European Festivals Association (EFA)

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Association Européenne des Festivals

Kleine Gentstraat 46, B-9051 Ghent

Phone

32 9 241 8080

Fax

32 9 241 8089

Country

BELGIUM

Darko Brlek, President

Ljubljana Festival, Trg francoske revolucije 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone

386 (0) 1 241 6000




Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General



Phone

32 9 241 8082




Gert Naessens, EU Projects & Operations Manager










The European Festivals Association (EFA) is the major professional organisation of European festivals for the performing arts (music, theatre, dance) encouraging co-operation and collaboration between festival managements. Its aim is to promote the significance of festivals and their role in the international cultural co-operation.

Among the 100 international performing arts festivals from 44 countries is also Festival Ljubljana.


Background

The European Festivals Association was founded in Geneva in 1952 on the joint initiative of eminent conductor Igor Markewitch and philosopher Denis de Rougemont, with 15 festivals making up the core (Aix-en-Provence, Bayreuth, Berlin, Besançon, Bordeaux, Florence, Holland, Lucerne, Munich, Perugia, Strasbourg, Venice, Vienna, Wiesbaden and Zurich). The founders were deeply engaged in the quality and social responsibility of festivals. Denis de Rougemont insisted on the urgent need for cultural integration of Europe as expressed in the words believed to be said by Jean Monnet: 'If it were to be done over again, I'd start with culture'.


Activities

EFA organises annual conferences and round table meetings across Europe to promote networking, co-production and cooperation opportunities, complemented by its publishing activities (EFA BOOKS series and the EFA Blog Festival Bytes). It performs also advocacy work through the European House for Culture.

The EFA's principal training and education project is Atelier for Young Festival Managers, an annual event for emerging artistic festival directors. After Ateliers in Görlitz (2006), Varna (2009), Singapore and Izmir (2011), in October 2012 the educational programme was hosted in Ljubljana and co-organised by the Festival Ljubljana. The 32 young festival directors from 21 countries worked with eight experienced festival managers.

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Association Européenne des Festivals +
+32 9 241 8089 +
Association Européenne des Festivals +
B-9051 Ghent +
Kleine Gentstraat 46 +
The European Festivals Association (EFA) is the major professional organisation of European festivals for the performing arts (music, theatre, dance) encouraging co-operation and collaboration between festival managements. +
The European Festivals Association (EFA) is the major professional organisation of European festivals for the performing arts (music, theatre, dance) encouraging co-operation and collaboration between festival managements. +
+32 9 241 8080 +
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