Participants

“Young” in the Atelier title refers first of all to the festival managers being “young in the festival business”. The participants represent a broad diversity of cultural and professional backgrounds – from students in arts management to young managers working for large established organisations, to emerging curators running their own innovative international festivals. They all share the desire to implement excellent artistic festivals.

The Atelier: gathering an enormous variety of creative minds

About 35 festival managers coming from all over the world who are interested in the artistic aspects of festival management are selected.

The Atelier upskills and informs you about the state of play of the world today and offers a time out to reflect critically on the role of festivals in today’s world, infused by people of different backgrounds and perspectives who can challenge and provoke our thinking or the way we do things. 

Participants are early career festival managers coming from all over the world and working for art organisations or festivals, and who are interested in the artistic aspects of festival management. The Atelier upskills and informs participants about the state of play of the world today and offers a time out to reflect critically on the role of festivals in today’s world, infused by people of different backgrounds and perspectives who can challenge and provoke our thinking or the way we do things.

Participants will have the chance to compare their experiences with colleagues from various cultural and professional contexts and backgrounds encouraging a global discussion about the social and political responsibility of festivals and festivals makers, as well as analyzing these views within the local context of the Atelier and their own festivals. They also have the opportunity to connect to a broad new personal and professional network and be inspired for new (collaboration) projects. 

 Take the opportunity to join a unique global network of festival-makers that today counts 800+ Alumni from 95+ countries and 200+ festival and cross-sector experts.

Aguibou Bougobali Sanou

Aguibou Bougobali Sanou (known as ‘Bougobali’) is a dancer, choreographer, musician, storyteller, and Director of the In-Out Dance Festival in Burkina Faso. His work is a mix of West African Mandingo traditional dances, Brazilian capoeira, and theater expressions drawn from his work with influential European stage directors. His training in sacred and profane African traditional dance in his native country combines with other forms of expression to create a unique theatrical statement.


Anahareo Doelle

Anahareo Doelle is the co-producer/co-founder of the St. John's International CircusFest, now going into its 5th year. She is a graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal where she specialized in aerial hoops and silks. For the past eighteen years, she has performed in various shows, including places such as Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Japan, and Germany. She performed and lived in Berlin for seven years before she returned to her hometown St.John’s in 2011 with her husband and family. She is passionate about bringing more circus to the East Coast. In 2022 she was awarded the Arts NL Educator of the year award for her work with her aerial school iFLY Aerial Arts in which she is the director. In 2022 she was awarded the Arts NL Educator of the year award for her work with her aerial school iFLY Aerial Arts in which she is the director.


Bart Huiskens

Bart Huiskens (1993) is a theater programmer at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (formerly Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam and Toneelgroep Amsterdam). Raised in Rotterdam and moved to the capital of the Netherlands to study Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies, he got an internship at the Programming Department of Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, where he could stay afterward and develop himself in various positions as a programmer over the years. His work focuses on Dutch and Flemish theater, and he contributes to the development of ITA's international programming.