In the beginning of May in a formal ceremony in Wiesbaden, Germany, an international jury headed by Sir Jonathan Mills, the former long-time Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, announced 715 festivals from 39 countries that have been awarded the EFFE Label 2017‒2018, the sign of quality bestowed on the most outstanding of European festivals. The Cello Cēsis International Cello Festival produced by the Cēsis Concert Hall is among them as the only Latvian festival that has been granted the honour.

EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) is a label launched by the European Festivals Association, conferred on the most prominent European festivals based on criteria like high artistic qualities, public involvement, the international and global potential of the festival. Responding to an open call, hundreds of festivals applied for the EFFE Label 2017-2018; the best among them were selected by a 95-strong panel of national experts and the EFFE International Jury.

‘We feel deeply gratified and proud that our Cello Cēsis Festival has been appreciated on a European level and has been granted the EFFE quality label. By producing a unique festival programme and inviting internationally recognised cello stars and discovering young talents, we strive to help the Cēsis Concert Hall and the city of Cēsis attract the attention of not only Latvian but also European music lovers. This sign of recognition allows us to join the circle of such famous recipients of the EFFE Label, steeped in tradition, as the Lucerne Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival. We are now equal partners with these and other influential European festivals ‒ a fact that opens up new and much greater opportunities both in producing the Cello Cēsis programmes and attracting artists. It is unequivocally a huge benefit both to us as the festival organizers and to our listeners,’ says Inese Zagorska, Programme Director for the Cēsis Concert Hall and Artistic Director of the Cello Cēsis Festival.

EFFE is a platform founded by the European Commission and the European Parliament to raise the visibility of festivals in Europe, as well as promote mutual exchange of experience by festival organizers.

This year’s edition of the Cello Cēsis Festival is taking place from 15 September through 17 September 2017, traditionally opening the new season of the Cēsis Concert Hall. The festival programme will be announced in late May. Follow the news on

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