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“A festival is a unique occasion for meeting different people and different cultures. Together with artists who are real masters of communication through art, a festival is a strong builder of bridges between different cultures - and even between civilizations."
Ján Figel’, former European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture, and Youth
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Serving Artists Serves the Public
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the European Festivals Association (EFA) jointly released an e-publication entitled “Serving Artists Serves the Public”. The book talks about the opportunities and challenges of programming arts festivals in Asia and Europe.
The publication is a compilation of 13 articles on various facets of managing arts festivals. It is a follow-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers’ held in May 2011 in Singapore. This EFA programme took place for the first time in Asia with the support of ASEF. It was organised with the Association of Asian Performing Arts Festivals (AAPAF), at the initiative of CultureLink Singapore and its Director, Ms GOH Ching-Lee.
The Atelier brought together a group of young festival organisers in order to share their experiences. They had opportunities to learn from the successes and failures of world-renowned festival directors, who were invited to speak at the event. As a result of this exchange opportunity, this e-publication will work as a handbook for upcoming editions of the Atelier in Asia and Europe.
Among the contributors are Ms Robyn ARCHER, the multi-faceted Australian artist; Mr Hugo DE GREEF, theatre director and Advisor to the Minister of Culture for the Flemish Community; Ms Kathrin DEVENTER, Secretary General of EFA; Ms Katelijn VERSTRAETE, Director, Arts & Creative Industries (East Asia), British Council; and Ms. Audrey WONG, Singapore’s first Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) for its arts community. Their articles are a useful reflection on the social role of local and international festivals, as well as the need for capacity building among young festival managers.
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Inside/Insight Festivals. 9 Festival Directors - 9 Stories
In EFA BOOKS 5 “Inside/Insight Festivals. 9 Festival Directors — 9 Stories” nine directors from four continents who have headed or are still at the head of festivals share their thoughts; their dreams and dilemmas; the problems they have encountered, and how they succeeded or failed to solve them. And above all: how they established artistic landmarks in the times and environments that were their own.
Robyn Archer is a key figure in Australian festival life; Maria Magdalena Schwaegermann has left marks on the German, Swiss and Australian festival landscapes; Serina Chen has been a fireball of activity on the Taiwanese cultural scene; Belgian Frie Leysen is one of the most experienced personalities on the international theatre scene; Thorunn Sigurdardottir sheds light on culture in Iceland, where she works; Rose Fenton and Lucy Neal co-founded a highly successful festival in the UK that is still up and running; Carla van Zon looks at the arts and cultural exchanges in New Zealand; and Ching-Lee Goh has contributed immensely to further the place of Singaporean artists and festival networking.
Publisher: European Festivals Association, D/2012/11.106/5
Co-Publisher: CultureLink Singapore
European Festivals Association: 60 Years On!
The ‘European Festivals Association: 60 Years On!’ is a book about the European Festivals Association, and its 60 years as a network for solidarity, growth, diversity, artistic endeavour – and for people; a book about Europe in times of transitions and enlargement; a Europe in the process of re-invention, integration and the creation of Europe as cultural project; a book about the nature of cultural networks and their mission, their added value, their projects and what they mean to their members. And, of course, a book about festivals as platforms for artistic creation and social actions deeply rooted in society. Eminent festival directors speak about what EFA has meant, means now and can mean for citizens, Europe and the world. They share their personal experiences and what they see as EFA’s continuing contribution to cultural Europe. Sister networks, insiders, friends and supporters from across the globe present their visions for 60 years on.