Arts Festivals Summit 2024 - Programme

The annual Get-Together of festival makers on Usedom, Germany hosted by the Usedom Music Festival takes place from 12 to 15 May 2024. At a glimpse, the programme looks as follows (times shown are according to German time UTC+2).

Sunday, 12 May 2024

Day of arrival delegates: EFA Members, EFFE Hubs, Alumni of The Festival Academy, EFFEA Festivals and Artists, EFFE Label festivals, Cities & Regions' representatives, speakers, and others

12.00 | Registration and networking time

15.00-17.00 | EFA Board meeting (For EFA Board Members only)

We are preparing an afternoon pre-programme for those already present.

18.30 | Official Opening of Opening of the Arts Festivals Summit at Kaiserhof Hotel

18.30 | Welcome

  • Thomas Hummel, Intendant of Usedom Music Festival
  • Jan Briers, President of EFA
  • Local authorities

Introduction of the conference topics around "The art of awareness, caring and connectivity"

20.00 | Opening dinner with flying buffet and music

21.30 | EFA Quiz night

Monday, 13 May 2024

8.00 | Yoga with Katie, running at the beach, swimming with Colm and Gert

Conference and concert day in Peenemünde

9.00 | Departure by bus

10.00 | Plenary session and Keynote by Jelle Dierickx

During this session you will get an introduction to the Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum, the location and its history. It will be followed by a keynote by  Jelle Dierickx (Director of the Festival of Flanders Mechelen/Kempen) on the topic "Don't hear up: Frau Luna’s Deep Listening". After the keynote, we will give you explanations about the Denis de Rougemont Labs, the working sessions in groups, the content, concept and spirit of the day.

11.00 | Denis de Rougemont Labs

Working session in groups around 6-8 topics addressed by inspirers

13.00 | Standing lunch

14.00 | Denis de Rougemont Labs

Continuation of the working session in groups

15.15 | Plenary session Denis de Rougemont Lab

Connecting the dots

16.15 | Group picture followed by coffee break

17.00 | Keynote and conversation with Lech Walesa

In his keynote "Visions for Europe", Lech Wałęsa will speak on the place of Central European countries in the European Union and the importance of democracy in our societies, a universal value that is today more important than ever.

19.00 | Concert by the Baltic Sea Philharmonic

21.00 | Dinner with flying buffet

During the dinner, you will be able to interact and talk with Kristjan Järvi, Conductor of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, and members of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic

22.30 | Bus back to hotel

Tuesday, 14 May 2024

8.00 | Yoga, running, swimming

9.00-12.00 | Workshops and group meetings in parallel

  • 9.00-10.15 The Festival Academy / 70-Years-On meeting (2 break out rooms)
  • 10.30-12.00 Sustainability workshop
  • 3 groups ongoing: 9.00-12.00 CAMM & Hubs / EFFE Seal workshop / Well-being workshop with Rarita Zbranca and Mahir Namur (max 20 people)

12.00 | Individual lunch

13.30-16.30 | EFA Members General Assembly (For EFA Members only)

17.15 | Departure by boat to Misdroy/Międzyzdroje (Polish part of the island)

18.15 | Closing Evening of the Arts Festivals Summit at the Polish Cultural Centre 

The evening starts with the keynote of Kateryna Botanova (Cultural critic & co-curator of Culturescapes) on "A few observations on care, awareness, and connecting time we spent together with the war in sight". It will then be followed by the signing of the EFFE Seal for Festival Cities and Regions by new localities joining the initiative, the presentation of the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists - EFFEA, and conclude with the concert of the quartet of an EFFEA residency.

19.30 | Standing reception

21.30 | Boat or bus back

Wednesday, 15 May 2024

Day of departure

Possible off programme

The Arts Festivals Summit’s Off Programme offers interesting possibilities to make the most of your presence. The activities in Berlin and the beautiful region of Usedom itself offer the perfect occasion to prolong your stay before heading back home.