KDF honoured with EFFE Label

EFFE 2015-2016

EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe,  initiated by the European Festivals Association, is the Guide for citizens and the Platform for professionals to discover and get involved in Europe’s festivals.  It is a new international festival platform connecting festivals that are deeply committed to the arts, their communities and Europe. The platform invites the audiences worldwide to encounter, participate and access up-to-date festival information. 

Europe’s finest festivals honoured with EFFE Label 2015-2016

EFFE is proud to announce the results of the EFFE Label 2015-2016 honouring Europe’s finest festivals. Following a process of intense evaluation by national experts and an international jury, 761 festivals from 31 countries have been selected to be part of the first generation of EFFE Label recipients. The online Guide to Europe’s festivals 2015-2016 will be available in early Summer. 


Karlovac Dance Festival (KDF) is an international festival of contemporary dance and performance art. KDF aims to present and program young artists’ works as well as emerging and established artists and companies from Croatia and abroad.KDF strives to move its spectators with inspiring contemporary choreographies; To promote and nurture contemporary dance as to support dance artists.  Since its foundation (2011) it is a special time and place to represent, present and nurture the programming of International and national Performances, Production platform and Partnerships,   Research labs, Commissions, Collaborations and Dialogues. In addition to show the dance works and performances the Dance Films and Literature on Dance are being programmed as well.


Creating and maintaining an international dance gathering
Gathering of contemporary dance artists that work in the area of Karlovac County and the city of Karlovac
Dance performances

KDF Project is an initiative for development of the Karlovac CONTEMPORARY dance scene. Promotion, affirmation, and development of young and talented local dancers is the goal of the project. Also, attentions is paid to local, regional and international cooperation through networking, artist-exchanges and production of different programmes and projects.

 FESTIVAL LOCATIONS: Most of the programmes and events of the festival are taking place in locations in the open throughout Karlovac when the weather and technical conditions allow this scenario: on the streets, town squares, parks, rivers and culture locations. The rest of the programme is held in cultural establishments and theatres.

FUTURE AND VISION OF THE PROJECT: Why Karlovac? - Karlovac is very successful in gathering youth and citizens in associations .  The situation of Karlovac is a geographically ideal location for a meeting of dancers and a gathering of Croatian and international guest artists.

Characteristics and criteria:

Professionalism, experience, expertise of programmed performers
High general level of quality and professionalism
The importance of the programme for the revival of the cultural and art scene in Karlovac and Croatia
Following contemporary trends and innovations in dance-art
Innovativeness, creativity, and originality of concepts and programmes which raise the quality of cultural on offer
Multidisciplinary programmes 
Expertise in performing, implementing, and working within certain categories
Planned promotion of the programme with the goal to popularise the content of the programme
A cultural and educational dimension to the programme
Appreciation of (and contribution to) Karlovac’s local identity
Short-term, mid-term and long-term importance of the project
Feasibility and integrity of the project ; Achievable social, cultural, educational and creative values

The Karlovac Dance Festival project aims to support and enrich social, cultural and educational values. Special attention is paid to knowledge and identity of Karlovac, and also the Croatian dance scene.  The goal of this project is to create and maintain an internationally collaborative dance project, and to follow trends in contemporary dance (for viewers and the public as much as for the participants of the festival).

Characteristics of this culture event are:

Non-formal education of children, youth and adults in the field of contemporary dance-art, non-formal education of the audience, and availability of information and education
International cultural exchange and cooperation, and making contacts for all dance artists in Karlovac
Education of participants of the seminars and workshops and a wider audience, and creating new choreographic works based on workshops and festival production
Writing about dance

Thereby, the project and the festival are in accordance with the following strategies:  Dance-art development  (Strategy of the organisation Free Dance  who produces KDF),  Cultural tourism (City and county of Karlovac),  Culture Strategy  of the city of Karlovac ( 2014-2024.), Healthy and fair living, and the right to education & European strategy for culture.

Initiating and organizing the festival is an effort that will support the development of the dance scene in Karlovac County and Croatia.

Mission & Aims:

Increasing the siye of the contemporary dance audience.
Dance education that should help build end educate the audience as well as a personal and cultural identity for the city of Karlovac, and with that also its promotion and affirmation in Croatia and abroad.
Availability of information and materials concerning contemporary dance thru exhibitions, and projections which would enable availability of those materials (CDs, DVDs, books, posters, videos, films).
Starting an initiative for communication and connection. Openness and access to information for the public.

The current residency project, which was initiated in 2013., is the HIDDEN RIVER with several international partners and 5 choreographic  ideas who all together form HIDDEN RIVER: ‘’TURBINE - HIDDEN RIVER'',  ''CURRENT BOAT'',  ''TESLA ON THE BEACH'',  ''WOODEN BRIDGE'' & '' ''ISLANDS''.  Hidden river is a dance-music project that will develop over several seasons as KDF commissioning project. This joint project gathers several artists, from different parts of the world, who will search for inspiration in the City of Karlovac and Karlovac rivers. Hidden River thus will scratch beneath the surface and challenge the festival spectators to look for new senses and values of beautiful landscape. Exploring the potentials of the city of Karlovac improvement en route for the place that can magnificently simultaneously preserve its own cultural, historical and natural heritage, and to progress economically, technologically and industrially.

KDF is distinctive and unique opportunity for the audience in  the city of Karlovac to get involve and meet the contemporary dance art. Therefore it is the only way to meet the international arts, artists, trends and innovations.  From its start it opened a space for a dialog with spectators. Artists open Talks with the audience as well as various forums and programmes are held, who encourages the dialog and exchange practices.


1. Basic goals of the festival KDF:

Multicultural production and artistic cooperation that will emphasize active participation and cooperation between various artists and art organizations
Producing a transnational multicultural dance project
The idea and leitmotiv of the festival is an international and national exchange of experience

2. Presentation of dance shows by foreign and Croatian creators, and educational and creative contents regarding dance art.

One of the goals is to ensure that Karlovac becomes an open residential centre for dance culture in the long term. This would contribute to its promotion in this segment of contemporary artistic creation.   Since its foundation the KARLOVAC DANCE FESTIVAL has collaborated with international artists who helped and underpinned the First edition of KDF001. Within this edition KDF supported and co-produced inside residency project new choreographic works.

As the Festival grove and each Festival year brought some new, experimental and residential aspect; all this helped to maintain new artistic creations, collaborations, and productions. This objective of the project  is to organize an international dance project within dance residences of artists that would be held in Karlovac in various locations. The final dance performances would be performed in the future in the partner countries.

The festival therefore enriches the values of the city of Karlovac and its natural, historical sites by organising the program in a variety of venues and spaces around city.Specific locations: The old star-shaped town of Karlovac and its streets, parks, the river of Korana, Dubovac Castle amongst others.

But also,  this idea from the beginning opens space for a dialog and collaborations between artists and the audience.

With contacts made abroad and interested partner organizations the festival project KDF has the opportunity to reach European dance standards with its quality and offer. In a way it is the artistic activist appeal to local government to support the opening of a dance venue and to start the maintenance of the basic cultural infrastructure for the contemporary arts in Karlovac. Contemporary dance art in Karlovac doesn’t have its performing venue or all other artistic conditions to nurture and foster dance. With its programme and international partners there is a good chance to spread the necessity and show to the local governments and supporters to rethink of new ways of supporting arts.