715 festivals from 39 countries received the EFFE Label 2017-2018 as ‘remarkable festivals’ in Europe. On 4 May, the Label 2017-2018 results were announced by the International Jury chaired by Sir Jonathan Mills. Dubrovnik Summer Festival is among eighteen festivals in Croatia that were chosen to receive the label with the following feedback: The festival fulfills expectations in regard of artistic level of the program, number of visitors and community involvement. The jury encourages the organizers to think over the concept/period/goals of the event if Dubrovnik wants to become a recognizable international cultural destination.
EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, is Europe’s Label for remarkable festivals initiated by the European Festivals Association. It is an international festival community connecting festivals that are deeply committed to the arts, their communities and Europe. At the same time, it serves as a searchable online Festival Calendar on www.effe.eu for all international audiences interested in the arts of all kinds.
Following an open call to apply for the EFFE Label 2017-2018, hundreds of festivals submitted applications to demonstrate their excellence concerning artistic commitment, community involvement and international/European engagement. 95 national experts, appointed by EFFE’s national contact points, scored the applications and presented the findings to the EFFE International Jury. They were impressed by the consistent artistic choices made by festival makers, programming both emerging and established artists, taking innovative or regenerative approaches.
- The European Festivals Association is convinced about EFFE’s potential: to embrace and breathe Europe as an idea of community and reciprocal understanding and responsibility towards the world. That is why we are looking forward to develop this new European Label further - says Darko Brlek, EFA President.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival has been a member of European Festivals Association since 1956 and a recepient of EFFE Label for the last three years, since the establishment of the Label. The Festival is an annual event taking place from 10 July to 25 August each year and presenting rich and vibrant theatre, ballet, opera, classical music, jazz, fine arts, film and folklore programme. Browse the programme for the upcoming season here.