Sharing, exchanging and constructing know-how on arts festival management

The Festival Academy offers a platform to meet and make connections with a diversity of creative minds creating a growing young community of festival makers worldwide. The training programmes provide a space and time to think collectively and to reflect on the role of festivals in a society in transition and the ways how to deal with this.” Inge Ceustermans, Managing Director The Festival Academy

The Festival Academy at a glance

Features in a nutshell

  • The Festival Academy offers life-long learning opportunities in festival management to emerging directors and passionate festival makers of all artistic disciplines, with a focus on the artistic role of festivals.
  • All training programmes start from the conviction that festivals are platforms with a major significance for the arts, the artist and their place in society. The circumstances in which a festival takes place are key to all discussions.
  • All training formats create opportunities by connecting local and international professionals, foster the development of new and long-term collaborations, and encourage an exchange of know-how.
  • All programmes are designed in close exchange with the local partner, thanks to which participants get to know the local cultural sector, the visibility of the city increases and local artists are supported.

Facts and figures

  • 14 Ateliers for Young Festival Managers since 2006 in Africa, Asia, Europe and the MENA region.
  • 1 Atelier for Young Festival & Cultural Managers, Shanghai, China (2017)
  • 9 Festival Readings since 2013 in Sibiu, Romania (2013, 2014, 2015); Yerevan, Armenia (2015); Bari, Italy (2017), Sochi, Russia (2016, 2017, 2018) and Mechelen (2018). 
  • 3 editions of the Festival Production Management Training with Modules in Antwerp, Belgium (2016,  2017, 2018) and Istanbul, Turkey (2016). 
  • A growing network of 585 Alumni from 80 countries and all continents.
  • 60+ renowned festival directors from all over the world attended as a mentor.
  • Distinguished international festivals and institutions hosted training programmes including, amongst others, Edinburgh International Festival, Asia-Europe Foundation, Ljubljana Festival, Beiteddine Art Festival, Sibiu Performing Arts Market, Asia Culture Center, Malta Festival Poznan and deSingel International Art Campus.
  • Numerous sponsors and partners including, amongst others, the European Commission, British Council, Goethe-Institut, Institut Français, Pro Helvetia, Arts Council Korea, the Arab Funds for Arts and Culture and Flemish Community have supported the activities of The Festival Academy.
  • Numerous local artists and cultural venues have benefited.
  • 3 inspiring publications: 2 editions of the “Cahier de l’Atelier” (2008 and 2016) and “Inside/Insight Festivals” (2012), including texts by renowned festival directors on what’s at stake in the festival field, have been distributed worldwide.