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Deadline extended for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers Chiang Mai

05 February 2016

In order to give more young festival makers the chance to apply, The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), is extending the call for applications for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers to take place from 1 to 7 December 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in collaboration with Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau. Some ten renowned festival directors will guide 45 participants through the 7-day training programme. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply until 13 March 2016. - more...

Ravenna Festival 2016: Dedicated to Nelson Mandela

29 January 2016

Yesterday, 28 January 2016, in Brussels, Ravenna Festival presented its 2016 programme at the Istituto di Cultura Bruxelles. After the presentation by Antonio De Rosa, the audience enjoyed a concert of the Quartetto di fiati dell’Orchestra Giovanile “Luigi Cherubini”. The XXVII edition of the Ravenna Festival (13 May – 13 July) is characterised by an extremely varied artistic programme including all types of performative arts: symphonic and chamber music, opera, drama, dance, musical theatre, jazz and ethnic music. - more...

Module I of new Festival Production Management Training concludes with great success

27 January 2016

Last week from 20 to 23 January, the first round of the Festival Production Management Training took place in Antwerp, Belgium. Organised by The Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association) in collaboration with deSingel International Art Campus, Module I of the new training programme gathered 22 young festival makers from 15 countries. For three days, they heard from and exchanged with experienced production managers, discussed topics related to producing artistic creations in festivals in working groups, and linked theory to practice through witnessing artistic performances. “Attempting a breakthrough in the 10th year of my arts producing career, the Festival Production Management Training Antwerp inspired me when rethinking and shaping my future plans,” said participant Si Kei Chan. - more...

Ljubljana Festival and Batumi Music Festival present 2016 programmes at European House for Culture

26 January 2016

On 9 February in Brussels at the European House for Culture, Ljubljana Festival and Batumi Music Festival will present their 2016 programmes at the European House for Culture. Both artistic directors, Darko Brlek (Ljubljana) and Elisso Bolkvadze (Batumi), as well as the Minister of Culture of Georgia and the Ambassador of Georgia will be present. - more...

FestFlash of EFA & EFFE (January 2016): News from the EFFE Community, festival training, and more

22 January 2016

At the European Festivals Association and EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, we are excited to see the first festivals kicking off their 2016 editions or announcing their 2016 programmes! This FestFlash brings you news from festivals across Europe, and highlights some opportunities for you: Festivals and festival professionals from across the globe are invited to join the EFFE Community now! The Festival Academy has kicked off its 2016 training programme with a new training format for production managers that is currently on in Antwerp; the first 2016 Festival Readings will take place in Sochi in February; and the application deadline for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Chiang Mai (1-7 December 2016) is fast approaching on 31 January! Read the FestFlash for festival news from across Europe! - more...

Productive days in Antwerp: first Festival Production Management Training opened

21 January 2016

Yesterday, 20 January 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium, the first Festival Production Management Training opened with 22 young festival makers from 15 countries across the globe, three presenters, and inspiring speeches at deSingel International Arts Campus. Organised by The Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association), the new training programme allows participants to exchange with expert production managers on their experience and the challenges of realising an artistic work. The group was welcomed by Jerry Aerts, Director deSingel International Arts Campus, and Inge Ceustermans, Managing Director The Festival Academy. - more...

Bulgarian Festivals Association and Norway Festivals release new festival study

20 January 2016

The Bulgarian Festivals Association (BFA) and Norway Festivals released a White Paper on the “Analyses and Proposals for Reforms in the Sphere of Festivals in Bulgaria” with the main purpose to propose ways to encourage, protect and support festivals of proven and unquestionable cultural, social and artistic merit. The White Paper presents the results of two years of research in the festival field in Bulgaria, with focus on the five major cities in the country - Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas and Rouse. BFA analysed the jurisdictional frame that regulate the foundation and development of festivals, the economic benefits of festivals, and the financial mechanism that supports festivals. The White Paper summarises the Norwegian festival reality - including financial mechanism, criteria, long-term support, etc., and adapts them to the Bulgarian reality. To conclude, the White Paper comes up with a new structural proposals for reforming the festival sphere in Bulgaria by developing a special programme for long term support or even founding a Festival Fund. - more...

Deadline impending for The Festival Readings Sochi 2016

19 January 2016

Want to learn about festival management and artistic programming from the horse’s mouth? Sign up for free before 20 January to attend the Sochi Festival Readings 2016, 13 – 15 February, in collaboration with the Winter International Arts Festival. A series of three lectures on consecutive days, young professionals and students in the field of arts and cultural management will have the opportunity to hear advice, expertise and discussion from international leaders of the arts world about the essence of festivals: their artistic meaning, their role as a nursery for innovation, and the unique experience they offer audiences. - more...

Pilot edition of new training programme for festival production managers kicks off this week

18 January 2016

[PRESS RELEASE] The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), kicks off a new training format targeting festival production managers this week. Module I of the 3-module programme will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, from 20 to 23 January 2016 in collaboration with deSingel International Arts Campus. 22 participants from 15 countries will meet and exchange with experienced production managers. Elisabeth Knauf, Production Manager HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Annet Lekkerkerker, Managing Director Holland Festival, and Roy Luxford, Planning and Operations Director Edinburgh International Festival, will share their experiences on production management in sessions guided by Hugo De Greef, General Coordinator The Festival Academy, together with Nele Hertling, Member Strategy Group “A Soul for Europe”. - more...

Ravenna Festival calls for young artists to present projects inspired by Dante Alighieri

13 January 2016

In 2016 Ravenna Festival renews its commitment to the celebration and promotion of the relationship between the City of Ravenna and Dante Alighieri, with an important project set in the Ancient Franciscan Cloisters in the "zone of silence", the historical and ideal setting of Dante Alighieri's years in Ravenna, including the Tomb of Dante. Ravenna Festival calls for young artists to present projects inspired by Dante Alighieri. The international competition under the title “Young Artists for Dante” is open until 28 February. - more...

Join the European Festivals Association (EFA) in 2016

17 December 2015

The European Festivals Association (EFA) is inviting festivals to join the Association in 2016. Membership in EFA means for festivals to have exclusive access and direct contact to a core group of 100 festivals from Europe and beyond that has been working together, networking, co-presenting and co-producing since the launch of the Association back in 1952, and to benefit from a wide range of activities and initiatives. EFA’s members are the core element that make the Association an open, influential, international place for any festival that wants to be part of a bigger festival community. - more...

FestFlash of EFA & EFFE (December 2015): Festival highlights from across the globe

16 December 2015

2015 was an exciting year for the European Festivals Association and EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe. A new festival community has been created that unites almost 800 festivals all over Europe under EFFE's roof. The Festival Academy, EFA's training platform, enlarged its Alumni Network to more than 300 young festival directors from across the globe. We are looking forward to seeing the achievements of 2015 grow further in 2016. And the best part: you have the possibility to join these networks! Read the FestFlash to find out what's in it for you, and catch some first-hand festival insights shared by EFA's and EFFE's colleagues!  - more...

Kristjan Järvi and Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation announce new orchestra

15 December 2015

Berlin, 15 December 2015. Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation have announced the formation of a new multinational orchestra, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, as a sister orchestra to Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (BYP). Like BYP, the new ensemble brings together orchestral musicians from the ten countries of the Baltic Sea region – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The orchestra makes its debut in April 2016 with its ‘Baltic Sea Landscapes’ tour – dedicated to the environment of the Baltic Sea region – through Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Russia. - more...

Atelier for Young Festival Managers Chiang Mai, Thailand - Apply by 31 January!

08 December 2015

The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), is calling for applications for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers to take place from 1 to 7 December 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in collaboration with Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau. Some ten renowned festival directors will guide 45 participants through the 7-day training programme. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply until 31 January 2016. - more...

EFFE Guide offered at discount

03 December 2015

“The unique ability of festivals to draw a crowd that is curious to encounter ‘the other’ is as relevant as ever,” says Vincent Baudriller, President of the EFFE International Jury, in his introduction in the ultimate guide book for cultural festivals in Europe. The print publication is celebrating the festivals united in EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe. It contains both inspiring articles on festival life as well as essential details on each festival taking part in this platform - the 12 EFFE Award winners and the 760 festivals from 31 countries that were honoured with the EFFE Label. The EFFE Guide makes festivals’ information easily accessible to audiences, colleagues in the arts, artists, performing arts companies, public authorities at all levels, sponsors and the media. - more...

Call to festivals: host a young production manager as part of new training

02 December 2015

The Festival Production Management Training is a new format of The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA). It focuses especially on production management in terms of realising and implementing the vision of the artistic director. The training looks at the practical side of this process, with special attention given to working with artists. The pilot edition will kick off 20-23 January 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium in collaboration with deSingel International Arts Campus. 25 young festival production managers have been selected to participate in the pilot edition. The Festival Academy is now looking for festivals to host one of them for a 1-week placement. - more...

Step on stage at Europe’s leading festivals

01 December 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015: The European Festivals Association (EFA), its festival platform – EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, and the Google Cultural Institute are inviting people to a unique interactive experience of performing arts, drama, dance, music, opera and more. Opening today, a new online exhibition platform - a partnership between Google and over 60 of the world’s foremost cultural institutions - will enable web users to step into the theater or out onto the street and mingle with the likes of leading festivals from across Europe. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: The Middle Ages of European Festivals

24 November 2015

The big performing arts festivals on the ‘old continent’ turned into mass culture over the years. Huge events in which the influence of city marketing is very present. These festivals as Festival d’Avignon, Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen and Edinburgh International Festival were built to overcome differences in Post-Second World War Europe. With present-day Europe at crisis in many aspects, but most pre-dominantly in the moral sphere, these festivals no longer proclaim a critical, reflective and political stance. They have become market orientated, tourist-attracting and city brand polishing Ivory towers. Read the full blog by Jonathan Offereins on Festival Bytes. - more...

Vladimir Jurowski new Artistic Director of Enescu International Festival

19 November 2015

[19 November 2015, Bucharest, Romania] The Principal Conductor of London Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the State Academic Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov”, Vladimir Jurowski, is the new Artistic Director of George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest, Romania. The positon is honorary and will take effect immediately. In a press conference to be held in Bucharest on 30 November, Vladimir Jurowski will share his vision and the artistic direction for the Enescu Festival 2017. Among the highlights of the 2017 Edition’s programme are pianist Lang Lang and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: Duties of a privileged theatre maker

10 November 2015

Back home in Copenhagen after a week spent in Gwangju, South Korea, and the thoughts gathered during the Atelier for Young Festival Managers starts to form into new shapes in my head. At the Atelier I found myself in a room full of curious, creative and hardworking people engaged in the arts all over the world. Each one of us having very different realities and backgrounds, but all of us in various ways struggling to make the world a better place through our work. Read the full blog by Emilie Bendix on Festival Bytes. - more...

EFA's FestFlash (November 2015): Festival highlights from across the globe

05 November 2015

What do Kenya and South Korea have in common when in comes to arts and culture? What do you know about the festival scenes in Shanghai or in Tel-Aviv? What about the contemporary dance scene in Spain? Our Festival Bytes bloggers take you on a festival journey around the globe! What's more, we invite you to discover EFFE's autumn festivals taking place across Europe at www.effe.eu. Enjoy the journey, and read EFA's newsletter FestFlash!  - more...

Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Budapest - Apply by 8 November

04 November 2015

The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), is calling for applications for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers to take place from 2 to 8 June 2016 in Budapest, Hungary, in collaboration with the Armel Opera Festival. Ten renowned festival directors will guide 45 participants through the 7-day training programme. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply until 8 November 2015. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: New Routes of the Silk Road

03 November 2015

Following the footsteps of humankind and the journey through history is always fascinating. It is a never-ending story of evolution, adaptation and irresistible instinct to find a nest to survive. In a broad perspective, what we call culture is the knowledge of humans, accumulated over generations with the purpose of continuation of mankind. On this long journey, the threat has been not only a harsh climate but also the brutality of competing tribes. And those who survive, for thousands of years, have been travelling; out of curiosity, because of necessity, or just to discover, to trade, to conquer, to defeat, to fight. As an Izmirian, coming from the coastal region of Anatolia, I am not unfamiliar with the stories of ancient heroes and their travels: Homer’s Odysseus, the Persian messengers described by Herodotus, or the traders of the Silk Road. Read the full blog by Ceyda Berk-Söderblom on the China Shanghai International Arts Festival / Performing Arts Fair on Festival Bytes.  - more...

EFA members met their Asian peers in Shanghai

02 November 2015

As in previous years, an EFA Delegation went to Shanghai (15-21 October 2015) for the China Shanghai International Arts Festival / Performing Arts Fair. Some 10 EFA members attended the event to meet colleagues from the Asian arts and festival sector and to explore collaboration opportunities. EFA President Darko Brlek spoke in a workshop on “How to Plan and Run an Arts Festival”. Ceyda Berk-Söderblom shares some more insights in her blog "New Routes of the Silk Road" on Festival Bytes.   - more...

New on Festival Bytes: What I Heard About The (Arts) World* 06

29 October 2015

While the December through March Festivals are still keeping their programmes under wraps here are some ideas of what you can already look forward to. This edition of What I heard about the (Arts) World* shares highlights from the Lucerne Festival at the Piano, Europalia Arts Festival, Festival d’Automne à Paris and Berliner Festspiele. As usual, we are looking at world premieres, collaborations and new productions. Read the full blog by Eva Nunes on Festival Bytes.  - more...

SoNoRo Festival celebrates 10th anniversary

27 October 2015

In 2015, the SoNoRo Festival in Bucharest, Romania celebrates its 10th anniversary from 30 October to 16 November. SoNoRo was born in 2006 as an experiment to bring chamber music back to Romania, where this genre of music making was somewhat forgotten at that time. Since then, SoNoRo Festival has developed into one of the most exciting, creative and internationally acclaimed cultural platforms in Eastern Europe. - more...

Lucerne Festival: ARK NOVA in Fukushima

20 October 2015

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA launches its third season: from 24 October to 3 November the mobile concert hall will be in operation in Fukushima. The name says it all: LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA was initiated by Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger and the Japanese concert agency Masahide Kajimoto in response to the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami suffered by Japan on 11 March 2011. As a “new beginning” (from the Greek arché = beginning), LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA was intended to make a contribution to cultural reconstruction in the regions of Japan that had been affected. For this purpose the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and the British artist Anish Kapoor developed an inflatable mobile concert hall. - more...

2015 Nordic-Baltic Arts Festival Conference to take place in Stockholm

15 October 2015

The next conference of the Nordic-Baltic Festival Platform will take place on 29-30 October 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference aims to bring together managers and artistic directors of festivals from all fields of art to exchange ideas and best practices, make new connections and explore various possibilities for cooperation, as well as to visit some of Stockholm’s great arts shows. - more...

New on Festival Bytes: South Korea and Kenya: two kids from the same class

12 October 2015

During the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Gwangju, organised by The Festival Academy, I was privileged to visit some really amazing places and events including the Opening Festival at the newly constructed architectural marvel, the Asian Culture Complex (ACC). Kenya and South Korea have many things in common; I’d say if South Korea and Kenya were kids they would be in the same class. Read the full blog by Liz Kilili on Festival Bytes.  - more...

Yerevan Perspectives Festival’s autumn season and concerts around the world to conclude next month

07 October 2015

The Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival launched its autumn season with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by music director and conductor Zubin Mehta, on 3 September in Yerevan, Armenia. The concert was a huge success, and was one of the highlights of the festival season. The upcoming concert closing the autumn season by The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with its music director and soloist Joshua Bell, will take place on 15 November at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. - more...

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