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The European Festivals Association launches 2011 work programme
Gent, Wednesday, 09-02-2011
The European Festivals Association (EFA) launches its 2011 work programme at the occasion of its first Board meeting 2011 in Sarajevo at the invitation of the International Festival Sarajevo “Sarajevo Winter”. The Association represents arts festivals – music, dance, theatre and interdisciplinary – from 38 countries. It stimulates artistic cooperation, supports young artistic managers, passes on know-how from renowned international festivals to newcomers, and, last but not least, collaborates with festivals and networks all over the world.
In 2011, EFA implements a broad array of activities in Europe and across the world, ranging from networking and training opportunities to publications projects and advocacy work: the Ars Nova meeting for new music experts (Brussels/Belgium, 25-27 March); the meeting of EFA’s Collective and Affiliate Members (Budapest/Hungary, 1-3 April); the EFA General Assembly and Conference (Varna/Bulgaria, 28 April-1 May); the first edition of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Asia (Singapore, 14-21 May); the third Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Europe (Izmir/Turkey, 24-31 October); two new volumes in the EFA BOOKS series; and joint projects with the European House for Culture in Brussels – to name but a few activities.
Furthermore, the “Open The Door” project launched at the occasion of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion is being continued. “Open The Door” aims to increase awareness of the power of arts and culture in the process of social transformation and to foster involvement of civil society in European processes. Under the motto “Festivals: Open doors. Open minds. Build societies!” festivals give a platform to artists who reach and challenge individuals. Thus, festivals contribute to the development of a cultural Europe, a Europe of citizens.
“Since its foundation in 1952, the European Festivals Association has grown into an open and dynamic network. In 2012, EFA celebrates its 60th anniversary – 60 years of bold initiatives that aim to open doors to Europe and to the world! Based in Brussels and Ghent, close to where international cultural policy is made, EFA’s role is to support festivals in their important mission and to position the role of culture in the Europe 2020 strategy,” EFA President Darko Brlek underlines.
The International Festival Sarajevo “Sarajevo Winter”, a traditional artistic event in the cultural calendar of the capital, is glad to receive the EFA Board for three days. Under the direction of Ibrahim Spahić the 2011 festival follows the motto “Art of Love”. “Sarajevo Winter” has been a member of the European Festivals Association since 1995. Ever since, it has been an important ambassador of the Association in the region and of the role of arts and culture in our society.
Download the press release here.
Selection media coverage:
• OSLOBODJENJE (print): [9 February 2011]: Interview EFA President Darko Brlek
• OSLOBODJENJE (online) [9 February 2011]: Interview EFA President Darko Brlek
• Sutra.ba [9 February 2011]
• Sarajevo-x.com [9 February 2011]
• Radio Sarajevo [9 February 2011]
• Website Democratic Action Party [9 February 2011]