Tom Creed, Member of the EFFE International jury wrote EFFE International Jury Report.
Malta Festival Poznań is one of twelve in Europe and the only festival from Poland to receive the EFFE Award for the most trend-setting festivals. ‘The jury considered this to be the most innovative festival in Poland: having begun as a theatre festival, five years ago it began inviting leading artists to curate specific programmes around a particular theme or idea.’, says Vincent Baudriller, the chairman of the international jury, the director of Théâtre Vidy in Lausanne and the ex-director of Festival d'Avignon, when he presented the award to the director of Malta Festival Poznań, Michał Merczyński, in Paris.
Report available HERE.
The EFFE Awards ceremony took place on 27 September during the meeting of 250 festival representatives, artists, journalists from all over Europe and representatives of the European Commission and European Parliament, hosted by the Parisian Festival d'Automne, Théâtre de la Ville and Google Cultural Institute. The list of the twelve European festivals, which were considered the most innovative, apart from Malta Festival Poznań, featured Ars Electronica from Linz, SICK! from Brighton/Manchester, Manifesta from Amsterdam, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Santarcangelo Festival Internazionale del teatro in Piazza and Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. In the justification for the granting of the award Malta Festival Poznań has been described as a festival: ‘presenting some of the most interesting contemporary culture phenomena from all over the world, co-producing theatre shows and initiating performing arts, musical and community art projects.’.