What we do
Throughout the year EFA offers many activities for the benefit of its members:
- EFA Delegations: meetings with peers taking place around the globe (Asia, the Arab world, Africa, Latin America).
- EFA Think Tank: a meeting format for artistic festival directors actively engaged in European policy making.
- EFA BOOKS: a books series highlighting current issues in the festival business.
- Blog Festival Bytes: a space for story-telling about festivals.
- Festival Launches in Brussels: EFA supports its members in presenting their festival to the European media, policy makers, cultural stakeholders and interested audiences.
Fergus Linehan, Director Edinburgh International Festival, presenting the festival in Brussels
- EFA General Assembly and Conference: the EFA festival community gathers once a year and is a unique opportunity for members to meet 100 festival colleagues, to exchange, share, discover, and build trust.
- Solidarity actions: EFA engages in collective, international actions to support the members in their singular local situations.
- Collective and Affiliate Members Meeting: meeting for EFA’s regional/national festival associations and cultural networks.
- The Festival Academy's Alumni Network: the Alumni network of The Festival Academy is the platform for the next generation of risk-taking artistic festival directors.
- EFA Meets its Regions: meetings focussing on the relation of regional festival issues in the global context.
- Participation and representation: EFA offers its extended network of partners to its members and thus enlarges the span of connections: European House for Culture; A Soul for Europe; Pearle – Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe; item – international network for contemporary performing arts; International Music Council; REMA – European Early Music Network; Association of Asian Performing Arts Festivals (AAPAF); AFRIFESTNET etc.
- EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe: the Pilot Project gives visibility to and creates a new community of festivals.
2015 EFA General Assembly in Ostrava, Czech Republic (Photo by Jakub Mičovský)
Knowledge and Training
- The Festival Academy: the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, Festival Readings and Training for Young Production Managers are exclusive, international, intergenerational training formats to promote young talent and offer suitable life-long learning opportunities in artistic festival programming and production, being extended to various parts of the world with tailor-made editions.
- Pearle* workshops: provide better knowledge of legislation and on how to deal more efficiently with taxation in cross-border mobility and co-productions.
- Working Groups on Artistic Collaboration, Festival Communication, New Business Models: meetings for those eager to engage in co-productions/co-programming, in charge of communicating the artistic programmes, and responsible for finding financial support to make the artistic vision happen.
- Access to research: first-hand access to newly released studies and contacts to a network of researchers.
- Contacts: an exclusive database includes contacts to the cultural press and media, cultural networks, cultural ministries, EU institutions, and others in about 40 countries.
Atelier Edinburgh 2014 (photo by Clark James)
- Annual round table with EU Commissioner for Culture: festival directors have the opportunity to discuss matters of interest directly with EU policy makers.
- Participation in the international debate on culture: EFA and its members act as speakers in international conferences, participants in exclusive round tables, and as mentors or presenters in training programmes.
- European House for Culture and partners: the intermediators for EFA to carry our voice toward EU decision making bodies such as the European Commission and the European Parliament.
- Participation in EU initiatives: EFA is a strong partner in EU initiatives and actions and a continuous dialogue partner in various policy fields.
2014 EFA Round Table with Commissioner Navracsics (c) European Union 2014
Information and Communication
- EFA website: informs audiences across Europe and beyond about EFA’s members and activities.
- Social Media: extended reach of the festival community online via facebook (EFA and The Festival Academy), twitter and youtube.
- EFACTS: newsletters to EFA members providing information updates on anything festival and culture.
- FestFlash: newsletter to the broad public with news from the broader festival community.
- What I Heard About the (Arts) World: an amuse bouche of the most interesting things EFA members are offering and some special suggestions from outside the membership.
We cater to the needs you can’t quench on your own.