2015: Apply by 16 February

10 February 2015

The Festival Academy is delighted to announce that the application deadline has been extended for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers Gwangju 2015 to give more young festival managers the opportunity to apply. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply until 16 February 2015. The Atelier will take place from 31 September to 6 September 2015 in Gwangju, South Korea, in collaboration with the Chonnam National University and the Asian Arts Theatre (Asian Culture Complex). - more...

EFFE Festival Label Application Deadline Extended

15 November 2014

EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, would like to thank all of the festivals that applied for the EFFE Festival Label. Over 2,500 festivals have registered and many have applied from all over Europe. We are looking forward to reading all of your thoughts on how festivals can be committed to the arts, involved in their local communities and have a European and global outlook. - more...

Atelier for Young Festival Managers POZNAN 2014 inspired the next generation of festival leaders

28 October 2014

[PRESS RELEASE - Brussels, Belgium, 28 October 2014] The Festival Academy’s latest edition of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, the training programme initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA), concluded in Poznan, Poland on 26 October 2014. Hosted by the Malta Festival Poznan, it brought together 41 young festival managers from 23 countries. They joined the ever growing network of today 264 Alumni from 60 countries. The 7 days were full of thought-provoking exchanges and established sustainable ties for the future. The next opportunity for young festival leaders worldwide to participate in the Atelier is in Beirut in March 2015. - more...

Mark Ball opened Atelier for Young Festival Managers POZNAN 2014

21 October 2014

Yesterday, on 20 October 2014, the Atelier for Young Festival Managers POZNAN 2014 of The Festival Academy kicked off at the Zamek Culture Centre. The ceremony was opened by Marcin Kostaszuk, Vice-Director of Culture and Heritage Department of the city of Poznan, Karol Działoszyński, Chairman Malta Foundation Board and, Anna Hryniewiecka, Director Zamek Culture Center. - more...

Mark Ball to open Atelier for Young Festival Managers POZNAN 2014

13 October 2014

[PRESS RELEASE; Brussels, Belgium] The Festival Academy’s next Atelier for Young Festival Managers, the training programme initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA), will take place in Poznan, Poland 20-27 October 2014. It will be hosted by the Malta Festival Poznan. Seven renowned festival directors from all over the world will participate to share their experiences and visions with 41 young festival managers from 23 countries. Public events include the official opening ceremony on 20 October with a key-note speech by Mark Ball, Artistic Director London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) and the closing session on 26 October with Robyn Archer, Artistic Director The Light in Winter Melbourne. - more...

Mark Ball: “A driving passion has been audience development and engagement”

07 October 2014

In the run-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Poznan from 20-27 0ctober 2014, all presenters who will participate in the Atelier to exchange with 41 young artistic festival directors from all over the world will be introduced. One of them is Mark Ball, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). He previously participated in the Atelier EDINBURGH 2014 - more...

Robyn Archer: “We are all participants“

03 October 2014

In the run-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Poznan from 20-27 October 2014, all presenters who will participate in the Atelier to exchange with 40 young artistic festival directors from all over the world will be introduced. One of them is Robyn Archer, she has shared her remarkable experience and given advice to participants in the Ateliers for Young Festival Managers in VARNA 2009, SINGAPORE 2011, IZMIR 2011, LJUBLJANA 2012 and will now participate, for the fifth time, in POZNAN. Robyn Archer is a many-sided leader: singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate of the arts. - more...

FestFlash 4/2014: Thinking of Community

03 October 2014

In her latest blog post, Claudia Galhos wonders: “What is a festival? The question is as relevant nowadays as is questioning the trend of making art with or for the community. Sometimes the two directions come together: festivals that include the community and which are made thinking of involving the community.” We couldn’t agree more. Our bloggers let themselves be inspired by their latest festival experiences, they explore the relation between festival directors, artists and audiences, and look at the role, value and impact of festivals in our broader glocal contexts. What’s more, this FestFlash includes a special insightful collection of artistic discoveries! Enjoy our festival stories and get in touch if you have a story of your own to tell! - more...

Michał Merczyński: “Co-production is a risk but it is the most fruitful way to produce new pieces”

01 October 2014

In the run-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Poznan from 20-27 October 2014, all presenters who will participate in the Atelier to exchange with 40 young artistic festival directors from all over the world will be introduced. One of them is Michał Merczyński, Director Malta Festival Poznań and Nostalgia Festival Poznan. He previously participated in the Atelier IZMIR 2011, Atelier LJUBLJANA 2012 and the Atelier EDINBURGH 2014. - more...

Annemie Vanackere: “Creating an adventurous international programme”

29 September 2014

In the run-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Poznan from 20-27 October 2014, all presenters who will participate in the Atelier to exchange with 40 young artistic festival directors from all over the world will be introduced. One of them is Annemie Vanackere; she will join the team of mentors of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers for the first time in Poznan. - more...

Bernard Faivre d’Arcier: “A festival is to help artists to dare, to engage in new projects”

24 September 2014

In the run-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Poznan from 20-27 October 2014, all presenters who will participate in the Atelier to exchange with 45 young artistic festival directors from all over the world will be introduced. One of them is Bernard Faivre d’Arcier, former long-standing Director of the Avignon Festival and President of the Lyon Biennial in France. He joined the team of presenters at the Atelier GÖRLITZ 2006, Atelier VARNA 2009, Atelier SINGAPORE 2011, Atelier LJUBLJANA 2012 and Atelier EDINBURGH 2014. - more...

Atelier for Young Festival Managers POZNAN 2014 – Seven Mentors Announced

22 September 2014

[PRESS RELEASE; Brussels, Belgium] The Festival Academy’s Atelier for Young Festival Managers, the training programme initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA), announces seven renowned festival directors from all over the world who will participate in the next edition in Poznan, Poland from 20-27 October 2014 organised in collaboration with the Malta Festival Poznan. - more...

Nele Hertling: “A festival director must support the artist”

17 September 2014

In the run-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Poznan from 20-27 October 2014, all presenters who will participate in the Atelier to exchange with 45 young artistic festival directors from all over the world will be introduced. One of them is Nele Hertling, Vice President of the Academy of Arts Berlin in Germany. She has participated in each Atelier edition: GOERLITZ 2006, VARNA 2009, SINGAPORE, IZMIR 2011, LJUBLJANA 2012 and EDINBURGH 2014. - more...

Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Beirut, 21-27 March 2015: deadline extended until 31 October

16 September 2014

The Festival Academy is delighted to announce that the application deadline has been extended for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers Beirut 2015 to give more young festival managers the opportunity to apply. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply until 31 October 2014. The Atelier will take place from 21 to 27 March 2015 in Beirut, Lebanon, in collaboration with the Beiteddine Art Festival. - more...

Hugo De Greef: “The Atelier is about exchanging experiences"

10 September 2014

In the run-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Poznan from 20-27 October 2014, all presenters who will participate to exchange with 45 young artistic festival directors from all over the world will be introduced. Seven renowned festival directors will guide the participants throughout the seven days of the Atelier POZNAN 2014. One of them is Hugo De Greef, Co-founder and Board member of The Festival Academy and former EFA Secretary General, who is also the Coordinator of the Atelier. - more...

FestFlash 3/2014: Detecting festival movements

14 August 2014

“It’s always festival season somewhere,” Eva Nunes rightly says in one of her latest blog posts. We couldn’t agree more. Our bloggers let themselves be inspired by their latest festival experiences, they explore the relation between festival directors, artists and audiences, and look at the role, value and impact of festivals in our broader glocal contexts. What’s more, this FestFlash includes a special insightful collection of artistic discoveries! Enjoy our festival stories and get in touch with us if you have a story of your own to tell! - more...

Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Beirut, 21-27 March 2015: deadline approaching!

13 August 2014

The Festival Academy’s 2015 Atelier for Young Festival Managers, initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA), will take place from 21 to 27 March 2015 in Beirut, Lebanon, in collaboration with the Beiteddine Art Festival. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply until 12 September 2014. In the vibrant Lebanese cultural city, some 10 renowned festival directors will guide 45 participants through the 7-day training programme. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: What I heard about the (Arts) World*

05 August 2014

What I heard about the (Arts) World shares with you some creations, projects, ideas or festivals of which we heard of from our EFA festivals, from the European House for Culture members and from our trusted friends that inspired them, us and hopefully you, as an audience and as human beings. Festivals are always making it possible to give creators the opportunity to develop their work and challenge themselves and audiences to access great original work. This season, our EFA festivals are doing this by presenting numerous world premieres, new productions and collaborating with each other. Here are some of the numerous examples. Read the full blog by Eva Nunes on Festival Bytes. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Detecting movement in Spain

30 July 2014

And it’s festival season! Well, to be accurate, between the many offers in all the different genres it’s always festival season somewhere. Festivals are moments of celebration and coming together, of exchange and awe, of discussion and reflection, so it is no wonder their appeal is so great to both audiences and artists alike. Back in the day when I was working as a tour manager I spent many hours trying to distinguish which piece would be interesting for each festival, which sensibilities would match, which audiences would welcome which form. In the last weeks, and with the news of many initiatives aiming at recognising the vast variety of festivals of multiple art forms, such as EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (the new European Commission pilot project for festivals initiated by EFA), I was triggered to refresh my memory of the festivals I fell out of contact with, the festivals I got to know and the festivals that no longer exist. Read the full blog by Eva Nunes on Festival Bytes. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Time for thought and space for change

24 July 2014

Summer is high festival season all over Europe; a busy time for festival directors that is both stressful and fulfilling. With hundreds of thousands of people, young and old, attending festivals and enjoying performances these days I feel it is a good moment to reflect about the responsibilities of festival directors. We must look at their responsibility to offer the best of the arts, to create a space of encounter for artists and audiences alike. They must also be impactful with their festival as artistic performances are curated as part of festivals’ socially and politically engaged programmes. Read the full blog by Kathrin Deventer on Festival Bytes. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Your artists are our artists

15 July 2014

“You have a flight tomorrow morning? Close your eyes and try to sleep now.” He looked at me surprised. Then he smiled and slowly closed his eyes. A Polish musician, a member of Sinfonia Varsovia that had just performed at the International Izmir Festival, was sitting next to me. The bus was going down on a dark, silent road. We had just left Ephesus to go back to Izmir city. Before falling asleep I was wondering: “Why do I always have this feeling of attachment to the artists?” After all, these artists were the professionals who came to do their job. They were paid and they performed for the festival audience, and then they were again on their way to another festival. Read the full blog by Hasan Isikli on Festival Bytes. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Glocal Festival Communities

10 July 2014

Every festival today faces the need to justify its existence. Festivals exist in a larger societal framework and have responsibilities, just like individual citizens or large corporations, for the development, openness and well-being of that society. As I travel across Europe, visiting a diverse array of festivals, I see they are all working on connecting the arts and the artists with people. They are bridging various agendas representing a ‘glocal’ struggle that most arts organisations experience nowadays: addressing global issues, engaging local communities, surprising citizens with new artistic discoveries and celebrating cultural heritage – all the while fighting for economic survival. Read the full blog by Kathrin Deventer on Festival Bytes - more...

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