Aspiring to become a comprehensive record of all the important international theatre and performing arts festivals worldwide, the “Guide” section will be renewed and expanded with each following Critical Stages issue. 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 prioritised offering their platforms to bring the arts to the audiences. Access and participation in culture and the arts is a Human Right.