The EFFE Label is Europe’s recognition of remarkable arts festivals committed to the arts, their communities and Europe.
Just in time of high summer festivals season, the European Festivals Association (EFA) reveals the selection of the EFFE Laureates: 26 festivals are highlighted from amongst the 715 EFFE Labelled Festivals by the EFFE International Jury for their exceptional quality, work, commitment and impact within their contexts and territories. These 26 festivals are in the run for the EFFE Award handed out on 18 September during the Arts Festivals Salon in Brussels, hosted by the Centre of Fine Arts – BOZAR.
In the coming weeks the stories behind these festivals will be revealed one by one on the EFFE website www.effe.eu.
Pawel Potoroczyn, chair of the final EFFE Jury meeting, is “delighted with the result which is representative for the whole EFFE Label list covering 39 countries. The geographical reach, diverse festivals’ scope and diversity in arts disciplines, as well as a strong social engagement, are reflected in these 26 EFFE Laureates celebrating the diverse festivals’ community all over Europe”.
The 26 EFFE Laureates (in alphabetical order) are:
- 12 Points, Ireland
- Africtions – captured by Dance, Germany
- Altofest International Contemporary Live Arts, Italy
- ASALTO Zaragoza , Spain
- Athens Digital Arts Festival , Greece
- Bábkarská Bystrica TOUR – Double impulse, Slovakia
- Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival, Cyprus
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UK
- Edinburgh International Festival, UK
- European Film Festival Palic, Serbia
- Festival of Five Churches, Hungary
- Festival of Wonder, Denmark
- FMM Sines – Festival Músicas do Mundo, Portugal
- Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, Poland
- Gender Bender, Italy
- GOGOLFEST – International Annual Multidisciplinary International Festival of Contemporary Art, Ukraine
- International Theatre Festival – Varna Summer, Bulgaria
- Les Eurockéennes de Belfort, France
- Mittelfest, Italy
- Ravenna festival, Italy
- Tallinn Architecture Biennale , Estonia
- Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre, Georgia
- TANEC PRAHA – The International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement Theatre, Czech Republic
- Theaterfestival Boulevard 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
- Utrecht Early Music Festival, Netherlands
- Walk&Talk Azores, Portugal
NB: the festivals that received the EFFE Award in 2015 were not considered for nomination in this edition.
The EFFE International Festival Jury members are: Sir Jonathan Mills (Chairman EFFE International Jury, composer and former Director Edinburgh International Festival – Australia, UK), Tamar Brüggeman (Co-Director Wonderfeel – Netherlands), Peter Florence (Director Hay Festivals – UK), Keng Sen Ong (Festival Director Singapore International Festival of Arts – Singapore), Haris Pašović (Theater director, Director East West Centre Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina), Pawel Potoroczyn (CEO of University SWPS in Warsaw – Poland), Renato Quaglia (General Manager FOQUS Foundation – Italy), Irene Rossi (Couleur Café – Belgium), Fruzsina Szép (Festival Director Lollapalooza Berlin and Board member Yourope – Hungary).
Find more details about the EFFE International Jury here.
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The EFA Board
Governor Jan Briers, EFA President – Federation of Music Festivals in Flanders
Hermann Schnitzer, EFA Vice President – südtirol classic festival – Meraner Musikwochen
Paul Dujardin, EFA Vice President – BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts
Colm Croffy, EFA Board Member – Association of Irish Festival Events
Filiz Eczacibasi Sarper, EFA Board Member – International Izmir Festival
Ibrahim Spahic, EFA Board Member – International Festival Sarajevo Winter
Ruta Prusceviciene, EFA Board Member – Vilnius Festival
Sophie Detremmerie, EFA Board Member – Flanders Festival Brussels
Nagy Pineiro, EFA Board Member – Estoril Lisbon Festival
Francesco Maria Perrotta, EFA Board Member – ItaliaFestival
Jovanka Višekruna Janković, EFA Board Member – Serbian Festivals Association
The EFA members:
A. Sakharov International Art Festival – Abu Dhabi Festival – Al Bustan Festival – Ankara International Music Festival – Armel Opera Festival – Aspendos International Opera & Ballet Festival – Audi Sommerkonzerte – Batumi MusicFest – BBC Proms – Beirut Chants Festival – Beiteddine Art Festival – Berliner Festspiele – BOZAR Festival – Bratislava Music Festival – Budapest Spring Festival – Chorégies d’Orange – Dubrovnik Summer Festival – Edinburgh International Festival – Emilia Romagna Festival – Estoril Lisbon Festival – Europalia Arts Festival – European Festival of Performing Arts Timisoara – New Romanian (gr. drama = czynność, akcja), nazwa używana w I połowie... More Festival – Festival d’Aix-en-Provence – Les Festivals de Wallonie – Festival de Wiltz – Festival della Valle d’Itria – Festival Castell de Peralada – Festival Internacional de Música de Canarias – Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida – Flanders Festival International – George Enescu International Festival and Competition – Georgian International Festival of Arts GIFT – International Antalya Piano Festival – Bodrum Music Festival – International Festival Sarajevo Winter – International Festival Wratislavia Cantans – International Izmir Festival – International Music Festival „A Tempo” – International Music Festival “Janáček May” – Israel Festival, Jerusalem – Ljubljana Festival – Lucerne Festival – Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival – Malta International Arts Festival – March Music Days International Festival – Mersin International Music Festival – MITO SettembreMusica Festival – Mittelfest – Mosel Musikfestival – Music Biennale Zagreb – Ohrid Summer Festival – Pavia Barocca – Prague Spring International Music Festival – Ravenna Festival – Rheingau Musik Festival – Romaeuropa – Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico – Sochi Winter International Arts Festival – SoNoRo Festival – Stresa Festival – südtirol classic festival – Meraner Musikwochen – Turkish State Theatres – Usedom Music Festival – Varna Summer International Music Festival – Vilnius Festival – „Yerevan Perspectives” International Music Festival – Association of Irish Festival Events (AOIFE) – Bulgarian Festivals Association – Czech Association of Music Festivals – Estonian Music Festivals – Federation of Music Festivals in Flanders – Finland Festivals – France Festivals – ItaliaFestival – Norway Festivals – Rotterdam Festivals – Serbian Festivals Association – Spanish Association of Classical Music Festivals – Sweden Festivals – Swissfestivals – European Early Music Network (EEMN/REMA)