Arts Festivals Summit 2018

Arts Festivals Summit 2018

EFA's Arts Festivals Summit 2018, including the 66th EFA General Assembly, EFFE MeetUp and the opening of the Slovene Music Days, will take place from 11 to 14 April in Ljubljana (Slovenia), hosted by the Ljubljana Festival. The theme of this year’s Summit is The [Herit]AGE of the ARTS - Audiences in the heart of the places.

We are looking forward to bring the festivals’ community together in great diversity! Together with our host, the Ljubljana Festival and its Director Mr Darko Brlek, a three-day programme exceptionally rich in opportunities for networking, exchange and inspiration is created in the green oasis of Ljubljana. Three days of meeting colleagues, information exchange and knowledge sharing are prepared, along with an insightful and enjoyable programme that will invite all to taste fantastic food, Slovenian wine and visit the historic and cultural treasures of the city.

The Arts Festivals Summit’s theme is The [Herit]AGE of the ARTS - Audiences in the heart of the places. EFA members will be offered a platform to highlight their historical and current role in their city and region, above all their role in taking responsibility for the heritage of the past and supporting the heritage of the future, bringing visitors and audiences to unknown places, literally and figuratively. 

The Arts Festivals Summit 2018 will bring together EFA members, The Festival Academy Alumni, EFFE Label recipients, EFFE Hubs and the EFFE International Jury as well as representatives from cities, national tourism boards, UNESCO, Chambers of Commerce, the European Commission as well as the Council of Europe.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 | Official Opening Arts Festivals Summit

Arrival of delegates 

14:30-17:00 | EFFE Hubs, EFA Collective Members and National Tourism sector Meeting (Grand Hotel Union, Silver Room)

16:00-19:00 | Registration (Grand Hotel Union, Foyer Grand Union Hall)

Official Opening of the Arts Festivals Summit (Grand Union Hall)

19:00 | Meet and Greet EFA members and guests
Welcome by
Zoran Janković, Major of Ljubljana
Darko Brlek, Artistic and General Director Ljubljana Festival
Jan Briers, President European Festivals Association (EFA) 

Welcome Banquet

Thursday, 12 April 2018 I EFFE MeetUp: The Herit(Age) of the Arts

EFA members meet EFFE Label recipients and The Festival Academy alumni for the EFFE MeetUp dedicated to audiences in the heart of the places.

@Grand Hotel Union

9:00 | Registration and welcome coffee (Foyer)

10:00-10:15 | Welcome and Introduction
Mateja Demšič, City of Ljubljana, Head of Department for Culture | Introduction to the Ljubljana Cultural Strategy 

10:15-13:00 | In Conversation about…
4x20 min. ‘In conversation about….’ is a series of parallel one-on-one (max 10 participants) conversations inspired by a series of presentations on topics related to the work on audiences in cultural heritage sites on the one hand, and our responsibility to contribute to the heritage of the future on the other. Each round of conversations will be introduced by a speaker.

13:00-14:30 | Lunch (Foyer)

14:30-15:00 | “EFA Informs...” 
EFA and its members
The Festival Academy
EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe

15:00-15:45 | The [Herit]AGE of the ARTS – Keynote Speech 
Concluded with a joint festive statement: the Ljubljana Declaration introduced by Doris Pack (former chair of the European Parliament’s Culture Committee) 

15:45 | Group photo

16:00 | Closing drink and informal networking (Hall, Foyer)

19:30 | Ballet 100 (SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana)

21:30 | Dinner reception (National Gallery of Slovenia)

Host of the Arts Festivals Summit

Friday, 13 April 2018 | EFA 66th General Assembly (for EFA members only)

9:15 | Meeting all EFA delegates (Grand Hotel Union, lobby)
Guided walk to Ljubljana Town Hall (Municipality of Ljubljana) (400m)

9:30 | Welcome Coffee (Ljubljana Town Hall, Big Conference Hall)

10:00-13:30 | EFA General Assembly (Ljubljana Town Hall, Big Conference Hall)

13:30 | Lunch (Ljubljana Town Hal, Red Hall)

18:50 | Meeting all EFA delegates (Grand Hotel Union, lobby)
Guided walk to Ljubljana Castle Funicular Railway (700m)

Closing Evening of the Arts Festivals Summit (Ljubljana Castle)

19:30 | EFA Honours its members and honorary friends
European Year of Cultural Heritage presented by Catherine Magnant (Coordinator of the EYCH, EAC.D) including the award of the EYCH label to EFA

20:00 | Farewell Dinner (Stanovska Hall)

Ljubljana festival

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Departure of delegates

Please note that the Draft Programme (dated 22 December 2017) is subject to change in the course of further preparations of the Arts Festivals Summit. 

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