The programme is addressed at emerging festival managers or those who have ambitions to get involved in festivals and the mitigation of climate change. Participants broaden their professional skills, widen their horizons, and develop new project ideas under the professional guidance of renowned festival managers from all over the world who share their rich experience and guide participants throughout the 2 days.


One of the greatest existential threats to humankind is the changes in climate caused by human activity in the forms of industrialisation, mining, the use of fossil fuels, pollution and the like.  Festivals are not exempt either from being complicit in contributing in some measure towards climate change nor in being impacted upon by climate change. Increasingly, the arts sector broadly and festivals in particular are becoming aware of their responsibility in mitigating climate change.  

But how do they do this without compromising the quality and variety of the experience of the audience?  And how do festivals mitigate their impact on climate change anyway?


The series of Online Training consists of four sessions, each of them including two days of training (4h/day) and an optional social networking moment on Friday after the training. Each one of the four online training will happen during two days per month and with on average four hours of activities per day. Trainings will be topic-based, focusing on different themes:

  1. Contemporary Festival Business Models - 23-24 September/completed
  2. Festivals and the Mitigation of Climate Change - 21-22 October
  3. Curating Online Festivals - 24-25 November
  4. Festivals and Social Cohesion - 16-17 December

Each session will include:

  • Training sessions  – Two days of plenary sessions per training, each day consisting of a 4-hours long session with a break in between
  • Networking – Break-out groups of 5-6 people for socialising and connecting
  • DJ sessions – An online party on Friday after the training with guest DJs from different world regions
  • Taking into account different time zones: the plenary sessions will be scheduled - and some of them recorded - so people can see it at different times

Participants will be guided by experts from a wide geographical, social, inter-disciplinary as well as cross-sectorial range (experts from foundations, social movements, etc) to collect a range of different experiences and strategies. 

Detailed programme

Please find the detailed programme, dated of 19.10.2020, here.