Under the coordination of Hugo De Greef, leading and experienced festival operators, professionals and artists from all over the world guided the participants through the seven days. Mentors and presenters, pioneering festival managers, gave lectures, lead workshops and took part in round tables and debates. All of them spent several days with the participants, allowing face-to-face contact and discussions.

Photo credit to Haggay Baysel


The following festival directors participated in the Atelier Izmir 2011:

  • Ching Lee Goh, Executive and Artistic Director CultureLink, former Director  Singapore Arts Festival 
  • Hugo De Greef, former EFA Secretary General (2004-2008), General Manager Brugge European Capital of Culture 2002, Founder and former Director Kaaitheater, Brussels
  • Nele Hertling, Member of the Strategy Group “A Soul for Europe”, former Director Hebbel-Theatre, General Manager European Capital of Culture Berlin 1988
  • Rose Fenton, Director Free World in London 
  • Robyn Archer, Creative Director of The Centenary of Canberra (2013), Artistic Director of The Light in Winter
  • Jonathan Mills, Director and Chief Executive of the Edinburgh International Festival 
  • Michał Merczyński, Director National Audiovisual Institute in Warsaw
  • Fruzsina Szép, Program Director Sziget Festival in Budapest, founding Director Hungarian Music Export Office