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Atelier for Young Festival Managers, Valletta, 23 - 29 March 2019

24 May 2018

Apply now for the Atelier Valletta, 23 - 29 March 

The Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association - EFA), calls for applications for the 15th edition of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, to take place from 23 to 29 March 2019 in Valletta, Malta, organised in partnership with Festivals Malta.

Up to 35 selected participants from across the globe will have the chance to broaden their programming skills, widen their horizons and develop new project ideas under the professional guidance of renowned festival managers from all over the world who share their rich experience and guide participants throughout the 7 days. 
Emerging festival managers or those who have ambitions to get involved in programming in festivals are invited to apply for this unique 7 day programme by 16 July 2018.


Explore festival issues in various formats

The Atelier starts from the very essence of festival management – the arts, the artist and the audience - and focuses on the topics and issues raised by the participants which are further developed and elaborated during the Atelier. These topics will be examined in panel discussions, but also in small working groups, thematic lunches and cross-discipline round tables. There is also space for more informal one-to-one talks during meals and cultural visits. The sharing of experiences on an equal footing and networking are key. The Atelier aims for diversity on all levels, in its participants (geographically, art disciplines, etc.), its mentors and its programme. Participants will have the chance to compare their views with colleagues from various cultural and professional backgrounds and analyse them in view of the local context of Valletta and Malta. 

For the next generation of festival managers the Atelier represents an extraordinary occasion to imagine innovative, pioneering, and creative projects and festival formulae and to expand their network. 

Have a look at the Aftermovie of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers Budapest 2016 to find out what the Atelier is all about.


Alumni network

All participants become part of the Alumni Network, which allows young festival managers to connect with participants and presenters from other training programmes and supports them in their personal and professional development. After 13 Ateliers for Young Festival Managers, 1 Atelier for festival and cultural managers in Shanghai, China, and 3 editions of the Festival Production Management Training programme, the network counts today 500+ alumni coming from 70+ countries and all continents.


Programme Details

Date & place: 23 - 29 March 2019, Valletta, Malta

Apply by 16 July 2018 by submitting your application form.

For selection criteria, selection/application procedure, course fee etc. check The Festival Academy website

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