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Thursday, June 15, 2017


Deadline: June 30, 2017

The Festival Academy (initiative of the European Festivals Association – EFA), calls for applications for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Johannesburg, South Africa to take place in Johannesburg from March 23 to 29, 2018.

The Festival Academy, in partnership with the Market Theatre Foundation and the University of Witwatersrand’s School of Arts, will present the Atelier. 45 participants will be selected for the 7-day training programme during which they will discuss artistic festival management with ten renowned festival directors. Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply until 30 June 2017.

Don’t miss the opportunity and apply if you are
-an early career festival manager
-want to broaden your programming skills
-want be inspired by experienced leaders·
-want to join a new network of future festival leaders

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers is an intense 7-day training programme addressed at emerging artistic festival directors or those who have ambitions to get involved in programming or in related departments within a festival. It is about sharing experiences and passing on knowledge to the next generation of festival makers: knowledge about programming a festival, while focusing on the very essence of art festivals – the arts and the artist.

45 young festival managers from all over the world will be selected to participate in the Atelier. Around 10 distinguished festival directors will attend, each for at least two full days, and work together with participants throughout the 7 days. For more information visit

Participants will have the chance to compare their views with colleagues from various cultural and professional contexts and backgrounds and analyse them in view of the local context of Johannesburg and South Africa. What about the relationship between traditional and contemporary art? To what extend does this reflect in festival management concepts? To what extent do political, social and technological developments have an influence on artistic programming? How to reach (out to) the community where the festival takes place? How to develop a sustainable context for festivals, artists and audience? What are the festivals’ responsibilities towards environmental issues? What are the similarities and differences to other contexts?

“I find this to be a space to leave aside the differences and identify all that we share. As many of us echoed, a focus on what is similar within our contexts, within our processes of work, how we feel and our belief, gives us the valuable opportunity to open our minds, leave behind stereotypes and biases we have collected unconsciously over the years, to read and listen to each other and find ourselves in a position to transform through generosity.” Virkein Dhar, participant of the Atelier Chiang Mai 2016

Participants of the 12th edition will become part of this unique global network of young festival makers that counts 450 alumni from 67 countries to date, after 11 Ateliers for Young Festival Managers since 2006 in Görlitz, Varna, Singapore, Izmir, Ljubljana, Edinburgh, Poznan, Beirut, Gwangju, Budapest and Chiang Mai and two editions of the Festival Production Management Training (2016 and 2017).

For selection criteria, selection/application procedure, course fee etc. check the Atelier for Young Festival Managers Johannesburg 2018 website at