Call to festivals: host a young production manager as part of new training

2 December 2015

The Festival Production Management Training is a new format of The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA). It focuses especially on production management in terms of realising and implementing the vision of the artistic director. The training looks at the practical side of this process, with special attention given to working with artists. The pilot edition will kick off 20-23 January 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium in collaboration with deSingel International Arts Campus. 25 young festival production managers have been selected to participate in the pilot edition. The Festival Academy is now looking for festivals to host one of them for a 1-week placement.

During the training, participants will meet and exchange with experienced production managers and artists, including set designers, light designers, conductors, choir leaders etc. The training is set up as a long-term programme which explores all phases of producing an artistic work: a programme with 3 modules spread over a period of one or more year(s). 

A comprehensive professional training in three modules:

  • Module I: a 3-day workshop with practical study visits and focus on the exchange of experiences 
  • Module II: a 1-week practical, hands-on placement at a festival
  • Module III: a 2-day concluding session

Module II of the Festival Production Management Training is a 1-week practical, hands-on placement at a festival: Working directly with a festival’s production manager, participants will be able to apply and improve their skills in the context of a festival. The festival covers accommodation, local transport, food or per diems and insurance.  

The Festival Academy works with a network of high-level festivals of all genres from across the globe. Festivals interested in hosting a 1-week placement are invited to contact us at

For all details on the Festival Production Management Training, please click here