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[Festivals Stories] Istanbul Fringe Festival
When the pandemic hit, the Istanbul Fringe Festival moved to online platforms with shows streamed on the festival's YouTube channel. To create more interaction, the festival programmed many side events: Workshops, online panels and artists speed datings to bring together international participants.
[Festivals Stories] Misteria Paschalia Festival / KBF
The Misteria Paschalia Festival is considered one of the most important early music festivals in Europe. Devastated by the fact of cancelling their 2020 edition, the team decided to put together an online festival at the same dates and create a kind of nostalgic edition presenting highlights from the history.
[Festivals Stories] Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival Stuttgart
In 2020, the lockdown was imposed when the Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival Stuttgart had just started. They managed to create a streamed Corona Edition in less than two months thanks to the fact that their live festival has been streamed for over 20 years.
[Festivals Stories] Reykjavik Arts Festival
In 2020, the 50th anniversary of the Reykjavik Arts Festival was supposed to take place in June. In the end, they delivered 2/3 of their full programme within the year and they took the best out of this tough situation by experimenting with new ideas that attracted new audiences and brought joy to the public.
[Festivals Stories] Holland Festival
After conducting an online programme in 2020, Holland Festival was determined to present a live international festival in 2021. They achieved this goal thanks to the optimism, flexibility and resilience of the highly motivated festival team, collaborators and artists.
[Festivals Stories] Krakow Film Music Festival
Krakow Film Music Festival launched new initiatives: In 2020, the new cycle 'LIVE from Studio' invited musicians to play from their homes or recording studios to help everyone #StayAtHome. In 2021, it included talks about how the film industry worked during the pandemic with speakers from all around the world.
[Festivals Stories] Locus Festival
The Locus Festival succeeded in bringing into the line up established and well-known Italian artists along with new artists who have performed to wide acclaim. The festival had great success with the audience and was very happy with the overall edition.
[Festivals Stories] Gdansk Shakespeare Festival
The 24th edition of the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival was moved entirely online. Despite of this being a challenge for the organisers, it allowed them to develop a platform that remains a great asset for the future of this festival.
[Festivals Stories] Voila! Europe Theatre Festival
The Voila! Europe Theatre Festival 2020 festival went ahead with no cancellations thanks to the resilience and dedication of the artists and the team at The Cockpit. They focused on the "liveness" of the festival in spite of the online format, as they did not want to lose the sense of community that this creates among the audience.
MASDANZA expands in the canary islands
Although our EFFE Label MASDANZA Festival welcomed less international artists in 2020, the festival grew into a 3-week festival including an extension with new stages in the other Canary Islands.
[Festivals Stories] Athens Digital Arts Festival
Athens Digital Arts Festival aims to promote all aspects of digital creativity and since the beginning of the pandemic succeeded to create remarkable events. This festival hosted the first digital art online streaming festival in Greece and one of the first in Europe. It fosters local as well as international artists and communities.
[Festivals Stories] Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival
The Divine Comedy not only had to fight against the adversities of the pandemic but also faced a very inestable political climax that irrevocably divided the Polish society. In Poland, theatre is more than just a space for entertainment and this festival is very much aware of this fact: It is a crucial place for building identity and community discussion.