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International Winter Arts Festival brings diverse artistic programme to Sochi

16 February 2015

The eighth International Winter Arts Festival in Sochi in 2015, the first “post-Olympic” festival, is in no way inferior to its predecessors in terms of programme scale and diversity. The ten days of the festival (13-22 February 2015) include ten events at the Winter Theater and seven concerts at the Philharmonic Organ Hall, along with master-class workshops focusing on academic, jazz, and folk instruments, academic vocal music, and classical ballet. - more...

EFA continues collaboration with Classical:NEXT 2015

10 February 2015

Classical:NEXT – the world’s leading expo for classical and contemporary music – has just published the first programme details for this year’s edition of Classical:NEXT (20-23 May 2015) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The European Festivals Association (EFA) is proud to announce that all EFA members are as of now entitled to a special discounted network rate. The meeting is taking place at the same time as the Rotterdam Operadagen, reduced tickets available for Classical:NEXT delegates. - more...

Deadline extended for Atelier in Gwangju 2015: Apply by 16 February

10 February 2015

The Festival Academy is delighted to announce that the application deadline has been extended for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers Gwangju 2015 to give more young festival managers the opportunity to apply. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply until 16 February 2015. The Atelier will take place from 31 September to 6 September 2015 in Gwangju, South Korea, in collaboration with the Chonnam National University and the Asian Arts Theatre (Asian Culture Complex). - more...

2015 Abu Dhabi Festival will run from 3 March to 2 April

04 February 2015

The Abu Dhabi Festival (ADF), organised by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), will hold its 12th edition from 3 March to 2 April. Affirming its position as one of the Middle East’s leading cultural festivals, ADF 2015 will welcome main programme performances by Brazilian music legend Sérgio Mendes; maestro Riccardo Muti conducting violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra; the acclaimed Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez; pianists Jan Lisiecki and Leif Ove Andsnes; the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer; two performances of a concert staging of Mozart's TheMagic Flute; and the Lebanese American singer Mayssa Karaa making her international debut. - more...

TBILISI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATRE calls for participation in 2015 festival

03 February 2015

The next edition of TBILISI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATRE will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia from 25 September to 3 October 2015. After four successful years of the programme NEW, the festival opened the doors to its 5th edition, and calls for applications for participation in the programme NEW. Deadline is 1 April 2015. - more...

Germany welcomes Finland at the Usedom Music Festival

01 February 2015

The Usedom Music Festival has been presenting the music cultures around the Baltic Sea at the German-Polish Isle of Usedom for 22 years. Every year, it changes its focus on one single country with exclusive programmes. Internationally renowned artists such as Kurt Masur, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gidon Kremer or the conductor dynasty Kristjan, Paavo and Neeme Järvi and many more brought the sound of the Baltic Sea to the Isle of Usedom. From September 19th to October 10th Finnish music makes the island ring at the southern coast of the Baltic Sea. - more...

EFA and festival leaders discuss joint agenda with European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics

10 December 2014

On 9 December 2014, the European Festivals Association invited festival leaders for a round table with EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Tibor Navracsics, led by Mr. Darko Brlek (EFA President) and Kathrin Deventer (Secretary General) in the presence of Ms. Adrienn Kiraly (Deputy Head of Mr. Navracsics’ Cabinet), Mr. Karel Bartak (Head of EAC. E. 2 Creative Europe Programme – Culture) and Ms. Corinne Rigaud (Programme Manager Culture Programme – EU Policies) to set the agenda of work between the European Commission and festivals in the field of arts and culture for the next 5 years. - more...

EFFE Festival Label Application Deadline Extended

15 November 2014

EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, would like to thank all of the festivals that applied for the EFFE Festival Label. Over 2,500 festivals have registered and many have applied from all over Europe. We are looking forward to reading all of your thoughts on how festivals can be committed to the arts, involved in their local communities and have a European and global outlook. - more...

Atelier for Young Festival Managers POZNAN 2014 inspired the next generation of festival leaders

28 October 2014

[PRESS RELEASE - Brussels, Belgium, 28 October 2014] The Festival Academy’s latest edition of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, the training programme initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA), concluded in Poznan, Poland on 26 October 2014. Hosted by the Malta Festival Poznan, it brought together 41 young festival managers from 23 countries. They joined the ever growing network of today 264 Alumni from 60 countries. The 7 days were full of thought-provoking exchanges and established sustainable ties for the future. The next opportunity for young festival leaders worldwide to participate in the Atelier is in Beirut in March 2015. - more...

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...

D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival Receives Silver Stevie Award

21 October 2014

Established and sponsored by the Doğuş Group, the D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival had been chosen the “Best Classical Music Event of the Year” in the 2012 Donizetti Classical Music Awards and had earned the “Regional Special Award” by Skalite Awards to D-Marin Turgutreis Marina in the same year. The D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival now received a “Silver Stevie” in the “Best Corporate Image Activity” category. - 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

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...

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 www.culturescapes.ch. - 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...

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