Europe’s remarkable festivals honoured with EFFE Label 2017-2018: 14 festivals from Malta awarded

Europe’s remarkable festivals honoured with EFFE Label 2017-2018

14 festivals from Malta awarded the EFFE Label 2017-2018

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. 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 for all international audiences interested in the arts of all kinds.

“The International Jury is convinced to give the greatest diversity of festivals the opportunity to be part of and strive in this new community of festivals. During its deliberations, the Jury was impressed by the immense quality, diversity, exposure of festivals towards the public and their commitment to access and inclusion of all people in society. They also underlined the consistent artistic choices made by festival makers programming both emerging and established artists.” The Jury also “invites the Label holders to join hands for a common movement of festivals stimulating solidarity, the arts, artists, and open conversations.” (find the entire statement on

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.

14 Maltese festivals were awarded the EFFE Label 2017-2018: Birgufest; Għanafest; International Spring Orchestra Festival (ISOFestival); Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF); Malta International Organ Festival; Malta Jazz Festival; Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival; Malta Short Film Festival (MSFF); Notte Bianca Valletta (NBV); Science in the City, Malta; Valletta International Baroque Festival (VIBF); Victoria International Arts Festival (VIAF); Żejt iż-Żejtun; and ŻiguŻajg 2017 - Arts Festival for children and young people. ARC Research & Consultancy serves as the EFFE Malta Hub. ARC Managing Director Ms Davinia Galea and Director Dr Mario Frendo participated in the EFFE Hub Meetup in Wiesbaden which put forward a new model of networking, exchange and inspiration amongst the Festival’s community. Ms Galea also moderated a session during the Meetup, entitled ‘In Conversation With’.

“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.

The EFFE Label 2017-2018 recipients are now featured in the online European festivals calendar. offers audiences worldwide a window to Europe’s vibrant cultural scene.


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EFFE is an initiative of the European Festivals Assocation co-financed by the European Union.