IN Situ Insight

Knowing your colleagues and sharing their visions, ideas and expertise is an important way to foster a community. It is important to create bridges and enter into conversations about practices, expertise, lessons learned, and eventually joint business. This happens in conferences, but even more inspirational and insightful is ‘eye-to-eye’ time during visits to festivals. That is why EFA proposes a new peer-to-peer scheme to its members: In Situ Insight - My Festival is your learning.


EFA members invite a small group of 6 EFA member colleagues to visit their festival for a one day working session and speak face to face in loco.

  • A group of 6 colleagues will visit a hosting festival.
  • The hosting festival sets the topic and the day schedule for which they invite colleagues to come. They also moderate the whole group during this day.
  • Topics: Presentation of best practices to learn from and issues you want feedback about.
  • The day schedule can include visits to local/national policy makers, sponsors, friends or simply meet the entire festivals team.
  • The time of the year is decided by the host: it seems ideal to have time to meet and therefore not organise this during the busy festival time. If the host find it more interesting to invite for the festival, the event can still take place during the festival.
  • EFA’s role is to facilitate the delegation, to communicate to EFA members, to follow the work at the spot and to document it by filming the proceedings.
  • EFA members are responsible for travel and accommodation.  EFA will offer lunch for all participants.

In Situ Insights Coming soon

In Situ Insight  Izmir International Festival| Volunteers: can’t live without them | 10 & 11 June 2018 | Registration OPEN until  30 April 2018.

See the full programme and register here.

Read the EFA Festival in Focus Izmir Festival here.

Past In Situ Insights

In Situ Insight Vilnius Festival: Cross-festival, cross-arts collaboration: a possibility or a necessity on the 4 & 5 November 2017

The first edition of In Situ insight, a new initiative by the European Festivals Association (EFA), took place on 4-5 November 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Five engaged and creative EFA members’ directors participated in the first In Situ Insight kindly hosted by the Vilnius Festival (founded and organized by the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society). The Vilnius Festival created a rich two-day programme introducing the participants to the thriving artistic scene, the artists themselves, the venues, the teams and stakeholders of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society. Besides a one day working session and face-to-face inspiring conversations, the participants were invited for two concert evenings including AquaSonic: the underwater concert, as well as a children's opera during the day.

Read more about this very first In Situ insight here.

In Situ Insight Vilnius Festival | 4 & 5 November 2018

In Situ Insight Partnerships with the private sector on the 26 & 27 March 2018 

The second In Situ Insight took place on the 26 & 27 March 2018 in Brussels lead and hosted by the Klarafestival. Under the topic partnerships with the private sector colleagues from EFA, Klarafestival, Gent Festival van Vlaanderen, International Film Festival van Vlaanderen, Vilnius Festival / Lithuanian National Philharmonic joined by colleagues from Business to Arts, Dublin’s Culture Connects, Fishamble: A New Play Company, Helium Arts and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios to discuss trends in sponsorship, approaches to reaching and engaging with new sponsors and keeping their corporate partnerships. Despite the challenges many success examples were shared and ideas of opportunities to cease were launched.

In the frame of this In Situ Insight Klarafestival the participants were also invited to enjoy the performances of the Klarafestival (running until the 30 March 2018).

Read more about this In Situ Insight here.

In Situ Insight Klarafestival | 26 & 27 March 2018