European Festivals in late April or early May of each year are not an ordinary competition. There are no first, second or third places. Although the teams present their Long-term solutions and solve a Spontaneous problem, meeting each other and the joint activities are more important. About 600 to 700 participants from more than 10 countries in Europe and other continents participate, among them Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the United States.
A special attraction is the “Mixed Problem”. For this, teams from different countries are combined, and team members must overcome language barriers and solve an Odyssey of the Mind problem within a few days. At the end, there is (similar to Long-term problems), a presentation on a stage.