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New online search engine to bring arts everywhere: EFFE’s FestivalFinder.eu in the making

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On 14 November the European Festivals Association (EFA) launched the FestivalFinder.eu, an online search tool for audiences woldwide to discover all arts festivals, from music to theatre, street arts to dance, literature, … in 45 countries in Europe near and far.

The FestivalFinder.eu is part of the initiative ‘Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe – EFFE’. It guides international audiences, festival lovers, artists, managers, travelers, academics, journalists, bloggers, policy makers, city developers,... through the world of Europe’s diverse cultural space. It is rooted in and steered by the festivals community with the support of the European Commission and the European Parliament.

In partnership with arts festivals, cities, tourism boards and last but not least the audiences the FestivalFinder.eu ambition is to be the most up-to-date, comprehensive, insightful and practical guide to Europe’s arts festivals.

Registration on the FestivalFinder.eu is open as of 14 November – and it is free. Already 1129 organisations are part of this online tool: the EFFE Label winners in 2015-2016 and 2017-2018.

The EFFE Label is Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals, attributed for their work in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness.

About the European Festivals Association (EFA)

Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe – EFFE is a preparatory action initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA), supported by the European Commission and the European Parliament. EFFE brings the arts to the attention of audiences with a searchable database that also serves for all sorts of interactions and initiatives recognising the work of Europe’s diverse arts festivals landscape. EFA’s mission is to unite and represent its member festivals across Europe and the world by contributing to the artistic life of Europe. It acts as the most important platform for arts festivals. By supporting and enabling artistic creation, production and participation, EFA and its members ensure that the human right of access to culture is a reality for all citizens. Interaction between festivals, with public authorities and other stakeholders in the arts are central to EFA's work.