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Invitasjon til EFA Arts Festival Summit 2018

Dear EFA Members,
Dear colleagues,

With this letter you’re kindly invited for the EFA Arts Festivals Summit 2018 (including the 66th EFA General Assembly) to take place from 11 to 14 April 2018 in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

We are excited to bring the festivals’ community together in great diversity! Together with our host, the Ljubljana Festival and its Director Mr Darko Brlek, a three-day programme exceptionally rich in opportunities for networking, exchange and inspiration is created for you in the green oasis of Ljubljana. Three days of meeting your colleagues, information exchange and knowledge sharing are prepared, along with an insightful and enjoyable programme that will invite us to taste fantastic food, Slovenian wine and visit the historic and cultural treasures of the city.

You are EFA: its members, the owners and initiators of EFA’s activities for 66 years now. You are guiding the board and EFA team with your ideas and input through the next phase of challenges and opportunities. Come and share your vision; meet your colleagues and help us to shape our joint future.

The [Herit]AGE of the ARTS - Audiences in the heart of the places
The Arts Festivals Summit’s theme is The [Herit]AGE of the ARTS - Audiences in the heart of the places. At this occasion you will meet your colleague festival makers, representatives from cities and governments and tourism boards from all over Europe.  Please feel invited to propose to the EFA team your most important tourist contact so that we can invite him or her.

We would like to offer a platform for EFA members to highlight your historical and current role in your city and region, above all your role in taking responsibility for the heritage of the past and supporting the heritage of the future, bringing visitors and audiences to unknown places, literally and figuratively.

Arts Festivals Summit Programme
The detailed programme of the Arts Festivals Summit, all speakers, as well as more practical information will be shared on the EFA website. Some programme highlights include:

11 April: Official Opening of the Arts Festivals Summit at the Grand Union Hall including a welcome banquet.

12 April: EFA members in conversation with the festival community, dedicated to audiences in the heart of the places. Ballet 100 at SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana, followed by a dinner reception at National Gallery of Slovenia.

13 April: Formal EFA General Assembly at the Ljubljana Town Hall. Closing Evening with EFA Members’ Ceremony and Farewell Dinner at Ljubljana Castle.

Also keep an eye on the newsletter and the Summit webpage for all updates!

Practical details
All EFA delegates will be accommodated at Grand Hotel Union. EFA covers 2 hotel nights for 1 delegate per EFA member. Feel invited to delegate more than one of your festival colleagues (150,-€/night for a single room; 170,-€/night for a double room) and please note: the last third night will be a special night for EFA members only: the European Commission will honour EFA members for their contribution to Europe’s Cultural Heritage.

Another news: For the first year, the Arts Festivals Summit has a free event app for your smartphones (Apple Store & Google Play). You'll be able to view the programme and plan your schedule, send in-app messages and exchange contact info with other participants and the EFA Team, find attendees with common affiliations, access practical info like the event logistics, GPS guidance, maps, and many more. More instructions on how to install the app will be received after your registration.

Please register online before 20 February 2018.

Full of green spaces, young people, historical treasures, an incredible kitchen, great wine and a vibrant art scene, Ljubljana is ready to welcome you in April 2018! We are looking forward to three rich and fruitful days together!

Yours sincerely,

Jan Briers, EFA President                              

Darko Brlek, Director Ljubljana Festival