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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

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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...

EFA newsletter FestFlash 2/2014: While waiting for one’s festival

02 July 2014

Many festivals around Europe have already kicked off their 2014 editions; even more festivals are still to open their doors to their audiences. For those of you who are curiously waiting for their favourite festival to start, like our blogger Hasan Isikli from Izmir, we invite you to explore some festival issues together with EFA’s bloggers on Festival Bytes. Albert Edelman shares with us his vision of an ideal festival. Kathrin Deventer allows some insights into what happens when you invite composers for a real co-creation process during which their compositions are open for discussion and criticism. Ceyda Berk embarks on a journey from the 'Temple of Artemis' to 'A Rose for Lilly', looking at festival venues, from ancient buildings to a modern concert hall. Eva Nunes discusses the role of arts and culture in times of conflict. Jelle Dierickx dives into the cultural scene of a remarkable city, the city of Sarajevo. And Steve Austen talks about trends in the Dutch festival landscape. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: That old festival feeling

19 June 2014

The early music movement – that is: a way of looking at repertoire with an open and informed eye to the context of the work’s creation and reception, taking into account instruments, performance practice, among other things – really got going thanks to festivals. Bruges, Utrecht, Antwerp and Boston, to name but a few, have long operated as showcases for the latest research, the wildest experiments and, over time, the biggest names they themselves had helped grow. And this was long before music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and often even the Baroque became fashionable on ‘regular’ stages as it is now. Read the full blog by Albert Edelman on Festival Bytes. - more...

Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Beirut, 21-27 March 2015: apply now!

18 June 2014

Are you part of the next generation of artistic festival directors? Do you want to broaden your programming skills and be inspired by colleagues and experienced leaders in the field? Do you want to join a new network of future festival leaders worldwide? 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...

EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe launched, applications for EFFE Label open

11 June 2014

EFFE is a new international festival community in the making. Are you deeply committed to the arts? Do you interact with your local community? Do you feel that you are a European and a global actor? Do you want international recognition for what you do and would you like your peers and public to be better informed? EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe – is a gateway into Europe’s festivals specialised in everything cultural. It intends to broaden awareness of what’s going on in the festival world and to promote excellence and innovation. The first of EFFE’s initiatives is a quality label. This label is given to festivals with an artistic commitment, involvement in their local communities and a European and global outlook. All festivals in European Union countries can apply. Applications for the first two-year edition are open until 15 November 2014. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Waiting for one’s festival

06 June 2014

Festivals are people’s desires. Everybody awaits their festival for a whole year while the daily life continues with its regular sorrows, worries, happiness, anger and frequently apathy. When the festival starts it’s the time of Dionysos: the pleasure, folly, surprise and new sensations. For the sake of being respected in society this part of humans is usually repressed due to one’s cultural codes. Hence, one’s festival is the duration when the subjects reconnect to their social and physical environment by new discoveries and by multiplying their perception. Some people await a wedding of a relative so that they can see other members of the family and friends. Some people wait for a carnival where they enjoy themselves and get involved in a city’s tradition that transfers its values from old generations to the new ones. And other people wait for their art festivals of which they expect new surprises and discoveries each time. I am one of those waiting for an art festival: the International Izmir Festival, called İzmir Festivali by the locals. Read the full blog by Hasan Isikli on Festival Bytes. - more...

2014 Festival Readings to take place during Sibiu International Theatre Festival

03 June 2014

The 2014 Festival Readings will take place from 12 to 14 June in Sibiu, Romania (11:00-14:00; Astra Cinema Hall, Small Scuare, no 11) during the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. Hosted by the Sibiu Arts Market, the unique 3-day programme will consist of public lectures and debates and introduce participants to artistic festival management. An initiative of The Festival Academy and the European Festivals Association (EFA), the Festival Readings in 2014 will include Jan Simko (International Theatre Festival Divadelna Nitra), Marie-Agnès Sevestre (Les Francophonies en Limousin); Ada Paukstyte (Vilnius Festivals); Maria Szilagyi (Contemporary Drama Festival); Nelson Fernandez (NFA International Arts and Culture); and Hugo De Greef (General Coordinator of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers). - more...

Urban Nomads//Mongol Citizens: the fruits of an Atelier encounter

02 June 2014

The Festival Academy and the European Festivals Association (EFA) are delighted to see fruitful collaborations emerging from the Atelier for Young Festival Managers. Two Alumna of the Atelier – Corinna Bethge (Atelier IZMIR 2011) and Enkhzaya Jamsran (Atelier SINGAPORE 2011) met in 2011 in Ulaanbaatar; Enkhzaya was then working at the Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM). Today, three years later, ACM director Ariunaa Tserenpil collaborates in the festival project Urban Nomads//Mongol Citizens that Corinna first developed at the Atelier in Izmir in 2011. The upcoming Berlin edition of the festival is entitled “Crossing Identities - Beginners, Experts, Hybrids”. - more...

Atelier for Young Festival Managers POZNAN (20-27 October 2014): Deadline approaching!

27 May 2014

The next Atelier for Young Festival Managers will take place from 20-27 October 2014 in Poznan, Poland. To take part in the Atelier POZNAN 2014, The Festival Academy (initiative by the European Festivals Association) and the Malta Festival Poznan invite young festival managers from all over the world to apply until 30 May 2014! Festivals, cultural organisations, networks, foundations, universities etc. are invited to delegate a young festival manager to participate in the Atelier POZNAN 2014, and to spread the information broadly to their members, partners, contacts and interested people. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Culture and conflict: hope and optimism in times of darkness

23 May 2014

On 13 May 2014, the European Festivals Association (EFA) was delighted to welcome the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), and Sir Jonathan Mills, to what has become a tradition: to present the year’s festival programme in Belgium. As EFA Secretary General Kathrin Deventer stated, “it is a great opportunity for us to share the relevance of an artistic programme with the audience, artists, festival directors and policy makers." Read the full blog by Eva Nunes on Festival Bytes. - more...

EFA newsletter FestFlash 1/2014: Inside the Atelier for Young Festival Managers

20 May 2014

In this FestFlash, the European Festivals Association (EFA) gives you not only insights into the Atelier for Young Festival Managers and its incredible new network of festival managers from all over the world; what’s more, it provides some first-hand insights into festival making, as well as a series of questions festival makers ask themselves. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: From Festival of Fools to new trends in the festival landscape

15 May 2014

The past few months were rough for the Felix Meritis Foundation in Amsterdam. The Foundation went bankrupt in February this year due to a conflict of interest between the landlord and the Foundation. For quite a while there didn’t seem to be a clear future for the cultural house. After de Gemeente had bought the building for 5.3 million euros to take over the responsibilities from the owners of the building, a new foundation was established: Genootschap Felix Meritis / Felix Meritis Foundation will continue the activities and (international) projects of Felix Meritis. EFA is glad about these recent developments, and would like to share some insights into one of the last events with a focus on new trends in festivals. Read the full blog by Steve Austen, permanent fellow of Felix Meritis Foundation, on Festival Bytes. - more...

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