HOT NEWS: Arts Festivals Summit, 27-29 April 2020 Galway/Ireland

27 February 2020

Discover the first topics and speakers at our Summit to get you in the heart of festival making. Galway 2020 also offers a vibrant artistic and cultural programme. Register now to be part of the journey! 


We would like many of you to join. This is the reason why we have decided to extend the early bird discount until 15 March (registration fee of €195 instead of €245). The more you come the less you will pay as there is an additional 30% discount for your second, third, fourth... delegate. 
Register now and be part of our 3 days of work and exchange with festival makers, city representatives, EU officials, artists and entrepreneurs coming from all over Europe and beyond. We all have something to learn from each other.

Europe is a continual construction exercise. We are part of it. Being all together makes our voice stronger. Let's take advantage of the Summit and Galway 2020 to build our present and move forward. "No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it." – H.E. Luccock


We are preparing 10 lunch toolbox discussions for you to bring you in the heart of festival making: Shona McCarthy (CEO of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society), Luis Perandones Lozano (Founder and Managing Director of GmbH), Fabienne Krause (General Manager of Classical:NEXT) among others will present some insights of existing strategies to create fresh, compelling classical and art music experiences to optimise your classical music concerts and events. 
Other speakers and topics will be announced in the coming days. Check the Summit page to be the first to know.


Galway is the European Capital of Culture of 2020 with many activities running throughout the year. It is important for us to meet the artistic and cultural community in the city and the artistic treasures. Two first appetizers: the CELLISSIMO Festival inviting star cellists. For the visual art lovers, you can see the work of John Gerrard (Irish artist). He will create an extraordinary artwork on major LED walls, set within a large stunning Mirror Pavilion, which will reflect the environment around it and respond to the escalating climate crisis. Straw Work will be installed at the Claddagh Quay in Galway City from April.
Check our page for more activities.  


Read our practical information guide to help you find your way to and in Galway. For those who need a visa, it is not too late yet to join us but you should apply in the following days. Read our page dedicated to visa on our website. If you have any other questions or special requests you can always reach us. The EFA and the AOIFE teams will be happy to help you :)