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Eleusis 2023, open call for Young Festival Managers

Eleusis Eleusis Photo by Pinelopigerasimou

The 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture in collaboration with The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association – EFA, invite the people to participate in the 21st edition of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, which will take place from 21 to 27 June of 2023 in Elefsina.

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers Elefsina will offer the opportunity to up to 35 young festival managers from all over the word to spend 7 days together with a group of young and experienced festival leaders, cultural activists, cross-sector experts and artists in Elefsina, to have a global conversation about today’s challenges and the role that festivals, art and culture can play. The Atelier is about gaining new perspectives, exploring the essence of why and how of festivals in a global context, share and exchange experiences and reflect on the topics that concern the participants.

The Atelier starts from the very essence of festivals – the arts, the artist and the audience – and all issues tackled during the training and in one way or another relate to this essence, why we are doing what we are doing, for whom and with whom. It also addresses the way we do things which relates more to the production side of a festival or art event.

Throughout the Atelier, participants are guided by renowned festival managers who share their rich experience and answer participants’ questions along the way, acting not only as lecturers but also as true mentors and allowing participants an honest and open insight into their careers, including both success stories and failures.

Who can participate?
This seven-day long capacity building programme is addressed to emerging production managers and festival managers from all over the world, regardless of age, gender and nationality, who are interested in exchanging knowledge and experiences between professionals active in the field of festivals and who wish to improve their management skills, learn from renowned experts and exchange ideas and best practices with other participants.

It is addressed at participants who are interested in the organization and in the new ways of cooperation and sustainable production. In addition, it is aimed at participants who are interested in becoming part of a network that focuses on knowledge sharing and networking. At the end of the programme, participants will leave with expanded skillsin festival organisation, curation and production, with a wide new personal and professional network and with inspiration for new ways of developing and producing projects.

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers is a tailor-made capacity building programme focused on the needs of the specific group taking part in the programme, based on the analysis of the expectations of the selected participants. The topics and issues raised by the selected participants are further developed during the Atelier: in panel discussions guided by renowned festival leaders and cross-sector experts from across the globe, in small working groups, thematic lunches, cross-discipline round tables and plenary sessions. There is plenty of time and space for official and informal one-to-one talks during the programme and during meals and cultural visits, as the sharing of experiences and networking are key to the Atelier.

Deadline for applications: 16 September 2022.

Other information here.


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Last modified on Friday, 19 August 2022 18:16

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