EFA/EFFE – European Festivals: Call for two ateliers reflecting on current themes

Deadline for both: 18 August 2019

Atelier Düsseldorf: 23-29 May 2020
Atelier Kampala: 2-8 August 2020

The Festival Academy is an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA)

Two Ateliers (Atelier Düsseldorf and Atelier Kampala) call to challenge your ideas and practices during a global conversation: Are you craving to reflect on curating, sustainability, digital opportunities, accessibility, audiences and communities, festivals as agents for social change and much more?

During their participation presenters not only act as lecturers and mentors as they engage in one-on-one discussions with the participants. They are present for various days, often for the whole period of the training. They allow participants an honest and open insight into their careers including both success stories and failures. They share their motivation and explain their artistic choices in view of The Festival Academy’s mission. 

Following the most recent Atelier Valletta (March 2019) 74 mentors coming from 33 countries and all continents have taken part.

Are you eager to exchange ideas with a diverse group of creative minds coming from all over the world, to become part of a festival makers’ global community now counting more than 650 festival leaders and to meet up with both emerging and expert festival leaders, cultural activists and artists to critically reflect for 7 days on the role of festivals in today’s world?
Just come and ‘do’ it at one of the Ateliers for Young Festival Managers!​

Atelier Düsseldorf is calling you to challenge your ideas and practices during a global conversation with a variety of creative minds on the role of arts festivals in today’s society. Are you craving to reflect on curating, sustainability, digital opportunities, accessibility, audiences and communities, festivals as agents for social change and much more? Then don't miss the chance to apply for the 17th edition of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers

23-29 May 2020, Düsseldorf, Germany
Co-organised with International Theatre Institute (ITI)and Theater der Welt

Atelier Kampala: The programme is addressed at emerging festival managers or those who have ambitions to get involved in programming in festivals. Participants broaden their programming skills, widen their horizons, and develop new project ideas under the professional guidance of renowned festival managers from all over the world who share their rich experience and guide participants throughout the 7 days. The Atelier focuses on the very essence of festival management – the arts, the artist and the audience.

2-8 August 2020, Kampala, Uganda
Co-organised with Bayimba Foundation and Festival

Course fee
The fee includes accommodation for seven nights, registration, working documents, access to all sessions, meals and drinks, receptions, local transport, cultural and artistic programme, and follow–up activities.
Full course fee:  €2100 
Reduced course fee for EFA member festivals:  €1600

Following selection, Atelier participants will receive a request of payment for the full amount, with a request to pay an advance sum of 300 Euro (non-refundable) within 10 days of receiving the selection letter. The remaining 1800 Euro (for non-EFA members) or 1300 Euro (for individual EFA members) has to be paid as indicated on the request of payment. Please ensure that EFA receives the contribution net. The participant is in charge of bank costs related to international payment. Travel expenses and insurance are the responsibility of the participant. 

The Festival Academy will assist as much as possible with visa issues and other permissions in preparation for the Atelier.

Do you need financial support to participate in the Atelier? Please apply and contact us if you need help. Fundraising guide for participation in The Festival Academy:

General information 
Most, but not all, participants are funded by a festival. It is in the festival’s own interest to delegate a motivated festival operator to attend the Atelier. However, many participants also attend with their own funds or win funding from an organisation, network, public authority, or similar. Many of these funds are regional so it is really worth looking for local programmes or those specific to your discipline/festival speciality. The embassies of participants’ home countries in the country hosting the Atelier is also sometimes able to provide financial support. The Festival Academy is happy to prepare a letter of support for selected candidates to help with funding applications.

One participant has also successfully crowd-funded her participation through the website Indiegogo. Another participant has successfully crowdfunded his participation for the Atelier Johannesburg through the Thundafund platform.

You can have a look at general information and previous examples of participants’ funding and funding institutes here.

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