Special message recorded for the Summit Special Edition 2020.

Kathrin Deventer 

Secretary General
European Festivals Association, Brussels, Belgium 

Kathrin Deventer is the Secretary General of the European Festivals Association (EFA). Kathrin is a Co-founder and Board member of the European House for Culture, an initiative of EFA, a member of the Strategy Group of “A Soul for Europe”, co-initiator and board member of The Festival Academy (TFA). Under her leadership, EFA has launched the new programme for arts festivals EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe including its FestivalFinder.eu. In the same way, she also led EFA to co-initiate together with major performing arts networks the EU-funded project of Perform Europe. She served as a member of the Culture Committee of the EU’s “New Narrative for Europe” project. She has a special interest in culture and its role in civil society engagement and issues connected to the recognition of the importance of culture in society.