Hugo De Greef: “The Atelier is about exchanging experiences”
10 May 2016
In the run-up to the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Budapest taking place from 2 – 8 June, all presenters who will participate to exchange with 45 young artistic festival directors from all over the world will be introduced. A high-level group of renowned festival directors will guide the participants throughout the seven days of the Atelier BUDAPEST 2016. The first mentor in the row is Hugo De Greef, General Coordinator of the Atelier, Co-founder and Board member of The Festival Academy and former EFA Secretary General.
The Atelier for
Young Festival Managers was launched by the European Festivals Association
(EFA) in 2006, when Hugo De Greef was the Association’s Secretary General
(2004-2008). Today, he is the General Coordinator and co-founder
of The Festival Academy - the organisation set-up by EFA to run trainings for
dynamic festival makers - amongst other
functions in the cultural sector, both in Belgium and internationally.
Hugo De Greef continuously engages for better conditions of art and artists
around the world. To mention just a few highlights in what has been a
distinguished career in the cultural sector: Hugo De Greef co-founded the Informal European Theatre Meeting (IETM), the Flemish Theatre monthly ETCETERA, the
international publication THEATERSCHRIFT, the Philosophy Festival,
the European House for Culture in Brussels, and in 2013 the School of Gaasbeek, a new workplace and
residency for artists near Brussels. Hugo De Greef was the founder and General Manager of the Kaaitheater
in Brussels for 20 years. He was the General Manager of the European
Capital of Culture in Brugge 2002 and Artistic Director for Brussels
2000. From 2007 to 2010 he was the General Manager of
the Flagey Arts Centre in Brussels, and in 1998/1999 he was the Artistic
Advisor of the Flanders Festival.
activities include, amongst others: co-productions with Flemish/Belgian,
European and American artists, organisation of the Flemish Arts
presentation during the Expo in Lisbon in 1998, member of the advisory
board for the Theaterformen festival for the Expo in Hannover in 2000,
initiator for the New Europe festival in New York in October 1999, and
Hugo De Greef was the
international policy advisor of the Flemish Minister of Culture Joke
Schauvliege. He is a Board member of “A Soul for Europe” and the European
House for Culture, President of PARTS,
a dance school in Brussels founded by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and President
of Passa Porta, the house of literature in Brussels. Currently, he is
the co-director of EFFE – Europe for Festivals,
Festivals for Europe.
“It is clear that Hugo has an impressive cultural
background as the former EFA Secretary General and initiator of multiple
festivals and has a large experience on exchange with the public and the youth.
He is the key to maintain the flow of the discussion between the different
participants and speakers.”
Rizk, Participant Atelier POZNAN 2014
Renowned mentors from all over
the world will guide the participants throughout the seven days of the Atelier BUDAPEST
2016 under the coordination of Hugo De
Greef (General Coordinator The Festival Academy, former EFA Secretary
General, Director European Capital of Culture Bruges 2002, Co-Founder
Kaaitheater Brussels - Belgium):.
- Rania Elias, Director of the Yabous Cultural Centre and Jerusalem
- Bernard Faivre d’Arcier, President Lyon Biennial, former
long-standing Director Avignon Festival, France
- Rose Fenton, Director Free Word, former Director LIFT London,
- Agnes Havas, Director Armel Opera Festival, Hungary
- Nele Hertling, Member of the strategy group ‘A Soul for
Europe’, former vice-president Academy of Arts in Berlin, former Director
Hebbel-Theatre Berlin, Germany.
- Michal Merczyński, Director of the Malta Festival Poznan and
founder and director of Nostalgia Festival Poznan, Poland.
- Jonathan Mills, Director of the Edinburgh International Culture
Summit, former Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, UK.
More information about the Atelier BUDAPEST 2016 can be found on the here.