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Deadline extended for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers Chiang Mai

05 February 2016

In order to give more young festival makers the chance to apply, The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), is extending the call for applications for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers to take place from 1 to 7 December 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in collaboration with Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau. Some ten renowned festival directors will guide 45 participants through the 7-day training programme. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply until 13 March 2016. - more...

Ljubljana Festival and Batumi Music Festival present 2016 programmes at European House for Culture

26 January 2016

On 9 February in Brussels at the European House for Culture, Ljubljana Festival and Batumi Music Festival will present their 2016 programmes at the European House for Culture. Both artistic directors, Darko Brlek (Ljubljana) and Elisso Bolkvadze (Batumi), as well as the Minister of Culture of Georgia and the Ambassador of Georgia will be present. - more...

Module I of new Festival Production Management Training concludes with great success

27 January 2016

Last week from 20 to 23 January, the first round of the Festival Production Management Training took place in Antwerp, Belgium. Organised by The Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association) in collaboration with deSingel International Art Campus, Module I of the new training programme gathered 22 young festival makers from 15 countries. For three days, they heard from and exchanged with experienced production managers, discussed topics related to producing artistic creations in festivals in working groups, and linked theory to practice through witnessing artistic performances. “Attempting a breakthrough in the 10th year of my arts producing career, the Festival Production Management Training Antwerp inspired me when rethinking and shaping my future plans,” said participant Si Kei Chan. - more...

FestFlash of EFA & EFFE (January 2016): News from the EFFE Community, festival training, and more

22 January 2016

At the European Festivals Association and EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, we are excited to see the first festivals kicking off their 2016 editions or announcing their 2016 programmes! This FestFlash brings you news from festivals across Europe, and highlights some opportunities for you: Festivals and festival professionals from across the globe are invited to join the EFFE Community now! The Festival Academy has kicked off its 2016 training programme with a new training format for production managers that is currently on in Antwerp; the first 2016 Festival Readings will take place in Sochi in February; and the application deadline for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Chiang Mai (1-7 December 2016) is fast approaching on 31 January! Read the FestFlash for festival news from across Europe! - more...

Productive days in Antwerp: first Festival Production Management Training opened

21 January 2016

Yesterday, 20 January 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium, the first Festival Production Management Training opened with 22 young festival makers from 15 countries across the globe, three presenters, and inspiring speeches at deSingel International Arts Campus. Organised by The Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association), the new training programme allows participants to exchange with expert production managers on their experience and the challenges of realising an artistic work. The group was welcomed by Jerry Aerts, Director deSingel International Arts Campus, and Inge Ceustermans, Managing Director The Festival Academy. - more...

Deadline impending for The Festival Readings Sochi 2016

19 January 2016

Want to learn about festival management and artistic programming from the horse’s mouth? Sign up for free before 20 January to attend the Sochi Festival Readings 2016, 13 – 15 February, in collaboration with the Winter International Arts Festival. A series of three lectures on consecutive days, young professionals and students in the field of arts and cultural management will have the opportunity to hear advice, expertise and discussion from international leaders of the arts world about the essence of festivals: their artistic meaning, their role as a nursery for innovation, and the unique experience they offer audiences. - more...

Pilot edition of new training programme for festival production managers kicks off this week

18 January 2016

[PRESS RELEASE] The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), kicks off a new training format targeting festival production managers this week. Module I of the 3-module programme will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, from 20 to 23 January 2016 in collaboration with deSingel International Arts Campus. 22 participants from 15 countries will meet and exchange with experienced production managers. Elisabeth Knauf, Production Manager HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Annet Lekkerkerker, Managing Director Holland Festival, and Roy Luxford, Planning and Operations Director Edinburgh International Festival, will share their experiences on production management in sessions guided by Hugo De Greef, General Coordinator The Festival Academy, together with Nele Hertling, Member Strategy Group “A Soul for Europe”. - more...

Join the European Festivals Association (EFA) in 2016

17 December 2015

The European Festivals Association (EFA) is inviting festivals to join the Association in 2016. Membership in EFA means for festivals to have exclusive access and direct contact to a core group of 100 festivals from Europe and beyond that has been working together, networking, co-presenting and co-producing since the launch of the Association back in 1952, and to benefit from a wide range of activities and initiatives. EFA’s members are the core element that make the Association an open, influential, international place for any festival that wants to be part of a bigger festival community. - more...

FestFlash of EFA & EFFE (December 2015): Festival highlights from across the globe

16 December 2015

2015 was an exciting year for the European Festivals Association and EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe. A new festival community has been created that unites almost 800 festivals all over Europe under EFFE's roof. The Festival Academy, EFA's training platform, enlarged its Alumni Network to more than 300 young festival directors from across the globe. We are looking forward to seeing the achievements of 2015 grow further in 2016. And the best part: you have the possibility to join these networks! Read the FestFlash to find out what's in it for you, and catch some first-hand festival insights shared by EFA's and EFFE's colleagues!  - more...

Atelier for Young Festival Managers Chiang Mai, Thailand - Apply by 31 January!

08 December 2015

The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), is calling for applications for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers to take place from 1 to 7 December 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in collaboration with Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau. Some ten renowned festival directors will guide 45 participants through the 7-day training programme. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply until 31 January 2016. - more...

EFFE Guide offered at discount

03 December 2015

“The unique ability of festivals to draw a crowd that is curious to encounter ‘the other’ is as relevant as ever,” says Vincent Baudriller, President of the EFFE International Jury, in his introduction in the ultimate guide book for cultural festivals in Europe. The print publication is celebrating the festivals united in EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe. It contains both inspiring articles on festival life as well as essential details on each festival taking part in this platform - the 12 EFFE Award winners and the 760 festivals from 31 countries that were honoured with the EFFE Label. The EFFE Guide makes festivals’ information easily accessible to audiences, colleagues in the arts, artists, performing arts companies, public authorities at all levels, sponsors and the media. - more...

Call to festivals: host a young production manager as part of new training

02 December 2015

The Festival Production Management Training is a new format of The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA). It focuses especially on production management in terms of realising and implementing the vision of the artistic director. The training looks at the practical side of this process, with special attention given to working with artists. The pilot edition will kick off 20-23 January 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium in collaboration with deSingel International Arts Campus. 25 young festival production managers have been selected to participate in the pilot edition. The Festival Academy is now looking for festivals to host one of them for a 1-week placement. - more...

Step on stage at Europe’s leading festivals

01 December 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015: The European Festivals Association (EFA), its festival platform – EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, and the Google Cultural Institute are inviting people to a unique interactive experience of performing arts, drama, dance, music, opera and more. Opening today, a new online exhibition platform - a partnership between Google and over 60 of the world’s foremost cultural institutions - will enable web users to step into the theater or out onto the street and mingle with the likes of leading festivals from across Europe. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: The Middle Ages of European Festivals

24 November 2015

The big performing arts festivals on the ‘old continent’ turned into mass culture over the years. Huge events in which the influence of city marketing is very present. These festivals as Festival d’Avignon, Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen and Edinburgh International Festival were built to overcome differences in Post-Second World War Europe. With present-day Europe at crisis in many aspects, but most pre-dominantly in the moral sphere, these festivals no longer proclaim a critical, reflective and political stance. They have become market orientated, tourist-attracting and city brand polishing Ivory towers. Read the full blog by Jonathan Offereins on Festival Bytes. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Duties of a privileged theatre maker

10 November 2015

Back home in Copenhagen after a week spent in Gwangju, South Korea, and the thoughts gathered during the Atelier for Young Festival Managers starts to form into new shapes in my head. At the Atelier I found myself in a room full of curious, creative and hardworking people engaged in the arts all over the world. Each one of us having very different realities and backgrounds, but all of us in various ways struggling to make the world a better place through our work. Read the full blog by Emilie Bendix on Festival Bytes. - more...

EFA's FestFlash (November 2015): Festival highlights from across the globe

05 November 2015

What do Kenya and South Korea have in common when in comes to arts and culture? What do you know about the festival scenes in Shanghai or in Tel-Aviv? What about the contemporary dance scene in Spain? Our Festival Bytes bloggers take you on a festival journey around the globe! What's more, we invite you to discover EFFE's autumn festivals taking place across Europe at www.effe.eu. Enjoy the journey, and read EFA's newsletter FestFlash!  - more...

New on Festival Bytes: What I Heard About The (Arts) World* 06

29 October 2015

While the December through March Festivals are still keeping their programmes under wraps here are some ideas of what you can already look forward to. This edition of What I heard about the (Arts) World* shares highlights from the Lucerne Festival at the Piano, Europalia Arts Festival, Festival d’Automne à Paris and Berliner Festspiele. As usual, we are looking at world premieres, collaborations and new productions. Read the full blog by Eva Nunes on Festival Bytes.  - more...

New on Festival Bytes: New Routes of the Silk Road

03 November 2015

Following the footsteps of humankind and the journey through history is always fascinating. It is a never-ending story of evolution, adaptation and irresistible instinct to find a nest to survive. In a broad perspective, what we call culture is the knowledge of humans, accumulated over generations with the purpose of continuation of mankind. On this long journey, the threat has been not only a harsh climate but also the brutality of competing tribes. And those who survive, for thousands of years, have been travelling; out of curiosity, because of necessity, or just to discover, to trade, to conquer, to defeat, to fight. As an Izmirian, coming from the coastal region of Anatolia, I am not unfamiliar with the stories of ancient heroes and their travels: Homer’s Odysseus, the Persian messengers described by Herodotus, or the traders of the Silk Road. Read the full blog by Ceyda Berk-Söderblom on the China Shanghai International Arts Festival / Performing Arts Fair on Festival Bytes.  - more...

EFA members met their Asian peers in Shanghai

02 November 2015

As in previous years, an EFA Delegation went to Shanghai (15-21 October 2015) for the China Shanghai International Arts Festival / Performing Arts Fair. Some 10 EFA members attended the event to meet colleagues from the Asian arts and festival sector and to explore collaboration opportunities. EFA President Darko Brlek spoke in a workshop on “How to Plan and Run an Arts Festival”. Ceyda Berk-Söderblom shares some more insights in her blog "New Routes of the Silk Road" on Festival Bytes.   - more...

New on Festival Bytes: South Korea and Kenya: two kids from the same class

12 October 2015

During the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Gwangju, organised by The Festival Academy, I was privileged to visit some really amazing places and events including the Opening Festival at the newly constructed architectural marvel, the Asian Culture Complex (ACC). Kenya and South Korea have many things in common; I’d say if South Korea and Kenya were kids they would be in the same class. Read the full blog by Liz Kilili on Festival Bytes.  - more...

New on Festival Bytes: La Bella Vita

06 October 2015

The Lago Maggiore, nice weather, concerts in historic and stunning settings, good food and fantastic wines; the “Settimane Musicale” had enough to offer! This year, national musicians where dominating the impressive list of concerts and recitals, possibly due to recent more complicated budget regulations of the Italian Government. It looks like more than ever festivals need to join forces to engage their artists. Stresa Festival offer their musical encounters in elegant and historic settings, among other, on three islands on the Lago Maggiore full of indigenous trees and flowers, historic buildings and small streets that are providing breath-taking views of the lake and the Swiss Alps. Read the full blog by Irme de Jong on Festival Bytes.  - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Rethinking our responsibility towards society

01 October 2015

Looking back at the week of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Gwangju, I have to say that it was a truly unique experience. The Atelier took place in the context of the opening of the Asia Culture Centre and its first festival; on the historic site where the democratic uprising in South Korea took place in 1980. It allowed us to understand the context of cultural and artistic activities in South Korea. Read the full blog by Inge Ceustermans,Managing Director The Festival Academy, on Festival Bytes.  - more...

New on Festival Bytes: What I Heard About The (Arts) World* 05

29 September 2015

"I heard that Europe was moving and shaking with festival life these last months! I heard of a wonderful festival in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata and took the opportunity to go spend some quality time there. I also heard that our EFA members have been making the summer months exciting, so here are a couple of things I didn’t see but would have liked to. As they say: so many festivals, so little time." The fifth edition of Eva Nunes' "What I Heard About The (Arts) World" features world premieres, collaborations, and new productions of festivals, including Reykjavik Arts Festival, George Enescu Festival, Lucerne Festival, Berliner Festspiele’s JazzFest, Brno International Music Festival, MITO Settembre Musica, Tbilisi International Theatre Festival, Gent Festival of Flanders, and Costa Contemporánea Festival. Read the full blog by Eva Nunes on Festival Bytes. - more...

EFFE Awards for Top 12 Festivals in Europe Announced

28 September 2015

250 festival representatives from across Europe gathered in Paris on 27 September for the announcement of the first ever EFFE Awards. An International Jury, presided over by Vincent Baudriller, Director of Théâtre Vidy in Lausanne, rewarded 12 of the most trend-setting European festivals of this year from a pool of 760 festivals from 31 countries. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Experiencing movement in Spain

25 September 2015

For many the perfect summer holiday involves soaking up on vitamin D on a relaxing spot with nothing to do but enjoy a good rest in good company. Imagine when you can top that by adding to the warm sun and calm sea the chance to soak up on vitamins T and G (and I don’t mean Torulitine and Riboflavin nor Tequila and Gin!). And that’s precisely how I spent my holiday, soaking up on (T)alent and (G)enerosity! Talent of creators like Guillermo Weickert, La Macana, María Muñoz (Mal Pelo), Elías Aguirre or pianist Alejandro Rojas Marcos. Generosity of a very engaged team, led by Nerea Aguilar, director of Costa Contemporánea, who, for the 6th year, ensures the professionalism and quality of a festival which creates a community filled with life in this far corner of Spain with very little means but a lot of heart! Read the full blog by Eva Nunes on Festival Bytes.   - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Back to reality

23 September 2015

A week after the Atelier for Young Festival Managers and I am still getting over the 12 extraordinary days in South Korea, 11 of which in Gwangju the ‘cradle of the Korean democratic movement’ and home to the newly built Asia Cultural Centre. What a great trip, I learnt a lot, extended my networks and experienced a culture I knew very little about. It is easy to be absolutely ecstatic and eulogise about all of the amazing people and the experience, this was inevitable, I guess! Read the full blog by Abduk Shayek, one of 35 participants of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Gwangju, on Festival Bytes. - more...

Gwangju Atelier for Young Festival Managers confirms success of The Festival Academy

24 September 2015

[PRESS RELEASE - Brussels, 24 September 2015] The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), continues extending its offer for training in festival management. Since its launch in 2013, new education formats have been initiated based on the success of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers. The Atelier was developed into a regular training for artistic festival directors with two editions per year. As of 2016, The Festival Academy will add a course for production managers to its programme. The most recent Atelier in Gwangju, South Korea, confirmed the success and necessity of providing training opportunities for early career professionals and to collaborate across continents. Participants joined the ever-growing Alumni Network counting currently 335 future festival leaders from 65 countries. - more...

EFFE.eu puts 760 festivals at your fingertips

23 September 2015

EFFE.eu is launched today as the most comprehensive guide to festivals in Europe. In Europe the arts are just a festival away, and this new website brings information on 760 of Europe’s best festivals to audiences across the continent and beyond. These festivals, recipients of EFFE’s quality label, come from 31 countries and range from the big and famous to the quirky. The website is live now at www.effe.eu, giving audiences far and wide access to these amazing cultural events. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: What you should know about Tel-Aviv’s festival scene

22 September 2015

September marks the end of summer and beginning of autumn events in Israel. Temperatures slowly decline beneath 30°C and the holiday season is in full swing. Around the country people pack their children and travel near and far to one (or more) of the many festivals flooding the countryside, ranging from folklore carnivals and traditional crafts happenings to fringe theatre and sacred music festivals. One might expect the biggest and boldest festivals to take place in Tel-Aviv, the vibrant capital of culture and creativity in Israel and a popular tourist destination, thanks to its long beaches and sparkly atmosphere. Is this really the case? Let’s go on a tour of the Tel-Aviv festivals scene and find out. Read the full blog by Premshay Hermon on Festival Bytes.  - more...

EFA's FestFlash (September 2015): Summer of Festivals

18 September 2015

At the end of September, the European Festivals Association will for the first time unite a new community of festivals through its initiatives EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe. On 27 September, the EFFE Award Ceremony and EFFE Community Launch will celebrate the first edition of EFFE Labels and Awards. Only days before, we would like to draw your attention to another selection of festivals: the festivals experienced by our Festival Bytes bloggers this summer. This FestFlash brings you to the UK, Finland, Poland, Portugal, and Lebanon. Enjoy the journey, and read EFA's newsletter FestFlash! - more...

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