Participation in cultural life, exposure to art, access to artistic knowledge and training are enriching both to the individual and communities. They also strengthen civic and social ties. Arts and culture are key to increasing the public’s awareness of political and societal issues. A democratic society where people actively participate in culture has the means to foster social inclusion.

In 2010, the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, the European Festivals Association (EFA) invites arts festivals worldwide to open doors!

Open Doors!

Festivals are in a privileged position to provide the means for everyone to experience culture. Festivals open doors to new artistic forms, new performers, new audiences, unusual venues, unknown cultures, new points of view, new approaches to arts and the world, new social orders, new political discussions.

Open Minds!

Festivals:

Build societies!

All arts festivals are invited to open doors and


Continue building societies:Open this door now!