Oleksandr Butsenko, head of EFFE Hub, Ukraine, director of the Development Centre “Democracy through Culture”
Ukrainian EFFE Hub was created by the end of 2016 and started immediately its activities. As a result, three well-known Ukrainian festivals have received the EFFE Label 2017-2018, they are: GogolFEST (Kyiv), Faine Misto (Ternopil) and Yavoriv fun (Yavoriv, Lviv region). The EFFE Label unites annually above 700 festivals in Europe giving them above of all, the possibility for information and partnership exchange. Each festival with EFFE Label carries to some extent its own national culture to the European space. In other words, this label is a way to the large European festival family, to the large European cultural community. The new call for EFEE Label 2019-2020 will be announced by the end of this September, beginning of October. We hope that with the help of our hub established on the basis of the Development Centre “Democracy through Culture” we would unite a number of Ukrainian festivals submitting their applications and, thus, meeting the opportunity to join the festival movement of Europe.
Besides, our hub has partnership relations with other EFFE hubs; particularly, we closely collaborate with Georgian hub, and together have initiated the creation of the Eastern Partnership Countries Festivals Platform. A similar Nordic Baltic Festivals Platform (Scandinavian and Baltic countries, including Poland) could be our partner as well.
Therefore, the EFFE project initiated by the European Festivals Association will give new knowledge and skills to festivals, new inspiration opening the possibility not only to involve more audience, but to meet more friends and find out creative ideas to share them with European cultural community.