Arts Festivals Summit 2023 - Reports & presentations

Find all the reports, presentations, and recordings from the sessions of EFA's Arts Festivals Summit 2023 from 23 to 26 April in Peralada / Girona (Spain), hosted by the Festival Castell de Peralada.

Let’s talk business

Monday, 24 April 2023 | 10.00-13.30

In 3 conversations of 1 hour, the arts community discussed with business representatives its role and the interaction between arts, festivals and business.  
Find out more info here. 

Festivals and Cities Meet up, in partnership with A Soul for Europe

Sunday, 23 April 2023 | 16.30-18.30

The Festivals and Cities Meet up is a collective conversation, a joint reflection between representatives of cities and festivals. This session was moderated by Nicolas Bertrand and Nele Hertling from A Soul for Europe. You can read more about it here.

Business as usual? The role of the arts and arts festivals in our time

Monday, 24 April 2023 | 15.00-16.30

This session addressed the role of the arts during and after conflict times, violence or dictatorship as well as the role of festivals in providing a platform for (emerging) artists to express their views on the times we live in. More info here. 

Building the European Arts Festivals Alliance: Arts, cities and business

Monday, 24 April 2023 | 16.30-17.15

"The European Arts Festivals Alliance under continual construction: Arts, cities and business" session is dedicated to the continued efforts of EFA and the festival world to offer itself for dialogue and exchange with all sorts of stakeholders around festivals. Read more here.

The Festival Academy (TFA) invites: Take a stance

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 | 14.00-15.00

This session is an open space for EFA members and other delegates to come together with The Festival Academy Alumni to engage with the mission of TFA in mind: strengthen festivals to consider themselves as tools for change. You can more info about this session here.

Festivals & Sustainability

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 | 15.15-16.30

The session featured Silke Lalvani from Pearle* introducing the new EFA/Pearle Cookbook on the EU Green Deal. It was followed by a collaborative workshop with festivals from around Europe and beyond sharing carbon experience and everyone attending pooling knowledge to start EFA grenprint for healthier, wealthier and happier, facilitated by Peter Florence and Tamar Brüggemann. Read more about it here.

EFA meets festivals from the region and Spain

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 | 17.00-18.30

We offer participants of the Summit an opportunity to meet and learn more about festival life, the arts and their issues in the city/region/country.  
Read more about the session. 

Let's Talk... EFA! at Josep Irla Hall

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 | 11.00-12.30

EFA Members invite all delegates for a series of conversations around EFA’s work programme for the broader festival community. Read more about this session here.