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Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival brings concert to Brussels

26 March 2015

A special concert commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide will take place on 26 April in Bozar, Brussels. The concert under the title “With you, Armenia” brings together the greatest musicians of our time, performing a classical and contemporary music programme: Sergei Nakariakov, Mischa Maisky and Maxim Vengerov will play together with the National Orchestra of Belgium under the baton of Maestro George Pehlivanian. - more...

2015 EFA General Assembly to take place in Ostrava/Czech Republic 4-7 June

23 March 2015

The European Festivals Association (EFA) is holding its 2015 General Assembly from 4-7 June in Ostrava/Czech Republic. It will be hosted by the Janácek May International Music Festival. The General Assembly is the most important moment for EFA members and invited guests to come together, exchange, network, explore the grounds for future collaboration and discuss the state of play of the festival business. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Bend it like an Art Festival

20 March 2015

“I wanted a political festival and I got it,” said Olivier Py, devoted artist and the new director of the Festival d’Avignon, in an interview (Libération Newspaper, 4 July 2014, page 10) that I read just after I had arrived in Avignon last summer. Sometimes I go to Brussels. I always take a train and arrive at Brussels Central Station. The building, especially the main hall, is a nice example of Art Deco style: high ceilings with simplified geometrical forms. On the walls World War I is commemorated that is part of the city’s memory. On the opposite side you can find coffee shops and newspaper stores. During day time, the place is filled with a crowd of tourists mixed with locals rushing to school, work or home. Last time I arrived at the station the chaotic atmosphere was different. - more...

International Music Festival Janáček May celebrates 40th jubilee

19 March 2015

From 24 May to 8 June 2015 the International Music Festival Janáček May will celebrate its 40th jubilee. The roots of the festival, though, date back much further: previously organised under the name Ostrava Music Spring, the festival looks back on a total history of 65 years. Continuing in its tradition, the festival will present soloists, such as Rafal Blechacz, Soňa Červená, Jiří Bárta, Adam Plachetka, Jonas Vitaud, Paul Lewis, prominent local and foreign orchestras, including Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and chamber ensembles, such as Bennewitz Quartet or the Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: What I Heard About The (Arts) World*

12 March 2015

On 21 January I had the pleasure of seeing again the piece that inspired the name of this series. What I Heard About The World was presented in Brussels, and I could share with friends, and other audience members who enjoyed a sold out performance, the work of mala voadora and Third Angel. It warms my heart every time I see a full venue, to see that audiences are still eager to see a good performance, to take the risk of the unknown, even on a dark, freezing evening when the warmth of our own home might feel quite appealing. So to start the year on an uplifting note: there are still things we hear about the (arts) world which are not dark and despairing and that’s what we have to strive to protect and spread. - more...

Darko Brlek about being a festival manager, artist, and cultural network president

11 March 2015

In 1992, Darko Brlek became the youngest artistic director of the Ljubljana Festival, taking over as executive director of the country's most important cultural festival in 1995. He became Vice President of the European Festivals Association (EFA) in 1997 and has served as EFA’s President since 2005. What’s more, Darko Brlek is a renowned concert clarinettist, regularly performing on stages around the world. In this interview for “The Slovenia Book” (released in 2015) he speaks about the parallels of managing a major festival and making music, and why international collaboration is crucial. - more...

Focus on Festivals: new publication explores festivals’ implications for wider industry and society

10 March 2015

A new publication entitled “Focus on Festivals” was launched on 27 February 2015 in Leicester, UK. The publication looks at understanding the causes and implications of the current growth in festivals internationally, and the implications for the wider industry and society. The book is the result of the work of the European Festival Research Project (EFRP), an initiative EFA has been supporting for many years. - more...

Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival: 19 Concerts for 19 Years

09 March 2015

Outstanding conductors, excellent soloists, great orchestras from Europe and the world; a programme featuring not only well-known classics but also musical discoveries and premieres – 22 March will see the inauguration of the 19th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, one of the largest and most important music events in Poland. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: This Is About You And Me

05 March 2015

How to fall in love? More difficult: How to stay in love? These days, we tend to not be interested in the continuous, we tend to be bored by repetition, even when just apparent, of something – or someone’s personality – already known. Even when that known is of the order of the strange, of the unknown. Paradoxical, yes. It is like this in life as it is in dance. Our bodies, mind and feelings crave for acquiring something new at all times… - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Sustainability: thoughts from the Atelier for Young Festival Managers Poznań

26 February 2015

Sustainability is an ongoing experiment, one that is usually met, in my experience, with an effort of solution-based, open and creative thinking. In this light, the question across independent and community arts sectors remains, how can we create a festival, event or project that can be maintained while it is relevant? I suppose this brings up two points, so let’s consider ‘relevance’ another time and assume the project we are discussing is relevant and has appropriate context both in its artistic form and the place it is presented. Read the full blog by Melissa Edwards on Festival Bytes. - more...

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...

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