‘Eye-to-Eye’ is the European Festivals Association’s (EFA) Festival Quarterly. It assembles a variety of voices that speak about our society, the state of the arts and reasons why the arts exist, concepts, and moments in contemporary life. It includes articles EFA commissions and material we ask editors to provide. It reflects EFA’s journey to broaden our conversations and dig into the habitat of festivals, taking us well beyond the process of festival making.
Eye-to-Eye is published every 3 months.
The European Festivals Association community
The European Festivals Association (EFA) is a trusted alliance of festival makers representing:
- 80 EFA members; strong and long standing festivals coming from different countries in Europe and beyond,
- More than 2.300 festivals in 45 countries registered on FestivalFinder.eu, among which 823 festivals received the EFFE Label 2019-2021 – these numbers are growing daily,
- 700 alumni of The Festival Academy who have followed one or several training programmes,
- 40 cities contributing and participating in the Festival Cities Initiative.
Members • Andrey Sakharov International Art Festivals • Abu Dhabi Festival • Al Bustan Festival • Ankara International Music Festival • Artlink Festival • Aspendos International Opera & Ballet Festival • Audi Sommerkonzerte • BBC Proms • Berliner Festspiele • Bergen International Festival • Bodrum Music Festival • BOZAR Festival • Bratislava Music Festival • Budapest Spring Festival • Cistermúsica – Alcobaça Music Festival • Conrad Festival • Culturescapes • De Bijloke • Divine Comedy Festival • Dubrovnik Summer Festival • Edinburgh International Festival • Estoril Lisbon Festival • European Festival of Performing Arts Timisoara – New Romanian Drama Festival • Festival della Valle d’Itria • Festival Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino • Førde Traditional and World music Festival • Festival Castell de Peralada • Festival Castilla y Leon – Performing arts: FACYL Festival • Festival Deltebre Dansa • Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida • Festival of Contemporary Art GogolFest • Klarafestival (Flanders Festival International) • Festival Udine Castello • Festival Wonderfeel • Flanders Festival Ghent (Flanders Festival International) • George Enescu International Festival and Competition • International Antalya Piano Festival • International Festival Wratislavia Cantans • International Izmir Festival • International Music Festival “Kharkiv Assemblies” • Israel Festival • Les Festivals de Wallonie • Leoš Janáček International Music Festival • Ljubljana Festival • Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival • Macerata Opera Festival • Malta International Arts Festival • Mersin International Music Festival • MITO SettembreMusica Festival • Mittelfest • Mosel Musikfestival • Music Biennale Zagreb • Music Festival in Belém – Dias da Musica • Nasimi Festival. Poetry, Arts, Spirituality • Ohrid Summer Festival • Prague Spring International Music Festival • Ravenna Festival • Romaeuropa Festival • Sarajevofest Art and Politics • Semana de Música Religiosa • Teatro Aveirense • Winter International Arts Festival Sochi • SoNoRo Festival • südtirol festival merano . meran • Terras sem Sombra • The International Festival of Arts Named after P.I. Tchaikovsky • Usedom Music Festival • Utrecht Early Music Festival • Valley of Arts Festival • Varna Summer International Music Festival • Vilnius Festival • Welcome to The Village • Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival • Association of Irish Festival Events (AOIFE) • Bulgarian Festivals Association • Czech Association of Music Festivals • Federation of Music Festivals in Flanders • Festivals Edinburgh • Finland Festivals • France Festivals • Italia Festival • Musik i Syd • Rotterdam Festivals • Serbian Festivals Association • Sicheslav Festival Association “ArtEthnoFest” • Spanish Association of Classical Music Festivals • Sweden Festivals • European Early Music Network (EEMN/REMA)
Board Members • Jan Briers (President) • Paul Dujardin (Vice-President) • Hermann Schnitzer (Vice-President) • Colm Croffy • Sophie Detremmerie • Piñeiro Nagy • Francesco Maria Perrotta • Ruta Prusevičienė • Filiz Sarper • Jovanka Višekruna Janković
Publication date: April 2021
Direction of the E-Magazine: Kathrin Deventer
Editing coordination: Audrey Brisack
Photograph cover: The Sandman – Bergen International Festival 2019 © Thor Brødreskift
Texts: Jorge Andrade & José Capela, Kristina Borg, Frans de Ruiter, Sukina Douglas, Ada Mukhina, Jo Strømgren
Contributing Editor: Simon Mundy
Website: Maks vzw
Graphic design: Quasi and Studio Grid
Publisher: European Festivals Association
With the continuous support of: Gert Naessens, Sofía Arangüena López, Inge Ceustermans
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