December 21th, 2023
Connecting the EU Digital Strategy with live performance organisations: Pearle* and EFA unveil a new Cookbook for Cultural Managers
Revealing the Alliance
As the holiday season approaches, Pearle* - Live Performance Europe and EFA – European Festivals Association have prepared a gift for all performing arts professionals: the latest edition of The Ultimate Cookbook for Cultural Managers - Connecting the EU Digital strategy with live performance organisations.

This booklet aims to provide a better understanding of the EU Strategy on Digital and its impact on the daily activities of live performance organisations. To that end, it encompasses a wide range of topics, from policy and regulatory issues, each time considered from a different perspective in the value chain.

The goal of this publication is to take a nuanced view of digital transformations and innovations, considering their challenges and limits, but also the many opportunities they can provide in breaching borders, facilitating touring activities, reaching out to audiences, and much more.

This cookbook was created in the context of the synergy partnership between EFA and Pearle* as part of the Revealing the Alliance project supported by Creative Europe, which aims at improving general knowledge of the legal and managerial aspects of cross-border cultural cooperation. It is the second edition of this new cookbook series and follows the release of The EU Green Deal and Live Performance Organisations in March this year, which has become a reference on the topic.

For a comprehensive dive into the topic of digital, the cookbook on Connecting the EU Digital Strategy with live performance organisations can be downloaded for free here.

All booklets and infographics of the previous series (on the topics of Social Security, Artist Taxation, VAT, Copyright Clearing for Live Events and Visas for Third Country National Artists Travelling to the Schengen Area) are available to download in the Pearle* Resource Centre and the EFA Publications.



Note for editors:

Created in 1991, Pearle * - Live Performance Europe is the European Federation of Performing arts, live Music and other Live Performance Organisations. Pearle* represents through its members more than 10,000 managers of theatres, concert venues, theatre production companies, orchestras, operas, ballet and dance companies, festivals, promoters and other professional organisations in the performing arts in Europe. Pearle* is the leading organisation on EU and international regulatory affairs issues affecting daily operations of live performance organisations.

The European Festivals Association (EFA) is a community dedicated to the arts, the artists and the audiences. EFA’s main role in the permanently developing world of digitisation and globalisation is to connect festival makers to inform, inspire and enrich the festival landscape in Europe and beyond. In this perspective, EFA is a festivals’ service, knowledge and training provider; the oldest cultural network of European festivals set up in 1952. EFA bridges the distance between individuals, organisations and all kinds of stakeholders around festival making and creates connections to raise mutual inspiration, influence and confrontation internationally.

Revealing the Alliance – Step 1 2 3 is the Creative Europe Network programme of the European Festivals Association (EFA) that runs from 2022 to 2024. The support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors and doesn’t engage the responsibility of the European Commission for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The Ultimate Cookbook for Cultural Managers: Connecting the EU Digital strategy with live performance organisations
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