Arts Festivals Summit 2019 - Lisbon

THE ANNUAL GATHERING OF FESTIVAL MAKERS IMPROMPTU*

*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 or 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!

Be ready to embark on a conversation about Senses, Places and Destinations or Arts Festivals, Cities, Communities and Cultural Tourism and shed light on this discussion under the main questions:

  • How do we want to live together in our cities and territories today?
  • What role for artists, festivals, urban developers and tourism colleagues in a joint vision for our cities of tomorrow, and what dialogue formats?

Let us approach Senses, Places and Destinations or Arts Festivals, Cities, Communities and Cultural Tourism from various perspectives with various examples from festival makers, artists embedding their work strongly on the community/place development, mayors, marketing people in the city, European platforms of cooperation such as Eurocities, ASfE or EFA and tourism agencies.

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 Piñeiro 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.

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

Accommodation: SANA Lisboa Hotel

13:00-18:00 |Registration & Arts Festivals Summit Meet & Greet Lounge   @ SANA Lisboa Hotel

The Arts Festivals Summit Meet & Greet Lounge offers a space to all delegates to share their festivals, cities, programmes, proposals and meet up with colleagues for exchanging on potential co-production ideas. 

20:00 | EFA Members Welcome Dinner


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

9:30-13:00 | EFA General Assembly @ Palacio Hotel, Estoril

           

14:00-18:00 | Registration & Arts Festivals Summit Meet & Greet Lounge @ SANA Lisboa Hotel

15:30-17:30 | Ideas and Best Practices Salon I: Festival, Heritage and Tourism

Ideas and Best Practices Salon I: Festival, Heritage and Tourism

To warm up to the topic, an introductory panel discussion will introduce various perspectives from Portugal and beyond on the questions of the Arts Festivals Summit.

Key note speech by Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins [President Arts Council of Centro Nacional de Cultura, National Commissioner of 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, Board Member of Gulbenkian Foundation]

With reactions and conversation with

Jorge Rebelo de Almeida [President Vila Galé]

Catarina Vaz Pinto [City Councillor for Culture and International Relations City of Lisbon]

Ana Mendes Godinho [Secretary State for Tourism (SET)](tbc)

15:30-17:30 |  Ideas and Best Practices Salon  II: Future Heritage Ambassadors

Arts festivals are strong moments in a city’s life. They bring communities together that otherwise would not meet in a convivial, festive atmosphere. Festivals in the community of a city are contributing to the feeling of belonging and create a certain pride and affiliation to a city. This strong relation with an audience that trusts that it will find in a festivals’ programme what it needs to be cherished and challenged to discover different visions and a symbiotic relation with the village, city, region which brings an added value to the places and to the work festivals are doing.

You can do more together than alone: all EFA members are invited to bring their pitches for co-productions and co-touring to present in this session.

All EFFE Labels and Alumni are invited to come listen.

Maybe this incredibly creative country of Portugal inspires you to sail unknown waters.

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE ARTS FESTIVALS SUMMIT @ Lisbon City Hall

19:00 | Press Conference

With 

Fernando Medina [Mayor of Lisbon]

Piñeiro Nagy [Artistic Director Estoril Lisbon Festival]

Jan Briers [President European Festivals Association]

Sir Jonathan Mills [President of the EFFE International Jury]

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

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 | MeetUp: Impromptu!

EFA members meet EFFE Label recipients and The Festival Academy alumni for the MeetUp: Impromptu!

Be ready to approach from various perspectives Senses, Places and Destinations or Arts Festivals, Cities, Communities and Cultural Tourism:  How do we want to live together in our cities and territories today? And what role for artists, festivals, urban developers and tourism colleagues in a joint vision for our cities, and what dialogue formats?

All activities of the MeetUp day are taking place in SANA Lisboa Hotel.

Host of the day:  Annabelle Van Nieuwenhuyse

                   Registration and Welcome Coffee @9:00 

9:30-9:45 | Welcome and Introduction 

9:45-11:00 | Impromptu 1: One-on-One or Pas de deux – One times one

250 participants sitting from inside and outside around the table for 6x10min. guided one-on-one conversations. Share your wisdom, table your traditional sweet from your country for the morning portion of food for thought and food for stomach delicacy.

I11:30-12:30  | Introduction to Impromptu 2: Sharing your wisdoms is making our business

By sharing practices from various perspectives, wisdoms and lessons learned, we hope to come to a joint vision and agenda on our respective possibilities to contribute to the developments of our cities. In Impromptu 2, we offer a series of parallel conversations between various involved stakeholders: festival makers, artists embedding their work strongly on the community/place development, mayors, marketing people in the city, European platforms of cooperation such as Eurocities, ASfE or EFA, tourism agencies. 

13:30-15:00 |  Impromptu 2: Sharing your wisdoms is making our business

In the afternoon,  9 break-out groups will delve into senses, places and destinations guided by their very own pair of speakers. Every session will be unique! But fear not you’ll get to know what your other colleagues discussed in their sessions.

15:30-16:30 | Impromptu 3:9 on 1

As promised you’ll have feedback from the 8 discussions you could not take part on. 9 Alumni from The Festival Academy have spent the afternoon reporting and digesting the Impromptu 2 sessions to now challenge a Key note speaker on the next steps:  “What now?”. Questions can also be given to the rapporteurs on paper during the session by all participants.


21:00 | A 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

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


Wednesday, 17 April 2019 | Departure day

10:00 | Optional: Guided Tour in Estoril I Cascais

Departure of delegates

Thanks to the support of our Partners