European Festivals Association (EFA)
|Association Européenne des Festivals|
|Kleine Gentstraat 46,|
|Phone||32 9 241 8080|
|Fax||32 9 241 8089|
|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|
|Inge Ceustermans, Project Manager Atelier for Young Festival Managers|
|Phone||32 2 644 4800|
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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 the 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'.
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. The upcoming Ateliers take place in Poznań, Beirut and Edinburgh.