EFFE is a result of many years of intense collaboration with the European Commission and European Parliament. The EFFE Platform answers a project call launched by the European Commission and the European Parliament. Thanks to EFA’s past and present active engagement in Europe’s cultural policy development and thanks to its broad membership, the European Commission gave EFA the mandate to set up a new implementing organisation for this pilot project on the long term. It was launched in 2014 by the European Commission’s Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
The first of EFFE’s initiatives is a quality label. This label is given to festivals with an artistic commitment, involvement in their local communities and a European and global outlook. National experts assess their country’s applications and see if they meet the three criteria. An international jury will also give awards to the most adventurous and exciting festivals. Labels and awards will be announced and a multimedia festival guide launched in autumn 2015 at a gala at one of Europe’s greatest festivals.
A special Award for its continued reinvention of the arts and festival sector was given to the Edinburgh International Festival, UK.
In July 2017, the EFFE International Jury selected 26 festivals from amongst the 715 EFFE Labelled Festivals for their exceptional quality, work, commitment and impact within their contexts and territories. UK 2017 Laureates were Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UK and Edinburgh International Festival, UK.
UK Festivals with the EFFE Label: