The Festival Academy and its initiator, the European Festivals Association (EFA), are delighted to announce news on its training formats in 2014: ten outstanding festival leaders have confirmed their presence in the Atelier for Young Festival Managers organised in Edinburgh, UK from 3 to 10 April in collaboration with the Edinburgh International Festival. Furthermore, two more Ateliers will take place in 2014: from 4 to 11 October in Beirut, Lebanon in collaboration with the Beiteddine Art Festival; and from 20 to 27 October in Poznac, Poland in collaboration with the Malta Festival Poznac.
“After the recent launch of The Festival Academy we are glad to further develop and offer various training formats for young festival managers in 2014. While extending the partnerships and geographical outreach, The Festival Academy aims to share, exchange and construct know-how on festival management across all art disciplines. In this way The Festival Academy offers various training opportunities to a diverse group of young and passionate festival makers worldwide,” explains President of EFA and The Festival Academy Darko Brlek the Academy’s vision for 2014.
The Atelier EDINBURGH 2014 will bring together 50 young festival managers from around 30 countries all over the world. Ten renowned mentors have confirmed their participation. Under the guidance of Atelier Coordinator Hugo De Greef (former EFA Secretary General, General Manager Bruges European Capital of Culture 2002, Founder and former Director Kaaitheater), these festival directors will share their rich experiences with the participants in lectures, one-to-one talks and intensive workshops: Robyn Archer (Creative Director The Centenary of Canberra (2013), Artistic Director The Light In Winter Melbourne, Australia), Mark Ball (Artistic Director London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), UK), Bernard Faivre d’Arcier (former long-standing Director Avignon Festival, President Lyon Biennial, France), Heiner Goebbels (Artistic Director Ruhrtriennale, Germany), Nele Hertling (Vice-Chair Academy of Arts Berlin, Germany), Grace Lang (Programme Director Hong Kong Festival, China), Joseph V. Melillo (Artistic Director Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), USA), Michal Merzcinsky (Artistic Director Malta Festival Poznac, Poland), and Jonathan Mills (Festival Director and Chief Executive Edinburgh International Festival, UK).
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