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The first IFEA EUROPE regional conference in Romania is hosted by ArCUB, the official cultural organisation of Bucharest, on the occasion of the celebration of Bucharest’s 555th Anniversary and the opening of the new cultural center in the historic Gabroveni Inn located in the Old Town. The conference features a Master Class on cultural sponsorship, a special stream focusing on opportunities for cities to be named official EU cultural capitals, and other themes. Delegates shall also have opportunity to explore the cultural life of Bucharest as well as concerts and other festivities on the occasion of the city anniversary celebrations

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12.00 – 17.00 hrs at ARCUB HALL (14 Batiste St. ): Master Class for cultural organisers focusing on SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMMES – how to obtain sponsorships, documentation needs, ideas for activation of sponsorship to benefit all parties, etc.. The Master Class provides a good opportunities for exchange of best practice with IFEA’s sponsorship professionals and local cultural operators. (Optional; fee required to participiate). 

Master Class facilitators: 

Allan Xenius Grige, Consultant, Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School, Chairman of IFEA EUROPE; and Colm Croffy, Executive Director of Association of Irish Festivals & Events

Two coffee breaks during the Master Class

18.00 at Gabroveni Inn: OFFICIAL CONFERENCE WELCOME for IFEA delegates

The Historical Archives of Gabroveni Inn Exhibition and Behind the scenes – Rebuilding Gabroveni Inn photography exhibiton; Gabroveni Inn movie projection; Book release – the historical album The Story of Gabroveni Inn; Jazz concert

Official reception with the participation of Bucharest’s Mayor

Mapping on the façade of Gabroveni Inn


Held at Gabroveni Inn – Exhibition Hall, from 12.00 pm – 14.00 hrs and 16.00 – 19.00 hrs. 

Theme 1: CULTURAL CAPITALS: Local and international speakers focus on opportunities for cities to become, and succeed as, cultural capitals. 

Keynote speaker: Mr. Trevor Davies; Director of Copenhagen International Theatre; former head of Copenhagen Cultural Capital 1996, former director of Salisbury Festival, and author/strategiest behind the succesful bid for Aarhus Cultural Capital 2017. Other speakers to be announced

Theme 2: NETWORKING between cultural operators including cooperation opportunities with National Cultural Institutes, to establish local festivals and events; 

Theme 3: SPONSORSHIP practices. Recent samples of interesting cultural sponsorships.

Two coffee breaks during the conference and a 2 hour lunch

20.00 – Dinner (registered members only)


Held at Gabroveni Inn – Exhibition Hall, from 10.00 – 13:00 hrs.


Become inspired – or learn from the flaws!

Featured local and international projects include :

  • – International Street Theatre Festival – B-FIT in the Street!
  • – Bucharest Music Film Festival
  • – Bucharest Jazz Festival

13.00 – 14.30: Lunch

15.00 – 17.00: “Behind the Scenes” in Old Town area; time to explore the city festivities on the occasion of the 555th Anniversary of the first mentioning of Bucharest


10.00 – 13.00: Bus Tour of the city – 3-5 sights with stop opportunities

13.30 –  14.30 Brief conference closing with drinks at the Gabroveni Inn. 


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