Festival managers from every age/nationality/gender who are interested in digital evolutions and new technologies and interested in becoming part of a network to construct and share knowledge related to the topic are invited to the training.

Who is the programme for?

You can access the participants' list at this link

This 4-day long programme is aimed at festival managers worldwide who are interested in the impact and use of digitalisation and new technologies within the arts’ and festivals’ field, who wish to improve their communication skills, learn from experts in the field and exchange ideas with their peers.

Because of the format, participant will be able to discuss the topics they are concerned with, the role to bring the artistic offer to the maximum attention of audiences, the extent of their responsibility in relation to the artistic programme, the success stories and the challenges they face.

  • Festival managers worldwide
  • Communication and/or marketing managers / audience and community development managers, public relations
  • Interested in digital evolutions and new technologies
  • Every age/ race/ gender
  • Interested in becoming part of a network to construct and share knowledge related to the topic

At the end of the training, participant will leave with extended communication skills, a broad new personal and professional network, and inspiration for new projects.

Amira Al-Sharif

Freelance photographer, artist related to ICORN - Yemen/France

Amira is a Yemeni photographer with over seventeen years of experience documenting the beauty and suffering of her beloved country. Her work has been published in Yemeni newspapers as well as internationally with National Geographic, The Washington Post, and The Guardian.

She has received multiple prizes, fellowships, and nominations including the World Press Photo Foundation, Women Photograph and Prince Claus Fund.

You can read more about her here.

Serafima Buchinskaia

Programme Director Genesis Festival, the New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre - Russia

Serafima (Sima) Buchinskaia is a festival production manager, curator, teacher, and visionary based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She holds a Master of Arts double degree from Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University and Bard College, New York. 

Her professional experience includes both theatre and cinema festivals (Open Cinema Film Festival, International Theatre Olympics, Diaghilev Postscriptum.

You can read more about her here.

Fatemeh Ekhtesari

Writer, Poet related to ICORN - Iran/Norway

Fatemeh is an Iranian poet, writer and a freelance filmmaker, who has published 8 books including poetry collections, short story collections and novel. Some of her poems have been performed by different singers.

After she was repeatedly arrested for her activity in Iran, in 201 7 she moved to Norway, where she is trying to continue her art works as a poet and writer. She is currently studying visual arts.

You can read her full bio here.

Ola Husamou

Writer, Artist related to ICORN - Syria/Sweden

Ola is a Syrian poet, writer, development trainer and cultural activist, currently resides as an ICORN guestwriter in Eskilstuna, Sweden. 

She worked in print and electronic newspapers, and in several Syrian and Arab children's magazine. Besides this job, she also wrote and directed several plays for children and adults, and she participated in other plays as an actor.

You can read her full bio here.

Nikola Koprivica

Programme coordinator Filmski festival Herceg Novi/Montenegro Film Festival - Montenegro

Nikola Koprivica comes from Herceg Novi, a lovely and sunny coastal town in Boka Bay, Montenegro. He graduated in Production department at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje, Montenegro.

For the past five years he has been working at the Public Cultural Institution in Herceg Novi called Herceg Fest (JUK Herceg Fest).

You can read more about him here.

Tanya Logacheva

Marketing and sales A-Cube - Ukraine

Tanya holds a master degree in Finance from Kiev National Economic University.

In 2019 she joined «A-Cube» company as Head of Marketing and Festival Direction and since 2013 she has been working in discounter retail chain retail chain «HalfPrice», 

She adores sport and traveling and she tries to unite these two areas. She has run 5 marathons in Europe and she also surfs whenever and wherever there is an opportunity. She is currently attending choreography classes.

You can read more about her here.

Nomsa Mazwai

Founder #FunkItImWalking/ Soweto Theatre - South Africa

Nomsa Mazwai also known as the artist Nomisupasta is an artist, social activist and future leader of South Africa. She is a Fulbright Almunus who graduated with her MA in International Political Economy and Development.

Nomsa works tirelessly to make South Africa a safe space for women and members of the LGBTQI+ community by ensuring that everyone can walk at any time of day in any condition.

You can read more about her here.

Lorenzo Pappagallo

Consultant, Theatre & Dance Curator and Producer - France/Italy

Lorenzo is a French- Italian freelance performing arts curator & producer based in Madrid and collaborating since 2014 with different international art institutions to foster the interchange of Spanish and European artists and to draft the programming of festivals and multidisciplinary artistic seasons.

Recent collaborations were the curation of Paris-Madrid Tandem with both City Councils and the programming and coordination of the Spanish Focus in Tbilisi (Georgia) in the framework of the 22nd edition of the GIFT FESTIVAL.

You can read more about him here.

Ieva Tamutye

Deputy Director Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society - Lithuania 

Ieva is the Deputy Director of the Vilnius Festival and the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, where she is responsible for concert organizing, customer service, PR and marketing.

She has a Master degree in musicology, with a specialization in communication and PR. Her main interests are classical music, books and travelling. 

You can read more about her here.

Katharina Wickel

Communications Managers Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation e.V. / Usedom Music - Germany

Katharina Wickel is living and working in Berlin (Germany).

After studying History and English Studies (B.A.) at Augsburg University and Tartu Ülikool as well as Cultural Studies (M.A.) at Humboldt University Berlin, she is now working as Communications Manager for the Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation e.V. 

You can read more about her here.

Brecht Wille

Communication officer & Communication officers coordinator BOZAR - Belgium

After studying French and Spanish literature (UGent, BE) and theatre studies (UA, BE), he started working as a French teacher in high schools.

Since the end of 2016 he is working at BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, in Brussels, where he is responsible for the communication of theatre & dance, literature and agora (conferences, debates, lectures…) departments.

You can read more about him here.

Katharina Eva Wolfrum

Founder Theaterbüro München - Germany

Katharina Wolfrum is part of the Theaterbüro München. This is an initiative supporting and advising independent artists in Munich by providing one-to-one-counsel as well as workshops on fundraising, project management or rhetoric.

Her background is in theatre studies as well as cultural management in general. She studied in Munich, Stockholm and Berlin.

You can read more about her here.