Application, selection & fees

Application & Selection Procedure

The Festival Academy's call for applications for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers Atelier Düsseldorf/Theater der Welt is now closed. Participants for the 7-day hybrid format training programme are already selected and notified. 

Please do not hesitate to contact The Festival Academy for further information on the application & selection procedure. 

Application criteria

Good to know: 

  • There is no age limit, but it may be interesting to know that the average age of Atelier participants (from experience of past editions) is 35
  • excellent knowledge of English (working language of the Atelier)

Applicants must:

  • be supported by a festival, a cultural venue or another initiative in the cultural sector; or
  • be supported by a training/academic institute (study module); or
  • proof future employment in the field; or
  • demonstrate strong personal arguments and motives.

Participants must:

  • deal with one or more artistic disciplines within a festival or
  • have a basic practical knowledge in festival operation
  • demonstrate the ambition to deepen their skills in the field of programming or in a department closely related to it;
  • prove that a study course (already completed or due to be completed) is in line with the Atelier; or
  • give evidence of his/her ambition to work in the festival business or cultural field.

Course fee

Note that the fee for the offline format of the Atelier includes accommodation for seven nights, registration, working documents, access to all sessions, meals and drinks, receptions, local transport, cultural and artistic programme, and follow–up activities.

  • In-person course fee: €2100 (reduced course fee for EFA members: €1600)
  • Online course fee: €840 (reduced course fee for EFA members: €780)

Following selection, Atelier participants will receive a request of payment for the full amount, with a request to pay an advance sum of 300 Euro (non-refundable) within 10 days of receiving the selection letter. For in-person participation, the remaining 1800 Euro (or 1300 Euro for EFA members) have to be paid as indicated on the request of payment. In the case of online participation, the remaining 540 Euro (or 480 Euro for EFA member festivals) have to be paid in the due time indicated on the request of payment. 

Please pay attention that The Festival Academy receives the contribution net, the participant is in charge of the bank costs related to international payment.

The Festival Academy will assist as much as possible with visa issues and other permissions in preparation for the Atelier.

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities for a training programme such as the Atelier are numerous at local/national level. 

The Festival Academy advises applicants to start researching funding opportunities at national and international level from the moment they apply. You can have a look at general information and previous examples of participants’ funding and funding institutes here.

IETM has published a guide as well on their website to funding opportunities for arts and culture. 

The Partnerships

The Festival Academy has formed long-term partnerships with the following organisation to support prospective participants:

  • Belgian festival managers who work for an organisation that belongs to PC304 can use the sectoral training grant from ‘Sociaal Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten’ to fund part of their participation in the Atelier. For more information visit or contact Christa Criel at
  • Two Festival Managers working in the Arab Region can receive support in the framework of the partnership between The Arab Fund for Arts & Culture (AFAC) and The Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association) to give more festival managers from the Arab region the chance to participate in the Ateliers for Young Festival Managers. Please find here the list of countries that are eligible to apply. You need to be a citizen of one of the listed countries or regions but you need not necessarily reside or be employed there to be eligible. The applications will be evaluated by an expert from both AFAC and The Festival Academy.  
  • Dutch Performing Arts aims to intensify the contact between Dutch makers and international presenters by supporting Dutch theatre, music, and dance abroad. Applications from Dutch festival managers will be automatically considered for support from the organisation, and will be evaluated by an expert from both the Dutch Performing Arts and The Festival Academy.
  • Selected South-Korean participants can be considered for support by the Korean Arts Council. For more information about the Council, please click here.