EFFE Awards Salon

The European Festivals Association (EFA) and the entire festivals community will celebrate the EFFE Awards Salon on 26 September from 15.00 – 19.00 at BOZAR – Center for Fine Arts, Brussels. Please have a look at the programme below and fill in the form to confirm your participation in the event (by invitation only).


Thursday 26 September, BOZAR - Center for Fine Arts Brussels

The EFFE Awards Salon is the moment in the EFFE Programme (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) to bring arts & arts festivals’ work to the attention of public authorities, the European media and all sorts of stakeholders. The Salon brings together 100 festival makers, officials, mayors, ambassadors, cultural institutes, the EFFE International Jury and guests to celebrate and exchange about the importance of arts and culture for people and for its communities, shining the spotlight on a few of all those festivals that have committed to arts, to communities and to Europe’s openness.

15:00 - 16:30 | EFFE Salon conversations

Welcome speeches by:

  • Kathrin Deventer, EFA Secretary General
  • Barbara Gessler, Director Creative Europe
  • Pawel Potoroczyn, EFFE International Jury Member
  • A series of EFFE Salon Conversations about festivals and their responsibility for artists and the arts. Speakers to be confirmed

16:30 - 17:00 | Coffee Break

17:00 - 19:00 | EFFE Awards Ceremony 

  • Welcome back by Jan Briers, EFA President
  • Greetings by Sabine Verheyen, Chair of European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education
  • Festive Address by European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
  • EFFE Laureates and EFFE Audience Choice announcement
  • EFFE Award 2019-2020 announcement, with Video message by Sir Jonathan Mills, EFFE International Jury President
  • EFFE Lifetime Achievement Award, introduced by Peter Florence and Fairouz Nishanova, EFFE International Jury Members

19:00 | Closing drink

20:00  | Festival Cities Initiative Meeting (for Mayors and city representatives only)

Optional (not possible to combine both concerts):

20:00 | UFA Film Nights Concert (Tickets can be reserved through the registration form)
BOZAR - Centre of FIne Arts Brussels

19:45 | Flanders Festival Ghent - Méditerra-Nuit (Tickets can be reserved through the registration form)
You can take a 35-min train at Brussels central station (at 19:45) to Ghent Sint-Pieters to enjoy 2 concerts in different locations:
20:45 Greek magic with Papadopoulou @Minard Ghent
22:15 O’Fado with Marco Rodrigues @Opera Ghent 
Last train back to Brussels from Gent Sint-Pieters at 23:48

More details and speaker will be confirmed in the coming weeks

Friday 27 September

9:30-14:00 | EFFE Hub meeting at BOZAR

EFFE Awards 2019-2020

The EFFE International Jury has selected 24 EFFE Laureates 2019-2020 representing Europe’s diverse cultural scene from digital arts to opera from a list of 715 festivals with the EFFE Label, all featuring on FestivalFinder.eu. From these 24 EFFE Laureates, 5 festivals will receive the EFFE Award 2019-2020 representing a selection of practices and ambitions within the arts festivals’ community the Jury considers important to highlight. EU Commissioner for Culture Mr. Tibor Navracsics and the EFFE International Jury and EFA’s President will hand over the Awards.

EFFE Laureates 2019 – 2020

The EFFE Laureates 2019 – 2020 are in the run for the EFFE Awards and the EFFE Audience Choice: Give your vote now.

 EFFE’s Audience Choice

People from all over the world are invited to cast their vote for their festival closest to their hearts from amongst the 24 EFFE Laureates 2019-2020 on FestivalFinder.eu. The winner is announced at the EFFE Awards Salon by EU Commissioner for Culture Mr. Tibor Navracsics. All audience members that cast their vote are eligible to win a trip for 2 persons to one of the EFFE Award winning festivals.

EFFE International Jury

The EFFE International Jury consists of Sir Jonathan Mills, Director of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit - Tamar Brüggemann Co-director of the Wonderfeel festival- George Delnon Artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera - Peter Florence Founder and director of the Hay Festival group -Fairouz Nishanova Director of the Aga Khan Music Awards and Aga Khan Music Initiative - Keng Sen Ong Founder of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) - Haris Pasovic Director of the Mittelfest and director of East West Centre Sarajevo - Pawel Potoroczyn Diplomat, author, theatre, opera, film and music producer in Warsaw - Ruta Pruseviciene Executive Director of Vilnius Festival and General Director of the National Philharmonic Society - Renato Quaglia General Manager of the FOQUS Foundation and Project Manager of the Friuli Future Forum - Virve Sutinen Artistic director of Tanz im August 

EFFE: Europe for Festivals - Festivals for Europe is a preparatory action (2017, 2018, 2019, following a pilot project 2014-2016) to set up a single programme for all arts festivals in Europe: EFFE is all arts, a brand, a reference point, a database. It embraces high ambitions building on a unique link to the arts world. 

EFFE’s unique tool to reach out to audiences is its FestivalFinder.eu, an online search engine with today more than 2000 festivals registered: www.festivalfinder.eu.