Partnerships across the globe

The Festival Academy incorporates extended partnerships with networks, cultural institutes, embassies and festivals, higher geographical outreach and new training formats in festival management addressed at more diverse target groups. It continuously extends its offer to new cities, participants and topics, and aims to develop into a sustainable training platform for people working in different fields of festival management.

European Festivals Association (EFA)

The European Festivals Association (EFA) initiated the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in 2006, and launched The Festival Academy in 2013.

EFA has been uniting distinguished music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary arts festivals from Europe and beyond for more than 60 years. EFA’s members are the core element that make the Association an open, influential, international place for any festival that wants to be part of a bigger festival community. EFA brings festivals together to inspire one another, fosters an exchange of knowledge, helps festivals to speak with one strong voice to shape policy developments, increases networking opportunities, and keeps festivals informed about issues at stake in the festival and cultural world, all under the flag of artistic excellence and internationalisation. Since its foundation, the Association has grown from 15 festivals into a dynamic network representing about 100 music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary festivals, national festival associations and cultural organisations from 40 countries.


For the period 2014-2017 the European Festival Association (EFA) and The Festival Academy have teamed up to develop the education strand of the EFA RISE project, implemented with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. This co-operation continues within the EFA RISE 2 project, 2017 - 2020. 

As a synergy partner in the project, The Festival Academy commits to develop, together with EFA, the conditions to build a sustainable network of expert educators and education structures for the festival sector that are combined in an on-going feedback loop to both continuously gather insight and train the festival sector and establish an academy for cultural managers with new educational formats. The education activities under the EFA RISE project are geared to specific target groups such as young artistic or production managers and build on mentoring, peer-to-peer learning, co-production of publications, etc. Concept developments are shared with the broader community and are specific and topic related e.g. on funding, audience development, community engagement. The activities will launch the development of a database of accessible and easily shareable knowledge including best practices and trends through the expertise and experience of each respective partner and participant.

Project partners

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 Arab Funds for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Arts Council Korea, the British Council, Flemish Community, Goethe-Institut, Institut Français and Pro Helvetia have supported the activities of The Festival Academy.

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

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