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30 Jun 2012

Slovenia | 5th Atelier for Young Festival Managers | new deadline

An international Open Call is launched for young festival managers to apply for the 5th Atelier for Young Festival Managers, held in October 2012 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Do you belong to the next generation of artistic festival directors? Do you feel the need to broaden your programming skills, grow your network and get inspired by your peers and experienced forerunners? Are you excited to dig into the cultural and festival life in Ljubljana?

Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to Ljubljana to take part in the fifth Atelier for Young Festival Managers – an intense training programme initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA) – from 14 – 21 October 2012. 45 young festival managers meet for seven days to discuss in small topic-based working groups, attend lectures and debates, learn from case studies and implement practical activities.

The Atelier is especially designed for those who are working or have ambitions to become involved in programming or in programming related departments within a festival. Around the leading motto “Car le vrai rôle d’un festival est d’aider les artistes à oser, à entreprendre des projets” (“The true role of a festival is to help artists to dare, to engage in new projects”), a quote borrowed from Bernard Faivre d’Arcier, former long-standing Artistic Director of the Avignon Festival and President of the Lyon Biennial, participants develop exciting new ideas under the professional guidance of renowned festival managers.

Atelier mentors and presenters Bernard Faivre d’Arcier (France) , Robyn Archer (Creative Director The Centenary of Canberra (2013), Artistic Director The Light In Winter Melbourne, Australia), Hugo De Greef (initiator of festivals and General Manager Bruges European Capital of Culture 2002, Belgium), Nele Hertling (Vice-Chair of the Academy of Arts Berlin, Germany), Jonathan Mills (Festival Director and Chief Executive Edinburgh International Festival, UK) and more pioneering and experienced festival directors (to be announced soon) will share their rich experiences with Atelier participants.

High-level reflection in working groups, lectures and hands-on, interactive exchanges based on papers that participants prepare for the Atelier, informal talks and contacts with artists and with leading cultural institutions and arts houses from Ljubljana and the region create an outstanding opportunity to link insights gained in the working groups with the concrete environment. This in itself forms an important feature of the Atelier.

See website for all application details and to download the application form.

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