Festivals and Cities Meet up - Arts Festivals Summit 2023

In partnership with A Soul for Europe

Sunday, 23 April 2023 | 16.30-18.30

Hotel Carlemany - Plaça Miquel Santaló i Pavor, 1 - 17002 Girona

The Festivals and Cities Meet up is a collective conversation, a joint reflection between representatives of cities and festivals from Girona, Catalonia and delegates from other European regions on the following question: How do cities and festivals work together to address local cultural, environmental, social and economic challenges? How do they share their views on these issues? How do they agree, or not, on the role of arts festivals and the means of their conscious cooperation in responding to the ongoing changes in our society?

The discussion will build on local situations (in particular: being a border region, challenges in rural areas, relationship between city centres and peripheries) in order to open up the exchange between the participants. It will be moderated by Nele Hertling and Nicolas Bertrand from A Soul for Europe, following the encouraging experience in the Arts Festivals Summit 2022 in Yerevan. You can read more about the Festival Cities Workshop of last year here and dive into the topic.

The EFFE Seal for Festival Cities and Regions is our context. The EFFE Seal is a recognition and an invitation to cities and regions that wish to associate and integrate their development and image with a strong festival, cultural - and European - commitment.