Arts Festivals Summit 2021 - Full programme

The annual Get-Together of festival makers in Galway the European Capital of Culture 2020 hosted by the Association of Irish Festivals and Events (AOIFE) will take place from 22 to 24 November 2021.

Pre-Summit 21 November 2021

Dublin Activity Programme for early arriving delegate to be advised (for EFA Members and EFFE Hubs only)

Evening Dinner EFA Board & Team

Monday 22 November 2021

Galway Bay Hotel

11.30 – 16.30      AOIFE Arts Festivals Summit Meet Up

The members of AOIFE meet European Festivals. Facilitated exchanges on opportunities of collaboration, learning and knowledge sharing.

15.00 – 16.30      EFA 70 Years On Committee Meeting (by invitation only)

16.30 – 19.00      The Festival Academy Steering Committee (by invitation only)

17.00 – 19.00      Open Podium: Meet, Greet and Pitch your project 

What do we need to know about the state of festivals across Europe? The latest trends, questions and proposals are pitched by EFA members and Irish festivals presenting their project for the next years, and introduce the state of the arts across various regions in the world.

 19:00 – 21.00      Opening night

Under continual construction: How Galway turned into a city of festivals and arts? How stories connect times, us and how our "we-story" of the next three days is shaping? This will happen in round tables, swapping hosts and topics. 

 21:00                     Dinner at the bar and foyer

Arts Festivals Summit 2019 Lisbon

Tuesday 23 November 2021

7.30 – 8.10             Early run

9.30 – 12.30           Walk and Talk

Cultural Visits to meet Galway’s arts and cultural community and venues.

12.30 – 14.00          Gathering in City Museum

Standing reception/lunch with mayors and EFA delegates. 

14.00 – 16.30            Festival Cities Round Table in City Museum 

The round table will gather EU decision makers, cities representatives, festival makers, members of A Soul for Europe to launch officially the EFFE Seal. There will also be a political dialogue around the European Capitals of Culture and the European Capital of Innovation. 

18.30 - 20.00         Individual dinner

20.00 - 22.00         Closing of the Summit and concert by Culture Ireland (location TBC) 

22.30                      Late night concert at Hotel Bar

Wednesday 24 November 2021

Galway Bay Hotel

9.00 – 11.00         EFA General Assembly breakfast (for EFA Members only) 

The EFA General Assembly including President, Vice Presidents and Board member elections, and Catch up - inviting new members session.

11.30 – 13.00        EFFE Hubs and Collective and Affiliate Members meeting – break out room (by invitation only)

13.00  14.30       Individual Lunch time – tourism tour of the city of Galway (tbc)

14.30 – 17.00       Guided bus tour of the County Galway including Farewell aperitif (for EFA Members only)

19:30                    Dinner at Castle with EFA Young Artists concerts (for EFA Members only)

22:00                    Bus back to hotel