Programme - Arts Festivals Summit Lisbon

Under the programme you will find more information about the closed group meetings.

Sunday, 14 April | Opening of the Arts Festival Summit for EFA Members

13:00-18:00 | Registration & Meet and 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, refreshing and retreating. 

17:00 | Guide tour at Museu do Fado

20:00 | Welcome Dinner
Palácio dos Arcos

The welcome dinner for EFA members will introduce new colleagues, first-time delegates, friends and EFA’s Honorary Members to the EFA family and prepare for the next days conversations.

Alternative @ 18:00 Easter Concert by  Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa with the  RTVE choir @ Museu do Dinheiro  

Ludwig van Beethoven Missa solemnis, Op. 123 | Conducted by Pedro Amaral 

Miren Urbieta-Vega, soprano, |Lorena Valero, mezzo-soprano |Fabián Lara, tenor |André Henriques, baixo

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

8:30 | Bus departure to Estoril
@ SANA Lisboa Hotel | Lobby

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

The 67th EFA General Assembly will invite EFA members to discuss and agree on the directions and decisions for the EFA fleet for the future, and do all necessary formal business of the Association.

14:15 | Bus departure to Lisbon 
@ Palacio Hotel, Estoril

14:00-17:00 | Registration & 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, refreshing and retreating. 

15:30-17:30 | Festival, Heritage and Tourism Meet Up
SANA Lisboa Hotel

How to better start the Arts Festivals Summit than dedicating Senses, Places and Destinations or Arts Festivals, Cities, Communities and Cultural Tourism to the case of Portugal. An introductory panel discussion will introduce various questions from the point of view of public authorities and the private business.

Keynote speech by Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins , Trustee Gulbenkian Foundation

Reactions facilitated by Geert Cochez, Deputy CEO of, in conversation with:

  • Jorge Rebelo de Almeida,  President Vila Galé
  • Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit Creative Europe European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture
  • Vincent Nijs, Tourism Research Manager & Chief Marketing Officer | Research & Strategy Department of VISITFLANDERS
  • Volker Hassemer, Chairman of the Board of Stiftung Zukunft Berlin 
  • Sir Jonathan Mills, Director of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit

18:30 |  EFA Members Bus departure to Lisbon City Hall

SANA Lisboa Hotel | Lobby

19:00 |  EFA Young Artists Concert @ Lisbon City Hall

 ntro by Jovanka Višekruna Janković & Piñeiro Nagy

The EFA Young Artists Concert is a new scheme for EFA members to present artistic jewels to the arts festivals community – from somewhere in Europe; this time from the Western Balkans and Portugal.
Check out the full programme and the artists

19:00 Arts Festivals Summit participants  Bus departure to Sala do Risco

SANA Lisboa Hotel | Lobby

19:30 Official Opening of the Arts Festivals Summit @ Sala do Risco Arsenal


  • Jan Briers, President European Festivals Association
  • Catarina Vaz Pinto, City Councillor for Culture & International Relations City of Lisbon
  • Piñeiro Nagy, Artistic Director Estoril Lisbon Festival
  • Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit Creative Europe European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture
  • Sir Jonathan Mills, President of the EFFE International Jury
  • Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General European Festivals Association

Opening Reception 

Free evening (dinner options: see suggestions of Restaurants in the  "Practical Informations" section)

Tuesday, 16 April | MeetUp on Senses, Places and Destinations

Be ready to play: we invite 200 delegates for an engaged exchange on

Arts Festivals, Cities, Communities and Cultural Tourism :  

  • How can the power of the arts be applied as an “instrument” to influence the life in our cities and territories today? 
  • What role for artists, festivals, urban developers and tourism colleagues in agreeing a joint vision for our cities?
  • What formats are there for dialogue?

The MeetUp will make a bow from concepts, practices, questions and needs in the world of tourism, to the local, urban reality, its communities (also in a European context) and the role of arts festivals as well as the arts and artists. 

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

Host of the day:  Annabelle Van Nieuwenhuyse

10:00-10:15 | Welcome and Introduction 
SANA Lisboa Hotel

10:15-11:30 | One-on-One or Pas de deux 
SANA Lisboa Hotel | Castelo I & II

Now it is your turn: To warm up, we will guide you towards the topic of the role of arts festival makers in cities and in our European community through one-on-one conversations. Open yourself, share your wisdom, table your traditional sweet from your country to break the ice for the morning portion of food (for thought).

11:30-12:30  | Sharing your wisdom is making our business 
SANA Lisboa Hotel | Castelo I & II

Coming closer to the core of the day, 6 speakers take you to where they are from: city promoters, regional tourism boards, tourism agencies, artists and city festival makers. They start up a deeper reflection with all delegates in the afternoon.

  • Geert Cochez, Deputy CEO -
  • Joanna Baker, Arts Administrator | Trustee Edinburgh International Culture Summit Foundation
  • Harm Christian Tolden, Director General Department of Culture - City of Bergen
  • Anders Beyer, CEO & Artistic Director - Bergen International Festival
  • Vincent Nijs, Tourism Research Manager & Chief Marketing Officer | Research & Strategy Department of VISITFLANDERS
  • Wouter Van Looy, Artistic Director Zonzo Compagnie

12:30-13:30 | Buffet Lunch
SANA Lisboa Hotel | Alfama

13:30-15:00 | 6x30 break-out groups 
SANA Lisboa Hotel |  Castelo IX, Castelo III, Castelo IV, Castelo V, Castelo VI, Castelo VII
6 break-out groups will delve into senses, places and destinations inspired and guided by the 6 speakers. Every session will be unique: but fear not! You’ll get to know what your other colleagues discussed in their sessions.

15:00-15:30 | Coffee Break @ SANA Lisboa Hotel | Floor -1

15:30-16:30 | 6 on 1 SANA Lisboa Hotel | Castelo IX

As promised you’ll have feedback from the 6 discussions you could not take part on.  6 Alumni from The Festival Academy have spent the afternoon reporting and digesting the Impromptu 2 sessions to now challenge a Key note speaker Anne Wiederhold-Daryanavard on the next steps:  “What now?”. Questions can also be given to the rapporteurs on paper/through our Summit app “Whova” during the session by all participants.

16:30 | Group Picture 

16:45-18:30 | Future Heritage Ambassadors Pitch Session @ SANA Lisboa Hotel | Castelo IX

All Summit delegates are invited to come listen to cooperation proposals presented by EFA members.

19:00 | Bus departure to Belém Cultural Center
@ SANA Lisboa Hotel | Lobby

20:00 | A Paixão  by Romeo Castellucci and Orquestra e Coro Gulbenkian

Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB)

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

22:00 | Farewell Reception @ Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB)
with Prof. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic (tbc)

23:00 | Bus departure

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 | Departure day

9:30 - 13:00 | Optional: Guided Tour in Cascais & Cabo da Roca the westernmost extent of mainland Europe

9:30: Bus departure to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost extent of mainland Europe | (Lobby)
10:30: Cabo da Roca
11:20: Cascais | Coffee break & 45m free time 
12.15: Bus departure to Hotel Sana
13:00: Estimate time of arrival back in Lisbon

Cabo da Roca

Thanks to the support of our partners

The Arts Festivals Summit is part of the EFA RISE 2 project implemented with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The MeetUp is part of the preparatory action ‘EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe’ co-financed by the European Union.

Closed Group Meetings

These internal working meetings are on invitation only.

Sunday 14 April

Tuesday 16 April

Wednesday 17 April