torsdag 21. mars 2013

Atelier for Young Festival Managers - påmeldingsfrist 31.mars!

EFA opens application process for two Ateliers for Young Festival Managers: BEIRUT 2013 and EDINBURGH 2014

The Atelier - a unique experience

Do you belong to the next generation of artistic festival directors? Do you feel the need to broaden your programming skills, grow your network and get inspired by your peers and experienced forerunners? Are you excited to dig into the cultural and festival life in Ljubljana?

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers is a unique, intense, 7-day training programme initiated by the European Festivals Association.

Motto of the Atelier

The sentence borrowed from Bernard Faivre d’Arcier “The true role of a festival is to help artists to dare, to engage in new pro­jects…” (lecture on the future of festivals in February 2006) is the motto of the Atelier. Particular emphasis is given to the artis­tic aspects of festival management. This touches upon artistic vision, political and social responsi­bility, internationalisation, networking, renewal and sustainability.

A unique programme


  • The Atelier helps emerging directors and focuses on the artistic role of festivals, touching upon all artistic disciplines.
  • The care taken in the selection of 45 young festival managers and ten mentors from all over the world, the hosting cities, venues and the framework is core to providing the group with excellent conditions for personal, in-depth discussions.
  • 7-day intense working space allows young managers to step out of their daily context and enrich it through carefully developed and balanced lectures, workshops, papers, one-to-one conversations and informal talks.
  • distinguished group of mentors develops the programme and guides the participants throughout the week. The effect of the Atelier does not just last for seven days but creates new and enduring networks and a sustainable platform for exchange.
  • While the Atelier is embedded in its host city, an international and global approach allows participants to compare their views with colleagues from different contexts and artistic disciplines.


Festival leaders from all over the world guide the participants through the Atelier under the coordinator of Hugo De Greef (Former EFA Secretary General, General Manager Bruges European Capital of Culture 2002, Founder and former Director Kaaitheater). They are well known for their direction of festivals and artistic programming. Many of them have re-defined the concept of an “excellent festival” by developing completely new festivals or by transforming existing ones. Their experiences – their successes and failures, artistic principles and co-operation projects – are passed on through the Atelier. So far, 28 festival directors from all over the world have taken part in previous Ateliers.


The Atelier is especially designed for those who are working or have ambitions to become in­volved in programming or in programming-related departments within a festival. The Atelier enlarges young festival managers’ personal horizons and their perspective on festivals and programming practices all over the world. It equips them with a new network of international contacts which strengthens the dialogue between these ‘leaders of now and the future’. 172 young festival managers from 52 countries and 28 mentors and presenters from 16 countries have exchanged views and inspired each other so far.

Further information

European Festivals Association
Kleine Gentstraat 46 • 9051 Gent • Belgium
Tel.:+32 9 241 8080 • Fax: +32 9 241 8089 •

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