SICK! Festival wins European award

SICK! Festival wins European award

We are delighted to announce that SICK! Festival has won the prestigious EFFE 2015/16 Award for excellence. Presented in Paris on Sunday 27th September, the prize rewards 12 of the most outstanding European festivals of this year from a pool of 760 festivals from 31 countries. Selected by an international panel of experts, the award recognises quality, innovation and risk-taking approaches to festival-making. It comes just two-and-a-half years since the pilot edition of the SICK! Festival and reflects the festivals rapid evolution and burgeoning international reputation.

These are the winners:

  • Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria)
  • Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Aix-en-Provence, France)
  • BIG BANG (Antwerp, Belgium; festival takes place in 11 cities across Europe)
  • Malta Festival Poznań (Poznań, Poland)
  • Midnight Sun Film Festival (Sodankylä, Finland)
  • Manifesta (Amsterdam, Netherlands; location of festival changes with each edition)
  • NEXT (Lille, France/Kortrijk, Belgium (Flanders)/Tournai, Belgium (Wallonia))
  • Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Perforations Festival (Zagreb/Rijeka/Dubrovnik, Croatia)
  • Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Santarcangelo Festival Internazionale del teatro in Piazza (Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy)
  • SICK! (Brighton/Manchester, United Kingdom)

EFFE (Europe for Festivals and Festivals for Europe) is a platform founded earlier this year by the European Festivals Association (1952) intended to pay more attention to the profound importance of festivals for European society. Hundreds of festivals have associated themselves with this platform in the past year, which intends to play a guiding role for festivals in Europe.

More information can be found at

Huge thanks go to Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Brighton & Hove City Council and the Roddick Foundation for their support, to all the fantastic artists who presented work in the festivals, and all those who contributed their expertise and insight to the programme. The festival would not have been possible without such amazing partner organisations in the arts, academia, charities sector and public health. Biggest thanks of all go to our audiences who took a leap of faith to join in a conversation about some of the most challenging questions in life and death, bringing their own sensitivity, courage and sense of humour to the process.

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