Activities 2020: save the dates

18 February 2020

We have prepared a list of activities not to be missed in 2020 for you. We have categorised them as activities related to: networking, training or policy. Take your agenda and save the dates. 


  • NETWORKING: 14-16 January, New York | International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Conference.
  • TRAINING: 22-25 January, Antwerp | The Festival Academy: Pilot Digital(R)Evolution: Communication and New Technologies Training, hosted by deSingel International Arts Campus
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  • NETWORKING: 10-15 March, Salzburg | Salzburg Global Seminar, the rendez-vous challenging current and future leaders to shape a better world. The topic of this year is “What Future for Festivals?” (by invitation only)
  • POLICY: 17 March, Brussels | Culture Round Table with EU Commissioner for 25 festival leaders to agree on the long term strategy for EFA within the EU context


  • NETWORKING: 27-29 April, Galway | Arts Festivals Summit, the annual 3-day Get-Together for 250 festival makers not to miss, hosted by the Association of Irish Festivals & Events (AOIFE)
    More info and registration


  • TRAINING: 1-5 May, Elefsina | The Festival Academy: Atelier for Arts and Production Managers, tailor-made Atelier Module I (Module II - Placements at festivals around the world, ongoing from March till December 2020)
    More info and registration
  • NETWORKING: 18-21 May, Rotterdam | Classical:NEXT, the global gathering for all classical and art music professionals. Kathrin will lead the Sector Meet-up “EFA structured networking” session
  • TRAINING: 23-29 May, Düsseldorf | The Festival Academy: Atelier for Young Festival Managers 
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  • NETWORKING: 19 June, Amsterdam | International congress on “Strengthening European identity through Education and Culture” at Pakhuis de Zwijger in the frame of the Holland Festival


  • TRAINING: 14-20 August, Kampala | The Festival Academy: Atelier for Young Festival Managers
    More info and registration


  • NETWORKING: 17-21 October, Shanghai | EFA delegation to the 22nd China Shanghai International Arts Festival / Forums and Performing Arts Fair, the leading annual marketplace for new work from China, connecting creators and arts professionals worldwide


  • POLICY: 9 November, Berlin | A Soul for Europe Conference and Cities for Europe meeting
  • NETWORKING: November, Tampere / Tallinn | NordicBaltic Festival Platform, a gathering aiming to foster cultural cooperation in the Nordic-Baltic region. The platform is open to festivals across the arts sector
  • NETWORKING: 12-14 November, Saint Petersburg | Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum, a discussion platform open to all cultural experts from all artistic fields
  • NETWORKING: 20-22 November, Brussels | REMA - European Early Music Network – Summit at BOZAR dedicated to all professionals from the sector


  • TRAINING: December, Beirut | The Festival Academy: Atelier for Arts and Production Managers, tailor-made Atelier Module III