Report: COVID-19 survey "Festivals’ needs and commitments"
COVID-19 has hit all cultural and creative sectors and within the sector festivals particularly.
Because festivals have their own specificities, the European Festivals Association (EFA) has conducted the survey “Festivals’ needs and commitments” from 7 April until 31 May 2020. The questionnaire helped to gather as much information as possible on the impact of this crisis at its very beginning and have an accurate picture of the festivals' situation.
The present report highlights the answers of 208 different festivals from 37 countries. There are many question marks, unsafety and uncertainty about the consequences of this crisis. It has also been highlighted that federations play an important role for festivals. The report covers diverse fields: the dimensions of damage and loss handling, but also silver linings like alternative solutions and positive legacies. Next to the conclusions, the report also includes recommendations for the future.
Today, we need all festivals’ stakeholders to assume the major task of emphasising the necessity of the arts in our lives and to commit to their revival. We all have a role to play, so go for it.
“Festivals and cultural operators will stand at the forefront of overcoming the fears and reinstating belief in the need for real-life human interaction and international exchange - that's what culture is all about!” (UK)
“We believe that Culture can be the engine for every new day.” (CZ)
“After COVID, culture is essential to heal the wounds of our society, give it a re-start and bring back discussions, visions and actions on a democratic, collective, humanistic and cultural future.” (PT)
“Thank you EFA for continuing to offer opportunities for festivals to share knowledge and good practice, and bring us all together.” (PL)
“We need all help - also from the European level. You [EFA] could make the difference in this moment when borders and minds are closing...” (FI)
EFFEA Call Coming Soon!
Get ready for 14 October! The European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists - EFFEA will open its first call for festivals to support emerging artists on that date. Register for the info session on 13 October 2022.
Call for Youth & Festival’s Best Stories
2022 is the European Year of Youth. Young people deserve the closest attention. They have been giving so much in the last two years, putting their lives on hold in solidarity with older and more vulnerable people. We want to thank them for the way they have behaved. This is why we dedicate this call for stories to them.
Lithuanian festivals and the European Capital of Culture
More than 40 festivals, 60 exhibitions, 250 stage events, and 250 concerts. This impressive list is this year's programme within the city of Kaunas and its District, elected European Capital of Culture 2022. On this occasion, we invite you to discover with us this year's upcoming Lithuanian festivals.