Presenters at the Atelier are renowned festival directors and managers, experienced festival operators, professionals and artists. During their participation they not only act as lecturers, but also as true mentors as they engage in one-on-one discussions with the participants. They are present for multiple days, some for the whole period of the training. They allow participants an honest and open insight into their careers, including both success stories and failures.

Pool of Experts

We are delighted to announce the four mentors who will be present throughout the 7 days of the training to exchange expertise, experiences and challenges with the participants of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Valletta. 

Under the facilitation of Mike Van Graan (South Africa), Robyn Archer (Australia), Luiz Coradazzi (Brazil), Faisal Kiwewa (Uganda) and Brett Pyper (South Africa) will guide the participants during the training and engage in the global conversation together with a set of guest speakers who will be announced in the following weeks.

Find out more about them and who they are below! 

Presenters at the Atelier Johannesburg 2018


The Festival Academy is pleased to have Mike van Graan - Founding President of the African Cultural Policy Network (South Africa) facilitating the Atelier Valletta, find out more about him here. 


Robyn Archer - Strategic Advisor to Gold Coast Arts and Culture in Queensland, Consultant to Launceston Arts and Culture (Tasmania), Member of the European House of Culture and Australian Book Review’s Laureate (Australia), will be one of the mentors present during the 7 days training, find out more about her here. 

Luiz Coradazzi's- Founder of Pangea Cultura (Brazil), found out more about him here.

Faisal Kiwewa - Founder Bayimba Cultural Foundation / Artistic Director Bayimba International Festival of Arts  (Uganda) will be a mentor throughout the training, you can  find out more about him here.

Brett Pyper - Associate Professor and Head of the Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa), will be part of the mentors present during the Atelier. Find out more about him here.