New on Festival Bytes: From the Atelier in Edinburgh to EFA’s General Assembly in Ostrava
The European Festivals Association (EFA) has been here for over 60 years. It would seem that the network uniting and collaborating with directors of various festivals, arts managers, artists, political representatives, providing them with the opportunity for regular meetings, exchange of experiences, joint problem solving, and generally highlighting the importance of arts and culture in everyday life would be well-known to everybody who is at least a bit involved in the field of arts management. Personally, I heard about the activities of this association for the first time when I attended the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Edinburgh in 2014. I must admit that when I departed for Scotland last year in the beginning of April, I did not know what to expect from the actual meeting or from EFA. But I had a full week ahead of me; the week which in an unbelievable way enriched my professional life and, as I hope, my future career path. Read the full blog by Ondřej Sikora on Festival Bytes.