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EFA, Pearle* release EU visa guide for managers

The European Festival Association (EFA) and Pearle* (Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe) have released a new guide to visas for Europe’s Schengen area, aimed at artist managers and promoters.

The booklet, The Ultimate Cookbook for Cultural Managers: Visas for third-country national artists, was presented at last week’s EFA Arts Festivals Summit, and explains who needs a visa to travel to the 26-country Schengen area; the validity of a Schengen visa; types of visas; and the application procedure.

“Cross-border working, touring and international collaboration are found deep in the DNA of the live performance sector,” reads a statement from Pearle*, which represents more than 7,000 music and performing arts organisations across Europe. “Inside these cookbooks, the reader will find the necessary ingredients and a number of recipes for cooking these ‘cooperation dishes’. Like all cooks, one is free to add spices, flavourings or other ingredients, depending on taste and needs.”

Click here to download the visa ‘cookbook’ from the EFA website.

Pearle* warned last month that plans to increase the cost of short-stay artist visas to the Europe would hurt the “already vulnerable financial situation” of the European live entertainment sector.

Photo: SchengenVisaInfo.com


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