The Festival Academy is a non-profit organisation that believes festivals are bridging platforms with a direct link to people and civil society structures. We offer various training formats on festival management to young, dynamic and passionate festival makers worldwide, as we believe a critical reflection between arts and cultural managers worldwide can bring about positive change, informed awareness, ideas and proposals for action.

Odile Quintin launching The Festival Academy in 2013

Board and General Assembly

  • General Assembly

Ana Carla Fonseca Reis (President), Economist andPhD in Urbanism and Director of the Garimpo de Soluções in Brazil

Shahidul Alam, photographer, writer and human rights activist, initiator of Chobi Mela International Photography Festival

Jan Briers, President Federation of Music Festivals Flanders (FMiV)

Darko Brlek, General and Artistic Director Ljubljana Festival

Dounia Benslimane, Regional advisor for MENA region and Africa Freemuse

Sophie Detremmerie, World Choir Games

Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General European Festivals Association

Jelle Dierickx, Lunalia Festival, Atelier Alumni Görlitz 2006

Paul Dujardin, CEO Horizon 50-200

Michael Herrmann, Intendant Rheingau Musik Festival

Anna Lewanowicz, Narodowy Stary Teatr Krakow, Atelier Alumni Singapore 2011

Moky Makura, Executive Director #AfricaNoFilter

Orwa Nyrabia, Director International Documentary festival Amsterdam

Odile Quintin, Former Director-General European Commission

Anupama Sekhar, cultural manager specialising in transnational cultural relations; Board Member, ArtsEquator and Res Artis - Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies.

Monique Veaute, President RomaEuropa Festival

Aukje Verhoog (Secretary), Artistic Director Amsterdam Fringe Festival – The Netherlands and Atelier alumni Gwangju 2016

Thobile Maphanga,  Dance practitioner, writer, creative collaborator, and emerging festival curator, curatorial mentee for JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience 

Jacob Boehme, Multi-disciplinary theatre maker, choreographer and artistic director, founding creative director of Yirramboi Festival, Director First Nations Programs Carriageworks 

  • Board

Orwa Nyrabia, President

Kathrin Deventer

Shahidul Alam

Jan Briers

Moky Makura

Thobile Maphanga

Jacob Boehme

Ana Carla Fonseca Reis