International Explainer: What is the Fedora Platform?

FEDORA – The European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet is a non-profit association committed to supporting and contributing to the future of opera and dance in Europe. The association was founded in 2013 in Paris, under the presidency of Jérôme-François Zieseniss, in homage to Rolf Liebermann. FEDORA’s main objective is to encourage emerging artists to renew these genres, thus making opera and dance more accessible, while fostering the emergence of new business models. In order to achieve this goal, FEDORA raises funds to stimulate innovation in the sector not only on, but also behind and beyond the stage, fostering its sustainable, inclusive and digital transformation.

Since 2013, the FEDORA Prizes encourage the next generation of talent to bring the unexpected to the stage. The four established prizes (Opera, Dance, Education and Digital) support cutting-edge artistic projects that promote international collaboration, creativity, social integration and intercultural dialogue, as well as digital innovation on and beyond the stage.

“The world’s largest competition for ballet and opera.”

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Cultural Network

FEDORA’s European network of opera houses, festivals, and dance companies comprises over 100 members in 28 countries, of which 31 are Platform Members in 15 countries. Thanks to the financial support of FEDORA & the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, our Platform Members implement activities driving sustainability, inclusivity, and digital transformation while giving visibility to emerging artists.

The Platform Project

Every year, our 31 Platform Members from 15 countries implement in-person and online activities driving sustainability, inclusivity, and digital transformation across Europe while giving visibility to emerging artists.

FEDORA encourages cultural organisations to spread best sustainable, inclusive and digital initiatives, both locally and online, while simultaneously advocating for European values and strengthening the FEDORA Platform’s European Quality Label.

These activities are co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union that is helping to make opera and dance more accessible and innovative.