Arts Festivals Summit 2019 - Lisbon


*An impromptu is a piece of music containing improvisational elements, often in free-form but sometimes also in ternary form (ABA, AAB or ABC form). It is mostly written for piano and based on a musical idea, which is worked out in the composition. This musical form dates from the Romantic era, when composers went looking for new and more personal forms of expression.

Isn’t it true: our job is to be concerned with the future: we are projecting projects, inventing collaborations, foreseeing budgets for our festivals in one, two, three years. That is our job.

The annual gathering of festival makers is NOW! We create together a space of countless encounters. Let us permit ourselves, without purpose of any further finality, to enjoy three days of an ongoing conversation in a shared time. We don’t discuss the better world. We are the world now. Eye to eye. One on One. Be ready for the Lisbon Impromptu!

250 festival makers from all over the world are together and invited to share their wisdom(s) with each other. The work formats and the inspirational setting by the Estoril Lisbon Festival and Pineiro Nagy, our host, will inform these encounters: from one – on – one to plenary conversations. Throw your wisdom into the game of three days of dialogue, open your eyes and ears and be surprised: you will leave with something you had not expected, for sure.

Festivals are now, Europe is now, the Arts Festivals Summit is from 14-17 April: Registration will open half November.

Sunday, 14 April 2019 I Opening Arts Festivals Summit for EFA Members only

Accommodation: Sana Lisboa Hotel

13:00-18:00 | Registration & Meeting Lounge 

14:00-16:00 | EFA Board Meeting (Board members only)

16:00-17:00 | CAM Meeting (only for EFA Collective & Affiliate Members)

 17:00-18:00 | TFA Board Meeting and General Assembly

19:30 | Welcome dinner and artistic programme

The Arts Festivals Summit 2019 is hosted by the Estoril Lisbon Fesival

Monday, 15 April 2019 | EFA 67th General Assembly & Official Opening

8:30 | Meeting all EFA Members and transfer to Estoril

9:00-9:30 | Welcome Coffee (Palacio Hotel)

9:30-13:00 | EFA General Assembly (for EFA Members only)

13:00-14:30 | Buffet Lunch and return to Lisbon

14:00-18:00 | Registration (Sana Lisboa Hotel)

15:30-17:30  Ideas Salon 
Festival, Heritage and Tourism
Co-production & co-touring  pitches
with Miguel Honrado, Secretary of State of Culture Portugal (tbc)
and Ana Mendes Godinho, Secretary of State of Tourism Portugal (tbc)

18:30 | Bus departure to Lisbon City Hall


19:00 | Press Conference

            Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon
            Piñeiro Nagy, Artistic Director Estoril Lisbon Festival
           Jan Briers, President European Festivals Association

20:00 | Reception and standing buffet & EFA Young Talent Concert

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 | MeetUp: Impromptu!

EFA members meet EFFE Label recipients and The Festival Academy alumni for the MeetUp: Impromptu!
All activities of the MeetUp day are taking place in Sana Lisboa Hotel
Host of the day:  Annabelle Van Nieuwenhuyse

9:00-9:30 | Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:30-9:45 | Welcome and Introduction 

9:45-11:00 | Impromptu 1: One-on-One or Pas de deux – One times one (Castelo I & II)
Guided one-on-one conversations 9x5 min

11:00-11:30 | Coffee Break (Floor -1)

11:30-12:30 | Introduction to Impromptu 2: Sharing your wisdoms is making our business. Three Times Three (break-out groups)

12:30-13:30 | Buffet Lunch (Contemporâneo I or Alfama)

13:30-15:00Impromptu 2: Sharing your wisdoms is making our business (break-out groups)

15:00-15:30 | Coffee Break 

15:30-16:30 Impromptu 3:9 with keynote speaker

16:30 | End of the Meeting and group picture

16:30-18:00EFFE Hubs Meeting

20:00 | Bus departure to Belém Cultural Center

21:00A Paixão (Belém Cultural Centre)

J.S.Bach: St. Matthew’s Passion I Romeo Castellucci: Conception, scenography, figurines & lights I Silvia Costa: Artistic collaboration I Piersandra di Matteo: Dramaturgy I Maroussia Vaes: Scenographic collaboration

Choir & Orchestra Gulbenkian I Michel Corboz I Singers: A. Quintans, M.B. Kielland, M. Alves, B. Kristjánsson, A. Baleiro, E. Crossley-Mercer I Marcelo Gianini, organ | Matthias Spaeter. Luth

23:00Farewell Reception with Prof. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic (tbc)

00:00 | Bus Departure

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 | Departure day

9:30 | Optional: Guided Tour in Estoril I Cascais

Departure of delegates

Thanks to the support of our Partners