The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe is the home of the secretariat of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). EFACIS was founded to promote interest in and support the expansion of Irish Studies throughout Europe. Its focus is the study and debate of all aspects of society, culture and literature of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Irish diaspora within the humanities and social sciences. EFACIS encourages as wide a range of organisations as possible to raise the profile of the subject area, to enhance the participation levels in Irish Studies and to further contacts between those involved in Irish Studies in the region.
EFACIS also organises the Irish Itinerary, an Irish cultural tour of Europe. The Itinerary is a series of coordinated events hosted by many vibrant centres of Irish studies across several European countries. Each centre hosts a variety of events celebrating Irish culture, art and literature throughout Europe. The programme includes an impressive array of Irish writers, artists and performers as well as a selection of Irish films in each of the host countries. Modelled on the ancient practice of travelling from city to city on
the continent used by the Irish monks of old, the Irish Itinerary embraces this idea and takes it forward into the 21st Century.
More information can be found on their website, http://www.efacis.eu