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Festival organisers gather at Europe summit

Around 150 festival makers are gathering in Ljubljana this week for the Arts Festivals Summit 2018.

Around 150 festival makers are gathering in Ljubljana this week for the annual Arts Festivals Summit of the European Festivals Association, hosted by the Ljubljana Festival.

From April 11 to 13, three intense days are promised, with representatives of city councils, tourism organisations and arts and cultural institutions from across Europe meeting to exchange ideas.

The Arts Festivals Summit brings together events with a diversity of sizes, artistic genres, target audiences and artistic programs. Participants will also get to experience artistic performances during the Slovenian Music Days.

The summit’s theme is the idea that festivals bring together thousands of audiences and visitors within cities every year, creating an added value to what a city offers.

On April 12, eight International speakers will share their views on collaboration between festivals and cities to stimulate social cohesion among citizens. European Commissioner for Culture Tibor Navracsics will join the participants on April 12 to express his support for the work of festivals in society.

Festivals and tourism
The European Festivals Association stresses that it is inviting stakeholders from the tourism sector, as festivals “bring destinations alive and provide great content which the tourism industry can use in their promotion”, the association says.

A pre-meeting on April 11 dives into this topic and aims to explore how festivals can better collaborate with tourism organisations.

One of the speakers at the Arts Festivals Summit 2018 is Ceyda Berk-Söderblom, co-founder and director at MiklagardArts, Atelier Alumni & studio Aleppo Helsinki.

The European Festivals Association is the umbrella organisation for festivals across Europe and beyond representing about 80 member festivals, 15 national festival associations and cultural networks, reaching 2000 festivals from 40 countries.

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