On presenting certificates, the minister of culture of Ukraine, Yevhen Nyschuk, stressed that the breaking through of Ukrainian festivals to the European level and European space is a prove of cultural richness and cultural initiatives of Ukraine. Maxim Demsky, the director of the GogolFEST, receiving the certificate, has noted that the coincidence of the 10th anniversary of the festival and the receival of the European label is not simple coincidence but the recognition of the festival well-known out of Ukraine. Maxim Cherkashyn, one the founders and managers of the festival Faine Misto, noted that the EFFE label received on the fifth year of festival existence is an incentive for its further development.
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.
EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe - is Europe’s largest festival community born and grown in the seat of the European Festivals Association. EFFE is present in each of the European Union’s 28 EU Member States and additionally, Norway, Iceland, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Israel (countries participating in the EU Creative Europe programme), through an EFFE Hub: a national contact point promoting the EFFE community among artists, festivals, businesses and policy-makers.
EFA’s overall aims with EFFE are to increase access to Europe’s festival scene and to promote trends in artistic excellence and innovation in festival production. Arts and culture are at the core of EFFE’s mission, globally promoting Europe as a vibrant space for cultural diversity, citizenship, democracy, freedom and peace.

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