Quote of the Week
Without any doubt at all, art and culture are incredibly influential and uplifting experiences in society. Festivals seem to succeed in generating a stimulating and collective joyous atmosphere among people. They are superb instruments in reaching the public psyche, introducing vision and ideas, communicating a sense of art and reflection on cultural matters.
Hugo De Greef
Darko Brlek, EFA President, Ljubljana Festival:
“With each contact I have with EFA member and partner festivals I improve, not only as a festival director but also as a person. One learns all the time, and after 20 years I am still not bored, and I am continually hearing and learning new things. Thanks to the vision of the EFA Board and the Secretary Generals, we’ve become a modern network, with distinguished members, many activities, strong connections with the EU and the Commissioner for Culture. This is very important. Through EFA, we, the member festivals, increase our credibility in our local situations.”
Massimo Mercelli, EFA Vice-President, Emilia Romagna Festival:
“In particular in these times of global challenges and changes, EFA can offer a community of friendship, trust, solidarity and learning through its ever expending network of established and emerging festivals as well as cultural organisations collaborating across borders and arts disciplines.”
Filiz Eczacibasi Sarper, EFA Board member, International Izmir Festival:
"Being a part of EFA, an open and influential international association with a global and regional approach with which we share core objectives such as artistic excellence and internationalisation, means having a reliable companion that would tremendously increase our strength and capacity to fulfil our mission. We are very excited to join forces with this major network of arts festıvals and eager to add our voice."
Pineiro Nagy, Estoril Lisbon Festival:
“To be part of EFA immediately generated a double centripetal and centrifugal reaction. On the one hand was the immeasurable value that external relations mean for internal artistic life. On the other, the solidarity manifested by EFA members to a small festival seemed to reflect the well-known apocryphal phrase attributed to Jean Monnet… Si c’était à refaire, je commencerais par la culture, choosing a different Europe, less dominated by financial markets.”
Gintautas Kevisas, Vilnius Festival:
“It was immensely rewarding for the Vilnius Festival to be accepted as a member of the European Festivals Association in 1999. Thanks to EFA’s network, the festival has found new partners, created joint projects, and represented the Baltic countries in a wider European and Asian perspective. In 2009, we had the great honour of hosting EFA’s General Assembly, during the city’s year as European Capital of Culture and Lithuania’s Millennium celebrations.”