FestivalFinder.eu (a)Live Now - Report on the survey on Festivals & Cities, Regions

21 Apr 2021

Festivals and cities are Siamese twins. There is a great potential to unlock on a local level through more collaborations between festivals and their cities, regions, villages, towns, islands, quartiers...

To understand better the links between them, read our report on the survey on Festivals & Cities, Regions.

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This survey was designed and carried out as part of the FestivalFinder.eu (a)Live Now project. This project aims to identify the bonds that connect festivals to their physical and social environment: cities, regions, villages… in order to enhance alliances across Europe and design new models of strategic co-operation with the administrations as well as new business models with tourism.

Among the 178 evaluable responses sent by festival organisers from 37 countries, participants explored the various facets of their relationships to the communities that give space to their programmes and expose the added value that both parts, festivals and their settings, gain from their relationship.

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The survey shows that certain traits in the circumstances in which festivals collaborate with their environments are relatively similar if not exactly the same, regardless of country or the character of the event. Here are the main take-outs:

• The collaboration between festivals, cities and regions is more intensive, the connection closer, and its areas better exploited than most of us would have presumed;
• Spanish and Portuguese festivals have the most prominent connections when it comes to collaborating with their city and region;
• Italian festivals excel in the intensity of their regional affiliations as well as with the variety of spillover projects they carry out;
• Festivals in the former communist countries continue to rely on public subsidies to a higher degree than in most other areas;
• Central and western European festivals are more self-sustaining, and depend more on municipal assistance, including (to a lesser degree) various services;
• In these aspects, Belgian festivals stand out, which supposes there are other resources behind their achievements.

The survey also contributes to the definition of priorities and providing guidance in the quest for best co-operation protocols between cities or regions and their festivals. To do so, festivals were asked to prioritise their expectations and motivations and the ones they presumed for their local authorities.

For more information, read the full report here.


The survey on Festivals & Cities, Regions was carried out by the European Festivals Association in the framework of FestivalFinder.eu (a)Live Now. The data was analysed by the Budapest Observatory of Summa Artium.

FestivalFinder.eu (a)Live Now is a project implemented by the European Festivals Association in partnership with the City of Bergen, Italiafestival, Summa Artium, EURACTIV Media Network and publiq, and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.