EFA offers traineeship in 2010

14 December 2009

!!Procedure closed!! The European Festivals Association (EFA) offers an internship in the field of festivals with the following focus: Research on EFA members and festivals in general in the framework of 2010 EFA Conference on “Access to Culture” and the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. The European Festivals Association (EFA) is the umbrella organisation for festivals across Europe. Over more than 50 years, the Association has grown into a dynamic network representing more than 100 music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary festivals, national festivals associations and cultural organisations from about 40 (mainly European) countries. You contribute to the mission of EFA… Being a membership organisation EFA has to be up-to-date about the activities of its members at all times in order to improve and fine-tune its services. At the same time, it is key to know the sector and its development also in regions where the network does not have many members yet (mainly outside of Europe). EFA can make use of a large network that includes partners from all over Europe and beyond. The knowledge of EFA members and the sector is of high importance as EFA seeks to coordinate the efforts of its members; facilitate cooperation and co-production; set common policy; promote multidisciplinary tendencies; underline the state of art in society; and act prominently in the wider political debate. The EU has declared 2010 the Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. After two years of successful partnerships with the European Commission in the framework of the European Years (2008: Intercultural Dialogue, 2009: Creativity and Innovation), EFA will explore festivals’ role in the fostering of social inclusion and access to culture. EFA and its members regard the access to culture as a fundamental right for all citizens and therefore are eager to engage – also in collaboration with the European House for Culture and the Access to Culture platform. EFA is committed to make the voice of festivals and culture heard; the exchange on and promotion of best practices is but one measure to raise awareness of the importance of culture in our societies today. Your task… Under the supervision of the EFA Secretary General Kathrin Deventer, the intern is responsible for a comprehensive research project that aims to define the latest developments in the festival sector in general and within EFA membership in particular. The task includes collaboration and exchange with members and partners from all over the world, collection and processing of data and the drafting of the publication of the data. The trainee works closely together with the EFA team on the organisation of the EFA conference and input on the conference programme that is linked to the research trajectory. Your responsibilities within the EFA team… • Contacting members • Collaboration with partner organisations (cultural networks etc.) all over Europe and beyond • Collection of data by different means of research • Processing of collected data • Preparation of the publication of the research results • Inputting and finalisation of the programme of the 2010 EFA conference • Extra tasks negotiable depending on knowledge and background of intern You should… • have a passion for culture and/or research • have an academic background: student in Cultural Studies, Humanities, Communications, Administration or equivalent • have the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines • have a working knowledge of MS Office • have a working knowledge of English; knowledge of Dutch, French, German or other language an asset • have excellent communications and interpersonal skills • be a team player but able to work independently • be a quick learner with a “can-do” attitude EFA offers… • a full-time internship in Ghent and Brussels/Belgium: 1. 4-6 months starting as soon as possible (exact dates negotiable); • working in a renown European association • insight into the work of a major European cultural network and membership organisation • working closely with major partners from all over Europe and beyond • an inspiring international working environment • working in a small and dynamic team If you are interested, please send your application (CV and motivation letter) by email to Nathalie Dert, Office Manager – – as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you! Contact European Festivals Association (EFA) Kleine Gentstraat 46 9051 Gent - Belgium T: +32 9 241 8080 F: +32 9 241 8089 -