Baltic Sea Festival
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A red thread on the 2013 festival is the voice and voice capabilities, with several strong singers among the participating artists including El Perro del Mar, Sibille Attar, Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa, the Seattle duo THEESatisfaction, Wildbirds & Peachdrums-vocalist Mariam Wallentin running her solo project Mariam the Believer. For the first time there will also be theatre with acclaimed Blind Summit from England and their gallows, however, theatrical performance The Table.
The 2013 General Assembly & Conference of the European Festivals Association (EFA) took place from 18-21 April in Granada, Spain, and was hosted by the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada. It was the opportunity for 145 delegates representing 66 festivals from 35 countries to meet their colleagues, to exchange on what is at stake in the world of festivals all over Europe and beyond and to have an inspiring time.
"International cultural exchanges in the performing arts-a divided story" says a report that Svensk Scenkonst (Swedish Performing Arts) has just presented. Dagens Nyheter concludes: "Internationalization has been high on the political agenda of culture, especially during the past year. In addition, international cultural exchange is one of the cultural policy objectives. Despite this, appropriations from the State for this purpose has declined over the past five years, and authorities have little overview of the performing arts needs.
Do you belong to the next generation of artisitc festival directors? Do you feel the need to broaden your programming skills, grow your network and get inspired by your peers and experienced forunners? The European Festivals Association is the umbrella organisation for festivals across Europe and beyond. One of the upcoming opportunities offered by EFA is its training programme Atelier for Young Festival Managers: beirut 5-12 October 2013 and Edinburgh 3-10 april 2014.