5 December 2006

STILL SO MUCH TO BE DONE – Challenges for Culture in Europe Anne-Marie Autissier, Frans de Ruiter, Rik Pinxten, Dr. Volker Hassemer and European Commission President Jóse Manuel Barroso write on the legacy of Denis de Rougemont. "Still so much to be done" is EFA BOOKS 1 of a new EFA BOOKS Series. It is an anthology assembled on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Denis de Rougemont, founder and first president of EFA. It features prominent European cultural scientists, professionals and politicians including Anne-Marie Autissier (Paris VIII University), Frans de Ruiter (Leiden University), Rik Pinxten (Ghent University), Dr. Volker Hassemer (Spokesperson of the initiative “A Soul for Europe”) and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso (nota bene a student of Denis de Rougemont). The authors study the notion of culture from historical, philosophical, political, cultural and, sometimes very personal perspectives. The way they draw the line from immediate post-war integration to the meaning of culture today and its challenges in the future make this anthology an important reflection on the key role the arts, artistic expression, cultural networks, such as EFA and civil society engagement, have in the building of an open European civil society. The anthology includes an introductory essay by EFA Secretary General Hugo De Greef and a preface by EFA President Darko Brlek. Several new publications of EFA BOOKS e.g. on festival sponsoring and training & education are in preparation. Still so much to be done: Challenges for Culture in Europe Editors: Hugo De Greef and Kathrin Deventer Authors: Anne-Marie Autissier, Frans de Ruiter, Rik Pinxten, Volker Hassemer, José Manuel Barroso Publisher: European Festivals Association, D/2006/11.106/1 ISBN: 9789081140416 Number of pages: 207 Language: English Price: 15,00 euros (for EFA members 10,00 euros) You can order EFA BOOKS 1 by mailing to, calling +32 9 241 8080 or sending a fax to +32 9 241 8089 Download the press release. Some of the reviews and interviews on EFA BOOKS1: Review IFACCA, Australia Review Culturelink Interview with Hugo De Greef in "De Standaard" Letzebuerger Journal Announcement in Delo,Slovenian newspaper OCPA News in Africa The book has also been reviewed or announced by Vreme (newspaper, Macedonia) LRT (radio, Lithuania) Göteborgs Post (newspaper, Sweden) Radio Renascenca (radio, Portugal) La Lettre du Spectacle (magazine, France) IMC MUSIC WORLD NEWS (France) EFAH – European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (newsletter) Estonian Ministry of Culture European Commission library Felix Meritis – European Center for Arts and Sciences where the book can be purchased