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24 Mar 2017

Atelier for young festival managers in Shanghai

One week left to apply! First Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers taking place in China, Shanghai, 17 until 23 October 2017 - Apply before 31 March 2017. The course fee is 2100 euro.
21 Feb 2017


Now all of you who did not have the time to apply before the weekend get a second chance. The application period is extended to February 24th at 23:59 hours. I hope it might be a carrot to everyone who applied in 2015 and got the EFFE Label to apply again. But also for you who are seeing this for the first time to take the opportunity and apply NOW! Sweden Festivals, the Swedish hub, will assists all applicants who experience problems. Read more below when Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Culture, urge festivals to continue their important work.
14 Feb 2017

Nordic Showcase - time to register!

The second edition of Nordic Showcase invite you to two full evenings of concerts, with seminars, receptions and excursions on top, and it’s all for free. Thursday and Friday 16-17th March we fill Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, southern Sweden, with some of the best acts that the Nordic Folk scene has to offer. The lineup ranges from the Finnish wizard of diatonic accordion Antti Paalanen to Norway’s legendary Valkyrien (formerly Valkyrien Allstarts) to up and coming Swedish folk rock band Skenet.
14 Feb 2017

Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers Shanghai 2017

The Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association) is delighted to launch the call for applications for a new programme, the first Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers. This programme is set up and developed by The Festival Academy and the China Shanghai International Arts Festival. 
14 Feb 2017

The War of Love is a new Swedish opera in Vattnäs ...

... and Maria Blom directs Carmina Burana and Catulli Carmina by Carl Orff at Dalhalla Opera. Performance on August 19, 2017. This summer Ebba Witt-Brattströms famous novel "Århundradets kärlekskrig" is staged as an opera, music composed by Paula af Malmborg Ward, libretto by Mathias Clason and directed by Niklas Hjulström. "Kärlekskriget" (The War of Love), which the opera is called is produced in cooperation with Västmanlands Länsteater. Starring Anna Larsson, contralto and Lars Arvidson, baritone, and Amelia Jakobsson, soprano.
8 Feb 2017

Tempo Documentary Festival 6-12 March 2017

Tempofestivalen 2017
The 18th edition of Sweden’s largest documentary festival is here! Tempo has grown, matured and become even larger. That is celebrated by expanding to 18 locations around Stockholm. All 18 year olds are offered a free season ticket to the festival. The main theme of Tempo Documentary Festival 2017 is (un)truth, something that permeates both films, radio, photos and conversations. The theme has a natural connection to the documentary narration – whose reality is depicted and how do we deal with the truth when stories are shaped?
8 Feb 2017

Two coordinators for Samspel hired

Eva Omagbemi och Peter Pontvik är koordinatorer för det nationella uppdraget Samspel
Musikarrangörer i Samverkans (MAIS) latest newsletter states that planning phase of Samspel, a mission from Musikverket, is ready to start. February, two Coordinators, both on half-time basis, was hired. The purpose of the mission is to create better conditions for the free active professional musicians and spread their operations to more locations and more people. In this way, we get a richer and wider music scene in Sweden.


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NordicBaltic Festival Platform

The 3rd NordicBaltic Festival Platform conference will take place in November 2017.

Stay tuned for more information!

EFFE Label 2017-2018: APPLY NOW!

New deadline 24 February

The second edition of EFFE is prolonged! Apply for an EFFE Label for your festival. Deadline 24 February 2017.

Festivals come in all shapes and sizes. Within EFFE a festival is cultural/artisic event " that takes place in a specified place, over a specified period of time and are conceived as a total package". It is a loose description. All festivals that meet the criteria are invited to apply. See Guidelines for details.



The unbound force

Sweden is behind the rest of Europe when it comes to recognizing the Festival as an important cultural carrier, says Peter Eriksson and Noomi Hedlund at the Association of Swedish Music Festivals. Read more HERE (Swedish)

Music Festivals a Changing World

Music Festivals a Changing World - an International comparison. 

The book is available from Sweden Festivals


Your festival can be a member

SF is a member of EFA