13 festivals from Malta honoured with EFFE Label 2015-2016

EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, initiated by the European Festivals Association has announced the results of Europe’s finest festivals honoured with the EFFE Label 2015-2016. Following a process of intense evaluation from national experts to an international jury, 761 festivals from 31 countries now belong to the first generation of EFFE Label recipients, including 13 festivals from Malta and Gozo which are:

Festival Mediterranju tal-Letteratura ta’Malta

Għanafest – Malta Mediterranean Folk Music Festival

Gaulitana: A Festival of Music

Lejl f'Casal Fornaro

Malta Arts Festival

Malta Jazz Festival

Malta Short Film Festival

Maritime Senglea International Festival

Notte Bianca Valletta

Science in the City

Valletta International Baroque Festival

Victoria International Arts Festival

ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People

Davinia Galea, Director of ARC Research & Consultancy, the Malta Hub for EFFE, said that the 13 festivals have been recognised as amongst the finest festivals in Europe. She appealed to Maltese audiences to support this recognition by attending these festivals. “These festivals are our EFFE ambassadors, and we, as the Malta Hub would like to reach out to both the festivals and their regular attendees, as well as those who have not attended these festivals before, to be present and participate, and create a dialogue in different festival communities, whilst celebrating Europe’s strongest asset: a cultural Europe. We hope that this pilot initiative and its successful outcome would encourage more festivals to apply to future editions”.

EFFE is the portal for citizens and for professionals to discover and get involved in Europe’s festivals. It is a new international festival platform connecting festivals that are deeply committed to the arts, their communities and European values. The platform invites audiences worldwide to access up-to-date festival information and participate in festivals across Europe. Above all EFFE recognizes the immense excellence of these festivals in their daily local work all across Europe.

Following an open call to apply for the EFFE Label 2015-2016 launched in summer 2014, hundreds of festivals submitted applications to demonstrate their devotion to three EFFE Label criteria: artistic commitment, community involvement and a festival’s international and global outlook. National experts, appointed by EFFE’s national contact points reaching out to festivals in each country, scored the applications and presented the findings to an international jury which nominated the EFFE Label 2015-2016 recipients in May 2015.

“We are glad to be able to say that the EFFE Labels 2015-2016 make up the first generation of EFFE Label recipients that stand for artistic quality and have a significant impact on the local, national and international level. The Label recipients represent 31 European countries and offer a wide range of genres and activities to their audiences,” said chairman of the EFFE international jury Vincent Baudriller, Director of Lausanne's Theatre Vidy and former director of the Festival d’ Avignon, ”from world-renowned dates in the cultural calendar, to eclectic events known only to switched-on insiders, an extremely wide variety of festivals are included.”

All EFFE Labels 2015-2016 will be presented in an online and print guide from early summer. This unique result extends the reach of European festivals across borders, creating new bridges amongst the festival community and new access of audiences about festivals coming up. The online guide will be launched in summer.

The President of the European Festivals Association, Mr. Darko Brlek said, “I am glad that EFA offers its network to a new platform that has such backing from the festival sector to really put audiences directly in touch with such an array of festivals. EFFE made this happen by calling together a unique festival community - a true gift to European culture and its incredible diversity which lives in Europe’s festivals.”

More news about the EFFE Labels 2015-2016 is available at www.effe.eu. You can access all EFFE Label festivals at www.effe.eu. The online Guide to Europe’s festivals 2015-2016 will be available in early summer.