European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists - Call for Applications

Festivals act as fertile ground for tapping into and expanding talents. They are spaces of exchange between artists and the public, facilitate connections among artists themselves and with other professionals. Festivals are alchemists of innovation, curators of risk-taking endeavours, both guardians and intermediary springboards for artists across artistic disciplines. The European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists – EFFEA, an initiative of the European Festivals Association, is a system built to empower festivals and offer emerging artists a platform to establish themselves on the international stage. EFFEA extends an open invitation for festivals to work across borders and create a network of colleagues with shared goals. It recognises that the future lies in the synergy of diverse perspectives and collective efforts. Through EFFEA, festivals join hands to foster the success of emerging artists. 

Applications for EFFEA Call#3 will be open from 15 January to 19 March 2024. Around 50 residencies will be selected, involving 50 emerging artists in collaboration with a minimum of 2 festivals from different countries. All arts festivals from the EU member states, Creative Europe, and other included countries (please see below) registered on are invited to apply.

Who can apply?

EFFEA Call #3 is open to all festivals and artists that fulfil the following conditions:

Festivals exist for at least one edition and are registered on Register here.
Festivals and artists have their official addresses in one of the following eligible countries:
EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.
Creative Europe countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Ukraine, Tunisia.
Other included countries: Israel, Palestine, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Please note: Israel, Palestine, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK can only apply as partners and not as leading festivals. Artists from these countries can also be proposed. 
Festivals and artists work in one of the following artistic disciplines: Architecture, Ballet Contemporary Dance, Circus, Design/ Applied arts, Digital arts, Film, Folklore and folk arts, Heritage, Interdisciplinary, Literature, Music, Opera, Street Art, Theatre, Photography/ Video, Sculpture, Painting.

Find out more and apply here.