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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 General 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...

Culturescapes 2014 to focus on Tokyo

11 August 2014

Embedded in the festive events for the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Japan CULTURESCAPES has set the focus on Tokyo with the twelfth edition of the festival in 2014. The festival will run from 27 September until 22 November. The full programme will be published online on 10 September at - 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...

Edinburgh International Culture Summit to discuss culture as a currency of trust

01 August 2014

From 10-12 August 2014, the Edinburgh International Culture Summit invites Culture Ministers, artists, thinkers and arts leaders from around the world to come together to share ideas and discuss the power, position and profile of the arts, culture and creative industries. The theme for Summit 2014 is 'Culture - a Currency of Trust', reflecting the Summit's belief in the capacity of the arts and culture to foster mutual understanding between nations, states and cities. Set against the incomparable backdrop of the world's greatest cultural events, the Edinburgh Festivals, the Edinburgh International Culture Summit is uniquely placed to facilitate genuine exchange between practitioners and policy-makers. - more...

World stars to come to Turgutreis for festival

31 July 2014

The D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival will once again bring international stars to the southwestern resort town of Bodrum’s Turgutreis between 31 July and 3 August for its 10th edition. Admitted to the European Festivals Association (EFA) as a member in 2009 and with Yücel Canyaran undertaking its artistic direction, the D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival will host prominent names of classical music this year as well. The event, which has attracted prominence in its own field both nationally and internationally, has so far reached more than 140,000 people with the participation of over 3,000 artists. - 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...

Donostia / San Sebastián European Capital of Culture 2016 looking for a Managing Director

24 July 2014

The Fundación Donostia/San Sebastián 2016 has opened the selection process for the following position: Managing Director of Fundación European Capital of Culture Donostia/San Sebastián 2016. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall development of programme operations and strategy. Knowledge of the Donostia/San Sebastián 2016 programme is required, as is a firm commitment to the project, its values, and the social and cultural reality of the area. - more...

EU Delegation to Uruguay looks for EU cultural organisation to collaborate in 'Escena' Theatre Award

23 July 2014

As part of the new Head of Delegation's cultural visibility strategy, in 2013 the EU Delegation to Uruguay made its first incursion into theatre. Since it is not easy to back 'European' theatre without favouring one Member State or another, the Delegation decided to launch a European theatre award. It was decided to name this award the 'Escena' (in Spanish both 'stage' and 'scene') and to bestow it annually to the best play of European authorship to be staged in Uruguay throughout the year. In its second edition, the Delegation is looking for a partner organisation in an EU member state to offer a theatre-related scholarship to the Award winner. - 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...

Malta Arts Festival 2014 ready to go

14 July 2014

Whether you want to be charmed by contemporary duets in an open-air theatre, weep at Lear’s agony or be moved by a circus which blends poetry and humour, this year’s Malta Arts Festival promises to bring all that and more. Running from 14 July to 2 August, most of the events will be held in some of the island’s most prestigious historical venues, such as the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and the newly-restored Fort St Elmo, bringing a layer of history to the festival’s already rich narrative. - 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...

Beiteddine Art Festival as an act of faith

04 July 2014

The Beiteddine Art Festival is one of the leading festivals in the Middle East. It takes place in a large and magnificent 200-year old Palace in the Chouf Mountains, in Lebanon. Throughout its history the festival has hosted some of the biggest names in the industry placing Lebanon on the cultural map of the Arab world. The 2014 edition takes place 26 June to 9 August. - 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...

62nd Ljubljana Festival opens with Carmina Burana

01 July 2014

The 62nd edition of the Ljubljana Festival, featuring a highly diverse and exciting programme, will run between 1 July and 1 September this summer. Five concerts in Ljubljana’s Congress Square together with one at the Piazza Unità in neighbouring Trieste will make for an even more varied summer beat across two cities. At the opening of the Festival today, 1 July, over 300 musicians will perform one of the most brilliant scores of the 20th century, Carmina Burana, the cantata by German composer Carl Orff. - more...

Dubrovnik Summer Festival created rich programme for its anniversary season

30 June 2014

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival in its 65th edition is to be opened on 10 July at 9.00 pm in front of the St Blaise’s Church. The Festival, traditionally taking place from 10 July to 25 August, will play host to some 2000 artists from all over the world. During 47 festival days, more than 70 theatrical, musical, ballet, folklore and other events will take place in nearly twenty open-air venues and settings in Baroque - Renaissance city of Dubrovnik. - more...

Emilia Romagna Festival: with music around the world

25 June 2014

The Emilia Romagna Festival (ERF) takes place from 20 July to 16 September. The 2014 programme is a musical journey that goes around the world covering it with a clear choice and moving on solid tracks: the past, with the Bach project entrusted to Ramin Bahrami (artist in residence) and the contemporary, with an important presence, the world première of "Warum? Wozu? Wodurch?" from the legendary composer Sofija Gubajdulina, fresh Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale, a piece of music history that will be in Romagna for this première, and then with the EU project MUSMA which sends us over the radio waves of Europe. - more...

Last Israel Festival under Yossi Tal-Gan’s direction closed its 53rd edition

24 June 2014

For 53 years the Israel Festival has been one of the cultural events most identified with the city of Jerusalem, both locally and internationally. Over the years the Festival has carried on an ongoing artistic dialogue with the historical sites and institutions of the city. The festival hosted leading artists and wisely harnessed the city’s uniqueness and magical sites as a magnet for artists from East and West. It has broken out of theatre venues to set its stage amid the ancient stones and ramparts of city's historical locations. - more...

National Arts Festival Rises to the Occasion on its 40th Anniversary

23 June 2014

The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year (3-13 July 2014), has announced a landmark Main programme which will feature the work of 65 former Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners; artists from 26 countries; over 550 performances in Theatre, Dance, Performance Art and Music; nine specially commissioned music works; musicians with more than 40 South African Music Awards and three Grammy Awards under their belt, and an ambitious, sprawling ‘Creation of a Nation’ project across Grahamstown. - 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...

Mersin Festival closes with a message of peace

19 June 2014

The beautiful and musical hot summer nights at Mersin International Music Festival include a wide variety of artists: from famous opera soprano Angel Joy Blue to Spanish jazz/pop singer Buika, national orchestras with Italian and Turkish conductors, young and talented violinists from Turkey and abroad, world music and traditional dance. The event closing the Mersin Festival on 11 June brought together Turkish violinist Cihat Askin and two great artists from Israel for “In a Free Spirit”. Together with Yair Dalal (oud & violin) and Erez Mounk (percussion), they presented the audience with a spiritual wealth of ‘Maqam’, Jewish and Turkish music in the wonderful setting of the St. Paul’s church of Tarsus. - more...

88th Varna Summer International Music Festival promises to be feast for music lovers

18 June 2014

The Varna Summer International Music Festival opened its 88th edition on 14 June 2014 with a symphony concert featuring Varna Philharmonic with principal conductor Svetoslav Borissov and young violin virtuoso Alehandra Soumm. Special guest at the opening ceremony and concert was Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General of the European Festivals Association (EFA). The festival runs until 8 August. - 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...

“Eternal Rhythms and Timeless Masters of Music”: Izmir Festival kicked off with Krzysztof Penderecki

17 June 2014

The Izmir Foundation for Culture Arts and Education (IKSEV) organises the 28th International Izmir Festival between 14 June and 3 September 2014. The 600th anniversary of diplomatic relationships between Turkey and Poland will be celebrated with the participation of the best artists from both countries in the Great Theatre of Ephesus. The opening concert was held on 14 June 2014 at 21.30 pm in the Great Theatre of Ephesus. After the opening ceremony, Krzysztof Penderecki who is one of the greatest artists, composers and conductors of our age, conducted the Sinfonia Varsovia, an established and internationally renowned art institute of Poland. - more...

Successful MusMA edition in Ankara adds to European music repertoire

16 June 2014

MusMA (Music Masters on Air), the European Broadcasting Festival, is an international initiative introduced in 2009-2010 by ten leading European festivals, all members of the European Festivals Association (EFA). The Turkish leg of MusMA is managed by Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation (SCAMF), the organiser of the Ankara International Music Festival. The project is supported by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) and radio stations in nine countries that broadcast classical music. The MusMA V workshop was held in Ankara from 24-26 April 2014, organised by the Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation. The theme “Water”, also proposed by SCA Music Foundation, is the topic of the coming MusMA project. - 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...

21st Usedom Music Festival discovers Poland’s Musical Heritage on the Two-Country-Island

10 June 2014

Poland and Germany - for centuries both countries have enjoyed a lively cultural exchange. On the Island of Usedom, they even share an island. From September 20 to October 11, 2014 the 21st Usedom Music Festival focuses on these connections. Under the motto "Poland's musical heritage before, after and including Chopin", 40 events explore the classical musical legacy of Poland through concerts, exhibitions and tours at 27 locations on the Polish and German Island of Usedom. - more...

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