Arts Festivals Summit 2023 - Programme

The annual Get-Together of festival makers in Peralada and Girona, Spain hosted by the Festival Castell de Peralada takes place from 23 to 26 April 2023. At a glimpse, the draft programme looks as follows (times shown are according to Spanish time UTC+2).

Sunday, 23 April 2023

Arrival of all delegates: EFA Members, EFFE Hubs, Alumni of The Festival Academy, EFFE Label festivals, Spanish festivals, Cities & Regions' representatives, speakers, and others

10.00-19.00 | Registration (Hotel Carlemany)

12.00-14.30 | Individual lunch time

13.00-14.30 | Lunch EFA board meeting (by invitation only)

14.30-18.30 | Sant Jordi festivities across the city

The streets and squares of Girona are filled with people strolling among the flower and book stalls. You will discover the city by yourself through another light thanks to outdoor activities, human towers, etc.

16.30-18.30 | Festival cities meet up, in partnership with A Soul for Europe (for cities and regions representatives and open to all interested delegates)

20.00 | Official Opening of the Arts Festivals Summit

At Centre Cultural La Mercè - Girona

20.00 Welcome speeches

  • Isabel Suqué Mateu, President of the Foundation Castell de Peralada
  • Jan Briers, President of the European Festivals Association
  • Marta Madrenas, Mayor of Girona

20.20 New ideas and creative forms for a festival. Rufus Wainwright Hadrian’s experience in Peralada: A dialogue between Rufus Wainwright, Composer, and Jorn Weisbrodt, Stage Director, with Oriol Aguilà, Director of the Festival Castell de Peralada.

21.00 Welcome drink

© Fikri Rasyid

Monday, 24 April 2023

A day of conversations, meet ups, keynotes and ceremonies at the Peralada Castle in Peralada

9.00 | Bus to Peralada

10.00-13.30 | Let’s talk business

In 3 conversations of 1 hour, the arts community will discuss with business representatives its role and the interaction between arts, festivals and business.

13.30-15.00 | Lunch Denis de Rougemont Forum

You will eat delicious traditional Catalan Cuisine at Peralada Castle. While eating, we propose to “Talk and work”. The lunch Denis de Rougemont Forum will give dedicated project leaders a table to receive guests and introduce their project/idea in detail to interested participants. Some tables we already think of: EFFEA Table, EFFE Seal Table, Festivals for Ukraine Table, Theatre Table, etc.

15.00-16.00 | Let’s talk core business

This session is dedicated to emerging artists and the responsibilities that festivals have to offer them a platform to develop.

16.00 | Group Picture

16.10 | European Arts Festivals Alliance under continual construction: Arts, cities and business

A stocktaking moment launching the participation of the business community and of cities signing the EFFE Seal for Festivals Cities and Regions in Europe's Festival Alliance. With:

  • Isabel Suqué Mateu, President of the Foundation Castell de Peralada
  • Oriol Aguilà, Director of the Festival Castell de Peralada
  • Pere Torrent, Mayor of Peralada
  • Officials from Catalonia and Spain 

17.15 | Visit of the Peralada Castle and its different museums and collections

During this visit you will see the library, the glass and ceramic museum, the beautiful gardens, the church and the cloister.

18.15 | Concert with Albert Guinovart

Albert Guinovart is a Catalan composer and pianist. He will present his new album ‘Poems without words’. 

19.15 | Drink at the new cellar

20.00 | Bus back to Girona

20.45 | Individual dinner

© Festival Castell de Peralada

Tuesday, 25 April 2023

A day of local emersion and workshops
Throughout the day: Meet-and-Greet at Hotel Carlemany in Girona

9.00-17.00 | Registration (Hotel Carlemany)

9-30-13.00 | ‘Walk and Talk’

You will meet Girona’s local arts’ community in small groups. These cultural visits include museums, galleries, theatres, monuments, markets, research centres, ateliers of artists and creation spaces.

13.00-14.00 | Lunch at Hotel Carlemany

14.00-15.00 | The Festival Academy invites: Take a stance

15.00-16.30 | Sustainability Workshop: Festivals on the green highway

This workshop will continue to highlight best practices and proposals when it comes to festivals ecological sustainability agenda.

17.00-18.30 | EFA meets festivals from the region and Spain

  • Representative of Catalunya Turisme
  • Representative from Patronat Turisme Costa Brava
  • Representative from Girona City Hall

Festclasica will speak about the building of a network including the development of rural areas. Participants will divide into round tables to learn more from invited hosts.

20.00 | Cantoría Concert

Cantoría is an Emerging European Ensemble of Early Music that tours on international level since 2018.

21.00 | Individual Dinner

© Toti Ferrer

Wednesday, 26 April 2023

9.00-12.00 | EFA General Assembly at Josep Irla Hall (for EFA Members only)

The EFA General Assembly is to discuss all legal and financial affairs of the association and includes the Spring Catch Up inviting new members. EFA Members will be able to follow the Assembly online.

12.00-13.00 | Individual lunch

12.00-13.00 | The Festival Academy Board meeting (by invitation only)

13.00-15.00 | EFA Collective and Affiliate Members and EFFE Hubs meeting (by invitation only)

13.00-15.00 | The Festival Academy Alumni meeting (by invitation only)

15.00 | Sightseeing tour of the region and visit of the Dalí Museum

During this sigthseeing tour, you will get to explore the beautiful region of Catalonia and visit the Dalí Museum in Figueres

21.00 | Closing Evening of the Arts Festivals Summit

The Summit includes a farewell dinner with excellent Catalan cuisine with dance and music at Hotel Carlemany

© Festival Castell de Peralada