EFA announces Ateliers for Young Festival Managers 2013/2014: express your interest.

Following the intense experience of five Ateliers for Young Festival Managers  in Görlitz (2006), Varna (2009), Singapore (May 2011), Izmir (October 2011) and Ljubljana(October 2012), the European Festivals Association (EFA) is delighted to announce the next three editions in: Beirut, Lebanon, in autumn 2013; Edinburgh, UK, in spring 2014; and Kampala, Uganda, in autumn 2014.

The Atelier for Young Festival Mangers is a high-level 7-day training programme focusing on the artistic aspects of festival management. It brings together two generations of festival makers: 45 young festival managers and 10 renowned festival directors from all over the world. 

To name just a few of the mentors and presenters who will take part in these Ateliers under the coordination of Hugo De Greef (Former EFA Secretary General, General Manager Bruges European Capital of Culture 2002, Founder and former Director Kaaitheater): Robyn Archer (Creative Director The Centenary of Canberra (2013), Artistic Director The Light in Winter – Australia), Bernard Faivre d’Arcier (President Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, former Director Festival d’Avignon – France), Rose Fenton (Director Free Word, Co-Founder LIFT, London – UK), Nele Hertling (Vice-Chair of the Academy of Arts Berlin, former Director Hebbel-Theater, Germany), Ching-Lee Goh (Executive and Artistic Director CultureLink Singapore, Former Director Singapore Arts Festival – Singapore), Gerard Mortier (General Director Teatro Real de Madrid, former Director Salzburger Festpiele, former Director Ruhr Triennale – Belgium), Jonathan Mills (Festival Director and Chief Executive Edinburgh International Festival – UK) and many more.

Each of the three editions will be hosted by an excellent international festival in a unique cultural setting. The hosting city will offer an inspiring and challenging context which will enrich the Atelier content and participants. 

The Atelier BEIRUT 2013 will be hosted by the Beiteddine Art Festival from 5-12 October 2013. The Atelier EDINBURGH 2014 will be held from 3-10 April 2014 and hosted by the Edinburgh International Festival. The Atelier KAMPALA 2014 will take place from 21-28 September 2014, hosted by the Bayimba International Arts Festival

The open call for application for the Ateliers BEIRUT 2013 and EDINBURGH 2014 will be launched in January 2013: deadline of application for Beirut will be 31 March 2013 and deadline of application for Edinburgh will be 31 May 2013. The open call for the Atelier KAMPALA 2014 will be launched in September 2013. 

EFA invites motivated young artistic festival managers to express their interest in this unique training programme and its next promising editions in 2013 and 2014. Write an email to EFA at atelier@efa-aef.eu and you will be among the first ones to receive the application forms.

Young festival managers from all over the world: get ready to apply! Please feel invited to spread this announcement broadly in your network to anybody who might be interested. To find out more about the Atelier and the previous editions, please visit www.atelierforyoungfestivalmanagers.eu.

Announced: Gent, Monday, 17-12-2012