European Commissioner for Culture meets Festival Directors 5 March 2019

4 March 2019

There is a major shift happening in the European sector of arts festivals. A new instrument is ready for the arts-loving public and enthusiastic festival organisations: the website offers an important connection between the artist and the arts lover and enables us to have a deeper conversation with public authorities about the unique return on investment the arts provide.

Prominent festival makers and the European Festivals Association (EFA) are coming together with EU Commissioner Navracsics in Brussels on 5 March to examine this return on investment and formalise our engagement, together, on the successful development of the initiatives established thus far:
•         Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE)’s continuity - handing over its developing successful formula of ONE single programme for all arts festivals in Europe to the next Commissioner;
•         the new scheme of a Travelling Arts Fund within EFFE - deepening the collaboration amongst thousands of arts festivals and their potential to support artists and arts mobility;
•         the training opportunities offered by The Festival Academy (an initiative of EFA)- extending the pilot scheme in China within the cultural diplomacy priorities to a global conversation in various training programmes.

Art is fundamental to every human being and can have a constructive contribution to our communities. The beauty and meaning, exaltation and opposition that are intrinsic to art make it a potentially healing force that demands our commitment.

The European Union is a joint project, a citizens’ project. A community of festival makers is indispensable to a strong alliance that can show that representation is real. The annual round table and the permanent dialogue with DG Education and Culture, as well as the European Parliament, has brought the festivals’ contribution to a higher level.

It is a privilege and a potential to bring together festivals which can refer to joint successes as well as a shared concern: Europe.

Participants of the 2019 Round Table are:

  • Jan Briers, EFA President, BE
  • Sir Jonathan Mills , Director Edinburgh International Culture Summit, UK/AU
  • Colm Croffy, Executive Director AOIFE, IE
  • Csaba Kaél, Chairman of Board Budapest Spring Festival and CAFe Budapest, HU
  • Darko Brlek, Artistic & General Director Ljubljana Festival, SI
  • Fabrice Murgia, Director Theatre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, BE
  • Franco Belletti, Consultant for European Projects Ravenna Festival Ravenna Festival , IT
  • Fran Hegyi, Executive Director Edinburgh International Festival, UK
  • Guy Gypens, General & Artistic Director Kaaitheater , BE
  • Haris Pašović, Director Mittelfest, IT /BA
  • Hermann Schnitzer, President Meraner Musikwochen / Settimane Musicali Meranesi, IT
  • Jovanka Višekruna Janković, President Serbian Festivals Association, RS
  • Keng Sen Ong, Artistic Director Theaterworks , SG
  • Mark Ball, Creative Director  Manchester International Festival, UK
  • Marko Ahtisaari, Artistic Director Helsinki Festival, FI
  • Martin Honzik, Director ARS Electronica Festival, Prix, and Exhibitions  ARS Electronica, AT
  • Paul Dujardin, CEO & Artistic Director BOZAR, BE
  • Pawel Potoroczyn, CEO University SWPS in Warsaw, PL
  • Piñeiro Nagy, Artistic Director Estoril Lisbon Festival, PT
  • Renato Quaglia, General Manager FOQUS Foundation and Project Manager Friuli Future Forum, IT
  • Ruta Pruseviciene, Executive Director Vilnius Festival , LT
  • Sophie Detremmerie, Managing Director KlaraFestival, BE
  • Tamar Brüggemann, Managing Director  Wonderfeel Festival Netherlands, NL
  • Vigdís Jakobsdóttir, Artistic Director & CEO Reykjavik Arts Festival , IS
  • Virve Sutinen, Artistic Director Tanz im August Berlin, DE
  • Yves Goldstein, Chief of Mission KANAL Centre Pompidou, BE
  • Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General EFA, DE
  • Eva Nunes, European Projects Manager EFA, PT
  • Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner Education, Culture, Youth and Sport,  HU
  • Anna Isola,  Assistant to the  European Commissioner Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, 
  • Barbara Gessler , Head of Unit Creative Europe European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture,  DE