The Phase One Festival, which took place at The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon recently has been awarded an EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) Label by the association.
Following a process of intense evaluation from national experts to an international jury, 761 festivals from 31 countries now belong to the first generation of EFFE Label recipients.
Roscommon’s Percy French Festival also made the cut and is amongst 16 Irish festivals selected.
EFFE is the portal for citizens and professionals to discover and get involved in Europe’s festivals.
It is a new international festival platform connecting festivals that are deeply committed to the arts, their communities and European values.
The platform invites audiences worldwide to access up-to-date festival information and participate in festivals across Europe. Above all EFFE recognizes the immense excellence of these festivals in their daily local work all across Europe.
Following an open call to apply for the EFFE Label 2015-2016 launched in summer 2014, hundreds of festivals submitted applications to demonstrate their devotion to three EFFE Label criteria: artistic commitment, community involvement and a festival’s international and global outlook. National experts, appointed by EFFE’s national contact points reaching out to festivals in each country, scored the applications and presented the findings to an international jury which nominated the EFFE Label 2015-2016 recipients in May 2015.