European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists - EFFEA

The European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists - EFFEA is an initiative of the European Festivals Association that offers emerging artists a platform to develop their careers on an international level through festivals.

What is EFFEA?

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. EFFEA is the next step in a movement of festivals in Europe that recognise themselves and commit to working together at a European level. It builds on the preparatory action called EFFE: Europe for Festivals Festivals for Europe.

Main Objectives

  • To offer emerging artists more opportunities to present their work and develop their career on an international level
  • To offer cooperation opportunities for festivals to work across borders on the topic of emerging artists
  • To offer audiences new and surprising encounters with emerging artists in their towns and cities through the platforms of their festivals

Who will benefit from this Fund?

How? Network and collaboration between Festivals; new programmes and new artists for Festivals; financial support to promote the artists at a European level.

Emerging Artists who are proposed by the festivals
How? Research; network (of programmers and local artists in different countries); residencies/ workshops/ masterclasses; European visibility; capacity building; presentation in different festivals in different countries.

How? Access to new talents and artists; access to new arts and repertoire; access to diverse and interdisciplinary works.

The third call of EFFEA has recently concluded. Results are now out: 57 projects were selected, involving 57 emerging artists under the wings of 159 festivals from 35 countries and 18 artistic disciplines. Throughout Europe and beyond, artists and festivals will work on their residency programmes between 1 June 2024 and 31 May 2025.

Stay up-to-date on future calls by visiting the website news section and Facebook page regularly. We also encourage you to join the EFFEA Facebook Community.


  1. EFFEA Story: Daniel Seabra

    EFFEA Story: Daniel Seabra

    Residency of Daniel Seabra, presented by Trengo Contemporary Circus Festival in partnership with Terminal Festival, Pitch’d Fest...

  2. EFFEA Call #3: Intake Seminar

    EFFEA Call #3: Intake Seminar

    The EFFEA Generation #3 Intake Seminar gathered over 100 festival makers and artists selected for the third round of residencies on 11...

  3. EFFEA Call #3: Results

    EFFEA Call #3: Results

    The results of Call #3 are now out: 57 residencies will be supported by the third round of the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Ar...

  4. EFFEA Story: Katharine Dain

    EFFEA Story: Katharine Dain

    Residency of Katharine Dain, presented by Wonderfeel in partnership with Istanbul Music Festival & Huddersfield Contemporary Music...

  5. EFFEA Story: Pol Guasch

    EFFEA Story: Pol Guasch

    Residency of Pol Guasch, presented by Fabula ‒ Literature of the World festival in partnership with Festival europske kratke prič...

  6. EFFEA Call #3: Thank you!

    EFFEA Call #3: Thank you!

    Thank you for applying to the third call of the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists -

  7. EFFEA Call #3: How to apply

    EFFEA Call #3: How to apply

    Last 2 weeks to apply! Check the Call #3 criteria and prepare your application

  8. EFFEA Call #3: Apply now!

    EFFEA Call #3: Apply now!

    The third call for festivals to support emerging artists is open. Submit your residency proposal until 19 March

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