Partnerships across the globe

The Festival Academy incorporates extended partnerships with foundations, networks, cultural institutes, embassies and festivals worldwide. Its activities take place worldwide and have a wide geographical outreach focusing on developing existing and new training formats in festival management addressed at ever more diverse target groups. It continuously extends its offer to new cities, participants and addresses new topics. It offers a sustainable training platform for people working in different fields of festival management.


European Festivals Association (EFA)

The Festival Academy is an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA) which unites distinguished music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary arts festivals from Europe and beyond since 1952. It connects about 100 festivals and festival associations in 40 countries. EFA’s activities are implemented with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. 

The Festival Academy’s main funding partners

Act for Global Change

The project entitled ‘Act for Global Change: A Global Conversation from the Arts to the World’ (ACT) has the ambitious goal to build bridges between different fields of actions, being the artistic, social, political and business world. ACT is implemented with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Open Society Foundations

Thanks to the support of the Open Society Foundations, The Festival Academy will be able to further extend its activities geographically as well as its global community of festival makers. More people worldwide will have the chance to participate in its programmes and will become part of its growing community. 

Drosos Foundation

Drosos Foundation is committed to enabling disadvantaged children, young people and young adults to take control of their lives and make a positive contribution within their community. The Foundation promotes skills and creates living conditions which enable these people to fulfil their responsibilities. 

The Festival Academy’s partners supporting participants

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC was founded in 2007 through the initiative of Arab cultural activists as an independent foundation to support individual artists, writers, researchers, intellectuals, as well as organizations from the Arab region working in the field of arts and culture. Since its launch, AFAC’s programs have steadily expanded to cover cinema, photography, visual and performing arts, creative and critical writings, music, documentary film, in addition to funding research, trainings and cultural events. Based in Beirut, AFAC works with artists and organizations all over the Arab region and the rest of the world.

Arts Council South Korea (ARKO)

ARKO is a national organization for the arts of Korea. To make the arts more central to life, we support arts organizations and artists in Korea and overseas through various services, programs and initiatives as well as grant-based support.

International Cities of Refuge Network

The International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) is an independent organisation of cities and regions offering shelter to writers and artists at risk, advancing freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting international solidarity.

The Performing Arts Social Fund Flemish Community

The Performing Arts Social Fund (Sociaal Fonds Podiumkunsten) is the skills and development organisation of the professional performing arts and music sector in the Flemish Community, joint committee 304. It is run by employers’ and workers’ organisations.

Project partners

Project partners

Festivals worldwide co-organise our trainining programmes and activities as amongst others distinguished international festivals as Edinburgh International Festival, Asia-Europe Foundation, Ljubljana Festival, Beiteddine Art Festival, Sibiu Performing Arts Market, Asia Culture Center Gwangju, Malta Festival Poznan, Shanghai International Arts Festival, deSingel International Art Campus, Market Theatre Johannesburg, Theater der Welt, Santiago A Mil Festival. 

Numerous sponsors and partners including, amongst others  British Council, Doen Foundation, Flemish Community, Goethe-Institut, Institut Français and Pro Helvetia, Tandem (Culture without borders), EU-Japan Fest Committee and Wijhat (Destinations) have supported our activities. 

Each training is realised in cooperation with a specific set of partners. Detailed information can be found in the respective section of each programme.

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