Poznań’s Malta Festival Declared One of the 12 Best in Europe
An international jury has recognised the 12 most trend-setting European festivals of 2015 from a pool of 760 festivals from 31 countries. One of those awarded was Malta Festival in Poznań.
250 festival representatives from across Europe gathered in Paris on Sunday 27 September for the announcement of the first ever EFFE Awards. These new awards aim to give accolades to internationally-recognised festivals presenting extraordinary artistic qualities and deal with significant social and political issues.
The international jury was made up of art and theatre experts, and was presided over by Vincent Baudriller, Director of Théâtre Vidy in Lausanne. The other jurors were: Hortense Archembault, a Director of MC93 in Bobigny; Irish director Tom Creed; Piotr Gruszczyński, a theatre critic and dramaturg from Poland; Ulrika Josephsson from Jupither Josephsson Theatre Company and Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival at Dramaten; Nina Pece Grilc, the Director of Kinodvor in Ljubljana; Mark Russell, director of the American Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival; and György Szabo, director of Trafó in Hungary. The EFFE Jury commented:
Malta Festival Poznań presents some of the most interesting contemporary culture phenomena from all over the world and co-produces theatre shows. It initiates performing arts, musical and community art projects. The jury considered this to be the most innovative festival in Poland: having begun as a theatre festival, five years ago it began inviting leading artists to curate specific programmes around a particular theme or idea.
All the rewarded festivals are on show in a virtual exhibition, Festivals at the Heart of Europe, which opened on the day of the awards ceremony and is on view at the Google Cultural Institute platform. Google Cultural Institute is an online platform that aids collaboration between artists and festivals of any cultural aspect. The institute launched EFFE (Europe for Festivals. Festivals for Europe) together with the European Festival Association (EFA).
Other than Malta Festival, the list of winners included: the interdisciplinary Ars Electronica from Linz in Austria; Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France devoted to music; BIG BANG from Antwerp in Belgium, held in 11 cities across Europe; Midnight Sun Film Festival from Sodankylä in Finland, organised by the Kaurismaki brothers; Manifesta from the Netherlands, a festival that changes location every year; NEXT organised in France and Belgium; Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival from Groningen in the Netherlands; Perforations Festival of theatre and dance, held in Croatia; Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in Czech Republic; Santarcangelo Festival Internazionale del Teatro in Piazza in Italy; and SICK! from the UK.
Sources: EFFE.eu, written by WK, translated by ND, Sept 2015