EFA Initiatives


EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe is a new international festival community in the making. EFA initiated EFFE because we know that festivals need visibility and exchanges.

The Festival Academy

The Festival Academy is an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA) launched in 2013. It offers various training formats on festival management to young, dynamic and passionate festival makers worldwide. 

European House for Culture

The European House for Culture is a cultural organisation initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA) in order to further collaboration and enhance synergies within the cultural sector.

Partner organisations

A Soul for Europe

The aim of “A Soul for Europe” is to implement concrete steps and conduct projects to ensure that Europe makes greater and better use of its cultural assets. In the process, culture should be utilised more than in the past as a strategic factor for development – at the local, regional, national and European level. All fields of policy beyond the cultural sector, from social to foreign affairs, should include a cultural component.


Pearle* is the Performing Arts Employers’ Associations League Europe, the European trade federation of Performing Arts organisations. Pearle represents through its members associations more than 4,500 theatres, theatre production companies, orchestras and music ensembles, opera houses, ballet and dance companies, festivals, and other organisations within the performing arts sector across Europe. 


Creative Europe

The activities in the EFA RISE project are implemented with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.