70th anniversary Arts Festivals Summit Yerevan from 12 - 15 September 2022

The European Festivals Association’s 70th anniversary Arts Festivals Summit will take place from 12 till 15 September 2022 in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. Hosted by the Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival, the summit will mark a first joint step in the association’s next decade between festival makers and stakeholders, gathering 250 delegates.

Out of respect for festivals and cities that are facing the dramatic consequences of the Ukrainian war, we have decided to postpone our Arts Festivals Summit, gathering festivals makers and their stakeholders in Yerevan. Initially planned in May 2022, the Summit is postponed to 12-15 September 2022 to allow more people to join and for EFA to adapt the programme contents to this new context.   

Festivals are more relevant than ever in the complex times we are living. An ongoing digital revolution, the impact of globalisation, the complexity of democracy, the current pandemic puts many issues on the table that arts and artists feel, are confronted with, and also festivals as organisational formats deal with.

The Arts Festivals Summit is our moment of connection and exchange putting all these experiences, proposals, questions, concerns, and actions on the table. A series of encounters, conversations, learnings and networking moments will mark our time in Yerevan, and of course: the discovery of the beautiful and welcoming capital of Armenia, its arts and cultural community, its surroundings and its heritage. Yes: Yerevan is our place for the annual rendez-vous from 12 till 15 September under the motto: EFA 70-Years-On. 

250 festival makers as well as cities representatives, public authorities, artists and the media will meet in order to share thoughts, concerns, needs, artistic proposals. 

Launch of EFA’s 70-Years-On Agenda and the EFFE Seal

In 2022, the Summit is a special one as we look ahead to a next decade, a new time, the future steps of the association and the premises of the European Festivals Alliance. Under continual construction, the Alliance brings together festivals and their stakeholders who have the vision and the determination to continue to create the necessary soil for the arts and for a city, a company, Europe, artists to work together and make the most of each other. In Yerevan, festivals, mayors, artists, business people will be present to discuss the 70-Years-On Agenda of EFA as of 2022, which will focus this year on environmental sustainability and the International Festivals Declare Emergency campaign. 

The EFFE Seal for Festival Cities and Regions will be launched in the presence of different cities from across Europe. The EFFE Seal is a recognition and an invitation to cities and regions that wish to associate and integrate their development and image with a strong festival, cultural - and European - commitment. 20 mayors of cities will come to Yerevan to sign the memorandum and engage in working closely together with their festivals. 

Armenia and Yerevan

Bridging various regions – Europe, East, Asia – Armenia is a fascinating country with a rich history and strong culture. Celebrating 2803 years of existence, Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world and rewards visitors with mesmerising views of Mount Ararat, wide and imperial boulevards, lively city squares and graceful, majestic (and pink) architecture. 

To learn more about the city, the country and the region’s cultural and artistic offer, actors from the cultural and artistic sector and the arts festivals community will be present to meet European festivals.

Have a look now at the presentation of Armenia, Yerevan, the major sights of the city and the country, the cuisine and our host the Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival.

EFA's Arts Festivals Summit 2022 is hosted and co-organised with Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival.