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FESTIVAL READINGS
Jan Simko (International Theatre Festival Divadelna Nitra - Slovakia) - ​​Marie-Agnèes Sevestre (Les Francophonies en Limousin - France)
​​Ada Paukstyte (Vilnius Festivals - Lithuania) - ​​Maria Szilagyi (Contemporary Drama Festival - Hungary)
​​Nelson Fernandez (NFA International Arts and Culture - UK) and ​​Hugo de Greef (General Coordinator of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers - Belgium)
The Festival Readings, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), are an intense three-day education format consisting of public lectures on artistic festival management that take place in the framework of a festival – thus giving at once professional insight and practical behind the scenes experience. The initiative responds to the need for suitable life-long training opportunities in the field of festival programming and management. The Festival Readings are part of The Festival Academy, which was launched by EFA in April 2013. They introduce the participants to the essence of festivals: their artistic meaning for artists, their environment for innovation and their unique experience for the audience. The Festival Readings focus foremost on the central place of the artistic aspects of festival management. Against this background they look at: artistic vision, political and social responsibility related to cultural and artistic value of a festival in a certain region, a certain community but also internationalization, networking, renewal and sustainability The Festival Readings aim to illustrate festivals as platforms with a strong meaning for the arts, the artist and their place in society, drawing special attention to the context they take place in. Instruments such as communication, production and budget which play an important role in achieving this main goal are discussed to a certain extent during the Festival Readings – concerning their relevance in the implementation of the artistic program.
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