Austrian Network of Festival Friends

Association „Netzwerk österreichischer Festivalfreunde“
This measure was reported by civil society.
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
In spring 2017 representatives of 17 Austrian festivals came together for a networking meeting. In the following months, networking activities, reciprocal visits and knowledge exchange took place. In February 2018, the association “Netzwerk österreichischer Festivalfreunde (NÖFF) was founded. One bridging element between the involved festivals of the network is the intention to implement formats outside a mainstream and commercial orientation. Objectives: • Platform and forum for (young) talents for concerts, presentations and performances • Networking opportunities beyond sectors and scenes • Many of the involved initiatives are decidedly active in regions with little pop cultural opportunties. Against the background of rural depopulation, this initiative constitutes an important contribution to sustainable cultural development in rural areas. • Cooperation of non-profit and independent music and culture festivals
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
• strengthening the collaboration between individual festivals • exchange of experiences and thus improvement of organisational skills and competences • increased visibility of Austrian festivals in rural areas, e.g. through the implementation of common advertising measures