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EFFE Laureate - Utrecht Early Music Festival
It is one of the odder of life's coincidences that I should find myself writing this on the exact anniversary (the 22nd) of the day I started my all too brief time as Director of Utrecht Oude Muziek, probably the most comprehensive single city programme of music from mediaeval to classical times in the world.
EFFE Laureate - Altofest International Contemporary Live Arts
Altofest is the antithesis of the usual big city festival. There are no parades, no great spectacular events in grand venues, no firework displays.
EFFE Laureate - Tanec Praha Festival
It was against conservative expectations in arts that Yvona Kreuzmannova, fresh from a year's scholarship in Paris, started the Tanec Dance Festival in Prague in 1991
EFFE Laureate - Edinburgh Festival Fringe
To many the Edinburgh Fringe is the antithesis of a festival; uncurated, shambolic, insanely eclectic and limited only by the physical spaces able to pass the local Council's fire regulations. To others it is the ultimate extravaganza of democratic showmanship.
EFFE Laureate - Walk & Talk Azores
The Walk & Talk Festival began in 2011 as a reaction to the desperation caused by the financial crash and austerity.
EFFE Laureate - Edinburgh International Festival
At the end of August 1972, shortly after my 18th birthday, I went with my school friend James (now the BBC's Diplomatic Editor) to the Edinburgh Festival for the first time.
EFFE Laureate - Buffer Fringe Festival
There are very few events which symbolise the role of the arts in a divided society as succinctly or as effectively as the Buffer Fringe Festival.
EFFE Laureate – Theaterfestival Boulevard s’Hertogenbosch
“The rain cleared and the sun was so bright nobody could see me against it – the cameras were useless,” said Viktorien van Hulst, the Director of Theaterfestival Boulevard.
EFFE Laureate - Gdansk Shakespeare Festival
It will be a surprise to many that one of the world's most important festivals devoted to Shakespeare happens not in an English speaking centre but in Poland's northern industrial port, Gdansk.
EFFE Laureate - Mittelfest
The International Jury for EFFE noted that Mittelfest renews “a dialogue that makes the festival unique, devoted not to an artistic genre, not to a city or an author, but to a precise idea of European citizenship.
26 EFFE Laureates announced
The International Jury of EFFE selects 26 Laureates from amongst the 715 EFFE Labelled Festivals