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Quote of the Week
“Sharing is key!”
Karen Jeynes, PANSA
EFA membership in development
The European Festivals Association was created in 1952 by 15 eminent European music festivals. In its 60 years of existence, EFA has grown into a dynamic cultural network. It currently represents more than 100 arts festivals in the field of music, dance and theatre, including different national festivals associations and cultural networks from altogether 43 countries. This composition leads to a representative, international power of expression through the EFA.
EFA in networks
A network is set up to be at the service of its members. This very purpose enhances a network's credibility and potential to act at the external level, beyond internal matters of its members. The existence of cultural networks stresses beyond questioning the urge to internationally manifest and organize oneself in order to weigh upon the European decision-making, even upon the agenda of the decision process itself. Associations, trusts with 'groups' of festivals and other networks need to be created in order to maximize the working connections, joint initiatives and common profiling to create, why not, mergers whenever needed and possible.
As a pan-European umbrella organization EFA is convinced that only through networking in the cultural sector a common European project will evolve. Our efforts have always been focused on creating tight links among EFA's members, to support each other and to foster cultural dialogue both within and outside the Association. To encourage the working together and to create synergies between different cultural networks, EFA, together with other European networks, launched – as a result of the conference “Cultural Networks at Work” (7-8 June 2007, Brussels) – the European House for Culture.
The European Festivals Association decided to join a number of colleague networks in the field of culture and art. Find below those networks.
- AAPAF / Association of Asian Performing Arts Festivals (the network of Asian festivals)
- ASFE / A Soul For Europe (an initiative that fights for Europe’s cultural potential in all policy areas)
- Culture Action Europe / former “European Forum for the Arts and Heritage” (with member organisations in all cultural domains)
- IETM / International Network of Contemporary Performing Arts; former “Informal European Theatre Meeting” (with member organisations in the field of performing arts)
- IFEA Europe / International Festivals & Events Association Europe (The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide)
- IMC/EMC / International/European Music Council (with several international and European music organisations)
- ISPA / International Society for the Performing Arts (represents over 600 executives and directors of performing arts institutions)
- PEARLE / European League of Employers' Associations in the Performing Arts sector (represents more than 3,000 employers from the performing arts sector)
- TETP / The European Theater Prize (is the most important European acknowledgment awarded to personalities or theatre companies)