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Frans de Ruiter appointed Honorary Member of the European Festivals Association

On April 13 2018 during the Arts Festivals Summit in Ljubljana, Prof. Frans de Ruiter has been appointed Honorary Member of the European Festivals Association, of which he has been President for 14 years.

European Festivals Association

The European Festivals Association (EFA) unites distinguished music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary arts festivals from Europe and beyond since 1952.
Today, the European Festivals Association (EFA) connects about 100 festivals and festival associations in 40 countries. EFA members are the core element that make the Association an open, influential, international place for any festival that wants to be part of a bigger festival community.

The European Festivals Association’s mission is to unite and represent its member festivals across Europe and the world by contributing to the artistic life of Europe. It acts as the most important platform for arts festivals. EFA members take the joint responsibility that the arts are prioritized offering their platforms to bring the arts to the audiences. Access and participation in culture and the arts is a Human Right. By supporting and enabling artistic creation, production and participation, EFA and its members ensure that this right is made a reality for all citizens. Interaction between festivals, with public authorities and the other stakeholders in the arts are central to EFA's work.

Frans de Ruiter

Frans de Ruiter (1946) is emeritus professor and former director at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA), research institute within the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University.

Prof. de Ruiter studied musicology (Utrecht) and harpsichord (Amsterdam). After  an intense concert-career he became director of the Holland Festival (1977-1985), and the Royal Conservatoire at The Hague (1985-2006). He was co-founder and director of the Utrecht Early Music Festival (1982-1994).

After the merger of the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art in 1990 he was chairman of the governing board of the –what is now called- University of the Arts in The Hague (1990-2011). Since the cooperation of the University of the Arts and Leiden University started, he was professor and dean of the Faculty of Creative and Performing Arts of Leiden University (2001-2008) and director of the Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (2008-2016).

In the last capacities he was co-founder and –director of docARTES, doctoral programme in musical arts (since 2004) and PhDArts, doctoral programme in visual arts and design. Aside of his professional jobs Frans de Ruiter was president of several international networks, such as the European Festival Association (1989-2003) and the International Music Council, affiliated with UNESCO (1997-2001 and 2009-2013). Currently he is president of the European House for Culture in Brussels.

Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)

ACPA embodies the collaboration between Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague (the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art). In addition to research in and through the arts, ACPA offers academic education for art students and art education for students at the university. Furthermore, the institute organizes cultural events where art and science meet. It offers composers, performing artists, visual artists and (graphic) designers the opportunity to perform research in and through artistic practice.


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