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EFFE International Jury

The EFFE International Jury consists of a group of individuals from across Europe and beyond who take the final decisions on which festivals will receive the EFFE Label and which festivals qualify for the EFFE Awards. The jury brings together nine experts, who will complete this EFFE story and will be chaired by Sir Jonathan Mills, former director of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Sir Jonathan Mills, Australia/UK

Sir Jonathan Mills is a prominent, Australian-born, composer and festival director, who resides in the UK. In the 1990s he worked in the Architecture Faculty of RMIT University in Melbourne,  leading courses in acoustic design. He is the composer of several award-winning operas and works for chamber ensemble and orchestra. His opera Eternity Man was recognized by a Genesis Foundation commission in 2003 and his oratorio Sandakan Threnody won the Prix Italia in 2005. 

He has been director of various festivals in Australia but also in the UK where he was the director of the Edinburgh International Festival between 2007 and 2014.

He is currently Director of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, a UNESCO recognised, biennial meeting held in conjunction with Edinburgh’s summer festivals, Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh and Vice-Chancellor’s (Professorial) Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

His work has been recognized by awards from the governments of Australia, Britain, France, Poland and South Korea.

Tamar Brüggemann, Netherlands

Wonderfeel is a fairy tale” (de Volkskrant) and “Wonderfeel is unique in the world” (NRC Handelsblad) are but two of the descriptions of this outdoor festival for classical music, located in the woods in the centre of the Netherlands co-directed by Tamar Brüggemann. It is no wonder that Tamar Brüggemann is leading this “unusual” format of classical music festival, her career has been intimately linked to bringing Early Music to as many people possible. This she did when working in different departments for the Early Music Organization, famous for its Utrecht Early Music Festival, and then again as managing director of Holland Baroque, a radically versatile baroque orchestra. With their 55 concerts per year Holland Baroque likes to explore other musical styles (jazz, folk …) without losing sight of its baroque foundation and the experience it wants to establish for and together with the audience. 

Tamar Brüggemann shares her passion and vision also by serving in other organisations as, for instance, in the Board of the International Chamber Music Festival on the island Schiermonnikoog and as advisor for the Performing Arts Fund NL.

Ong Keng Sen, Singapore

Ong Keng Sen is the Festival Director of the all-new Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) he will direct the festival for the fourth time in 2017. He holds a Masters in Performance Studies (Intercultural Performance) from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and was also an Adjunct Professor with the National University of Singapore, where he started the theatre studies programme in 1992.

He is the first Singapore artist whoreceived both the National Arts Council Young Artist Award (1992) and the Cultural Medallion (2003). Ong is a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Arts and Culture Prize in 2010 for his work in Asian contemporary performance. His works have been presented to much acclaim all over the world including Lincoln Center in New York City, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Edinburgh International Festival, Theater der Welt in Berlin (1999), Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle in Denmark, Roma Europa Festival, , Idans Festival in Istanbul, Panorama Festival in Rio de Janeiro and Adelaide Festival in Australia etc.

Peter Florence, UK

Peter Florence started Hay Festival in 1987 around his mother’s kitchen table, with his parents and a few friends. Over the last 31 years Hay Festival has brought more than 4 million people to events in 15 countries around the world. This year there are editions in Wales, Denmark, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Spain. He lives with his wife, Becky Shaw and their four sons in the Black Mountains.

Haris Pašović, Bosnia

Haris Pašović, a multiple-awarded director, made his name in the late 80s with his landmark theatrical production in Belgrade of Wedekind’s “Spring’s Awakening”. When Sarajevo fell under the Siege, Pašović returned to the city. During this dramatic period, he directed plays and also created the first Sarajevo Film Festival themed as “Beyond the End of the World”.  Pašović also produced the now legendary “Waiting for Godot”, directed by Susan Sontag. His shows played at many famous theatre festivals. His feature documentary “Greta” about Greta Ferušić, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp and the Siege of Sarajevo, was shown at the New York Jewish Film Festival at the Lincoln Centre and other festivals around the world. Pašović is a director of the East West Centre Sarajevo and teaches at several universities. Among other plays he directed “Hamlet”; “Faust”; “Class Enemy”; “Nora”; “Europe Today”; “Conquest of Happiness” and most recently his own plays “What Would You Give Your Life For?” and “Uncovering a Woman.”

Pavel Potoroczyn, Poland

Pavel Potoroczyn is diplomat, author, film and music producer. From 2008 to 2016 he was the Director of the Institute of Adam Mickiewicz in Poland. Graduated from the Institute of Philosophy at University of Warsaw, he also studied history at the same university. He started his public service in 1992 as President of the Polish Information Agency, his diplomatic career took him to Los Angeles where he was Consul for Culture for the Republic of Poland.

In 2000 he established the Institute of Polish Culture in New York City and was its very first Director. In 2005 he became Director of the Polish Institute in London. He is also a founding member of Lincoln Center Global Exchange (New York City). Author of the NIKE nominated novel “Ludzka Rzecz”, he published in Playboy, Tygodnik Powszechny, Rzeczpospolita, Brief, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung among others. Since 2017 he is the CEO of University SWPS in Warsaw, the first private university in Poland.

Renato Quaglia, Italy

Renato Quaglia is a project Manager, Festival Director, Coordinator of Institutions and cultural projects, and a Professor of Economics of Culture.

From 1998 to 2007, Renato Quaglia has been Managing Director of the Venice Biennale for the Festivals of Theatre, Music, Dance, and the International Exhibitions of Visual Arts and Architecture.  Then, from 2008 to 2011 he has been the Director of the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia.

He currently is General Manager of the FOQUS Foundation (a project of urban regeneration in Naples), an OECD Analyst and Project Manager of the Future Forum in Udine. He is also consultant for cultural development projects for the Italian Southern Regions, as well as for international organizations. He is Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts des Lettres of the Republic of France.

Irene Rossi, Belgique

She started working in the music sector as communication & production assistant for the Brussels concert venue Ancienne Belgique. After this great experience, she worked 10 years freelance as music journalist & TV-editor and at the same time was involved in Couleur Café. She has been working for Couleur Café since the beginning of the multicultural festival, when it started as an African music & arts event in 1990. She worked first as press officer, later on as Communication Manager, Music Booker and organizing member of the small staff where everybody has diverse and multiple responsibilities. From June 30th till 2nd July 2017 Couleur Café will be celebrating its 28th edition in a completely new park near the Atomium.

Couleur Café has been her main job since 2014 and she is still very passionate about it. She has also been involved in the organizing team of the smaller alternative festival called Deep In The Woods in the South of Belgium (8-10 Sept 2017).

Fruzsina Szép, Hungary

Fruzsina is festival director for Lollapalooza Berlin and Board member of Yourope, the European Festival Association. She was born in Budapest, grew up in Munich and started her professional career in the music and entertainment industry at age 18.

Fruzsina was the program & artistic director of Sziget, the funding director of the Hungarian Music Export Office and the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Brussels and also initiated CEETEP, the Central-Eastern European Talent Exchange Program that is part of ETEP, the European Talent Exchange Program. She aims at building up festivals with strong creative content, with a heart and soul, to provide a long-lasting experience for the audience. For many years Fruzsina has been working on a well structured link between the Eastern and the Western European Festival market to strengthen the mobility of artistic repertoire, best practices and values. She is a lecturer at Universities where she holds classes on art management, creative concept development and festival organization. Fruzsina is Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic and an Honorary Associate Professor.

The International Festival Jury of the first edition 2015-2016

Vincent Baudriller, President of the EFFE International Jury - Director of Théâtre Vidy, Lausanne

Hortense Archambault, Director of MC93 Maison de la culture de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Bobigny

Tom Creed, Theatre and Opera Director based in Dublin

Nina Peče Grilc, Director of Kinodvor, Ljubljana

Piotr Gruszczynski, Theatre Critic and Dramaturg based in Poland

Ulrika Josephsson, Production Manager of Jupither Josephsson Theatre Company, and Project Manager of Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival at Dramaten, Stockholm

Mark Russell, Founder and Co-Director of Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, New York

Gyorgy Szabo, Managing Director of Trafo - House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest

Over 760 festivals from 31 countries were considered by the Jury who, in a joint statement, said: ‘It has been an enormous pleasure and a privilege for the jury to discover the breadth and ambition of the European festival circuit. We are glad to see that 10 countries from across Europe and a wide spectrum of artistic disciplines were represented in the final selection of the 12 award winners.’ 

The jury has delved into the applications and reputations of each festival that applied to be part of the platform. In doing so they saw trends emerging, commonalities that are bringing festivals across Europe together. Read here the Jury report, written by jury member Tom Creed, that looks into both the process of selecting award winners and the trends that emerged. With this insight we hope festivals across Europe will gain awareness of the current state of play within the sector at large as seen by these diverse experts.