Arts and Production Managers Elefsina-Beirut 2021 - Introductory session

24 February 21

The Festival Academy is thrilled to announce a tailor-made Atelier for Arts and Production Managers in partnership with Drosos Foundation, 2023 ELEVSIS, Zoukak Theatre Company Beirut and Artlink Young Talents' Festival. The training consists of three parts:

  • Introductory session: Online, Elefsina/ Greece 24 - 28 February 2021
  • Placement: A placement around the world - ongoing between February 2021 - December 2021 (Minimum 1 week)
  • Concluding session: Beirut/ Lebanon 25 - 28 November 2021

Various events from the introductory session were live-streamed for the public via our Facebook and Youtube. You can re-watch past events below, on our Facebook, and Youtube

Previous Livestreams:


28 February 2021 at 3:30 pm CET/Brussels

The closing speaker for the introductory session of the Atelier for Arts and Production Managers was Biljana Tanurovska-Kjulavkovski, one of the six mentors of the programme, who reflected on the 5 days and the future of festivals. 

Featured Speaker:

  • Biljana Tanurovska-Kjulavkovski – Co-curator Lokomotiva Festival for contemporary art and performance in Skopje – Macedonia


26 February 2021 at 11:00 am CET/Brussels

The role of festivals in dealing with contemporary issues: gender-based violence, inequality, racism, social cohesion, decolonisation, post-conflict, etc. 

Featured speakers include: 

  • Ellada Evangelou – Artistic and Cultural Director Buffer Fringe Festival and member of IMPACT’s Leadership Circle – Cyprus
  • Ahmed Tobasi – Artistic Director The Freedom Theatre – Palestine
  • Dijana Milošević – Theatre director, co-founder and artistic director DAH Theatre – Serbia
  • Hooman Nassimi - Founder of Society in Motion and the New Faces toolkit – Netherlands


25 February 2021 at 4:30 pm CET/Brussels

Analogue, digital, and hybrid festivals: the good, the bad and the ugly - festivals and business models for the 'new normal'

Featured speakers include: 

  • Eckhard Thiemann – Artistic Director Shubbak Festival – London/ Mena
  • Roy Luxford – Production Manager Edinburgh International Festival – UK
  • Hamza Boulaiz – CEO and Artistic Director "Spectacle Pour Tous" – Morocco
  • Yolanda Markopoulou – Director and Creative Producer Greece / Polyplanity Productions, Mind the fact - Greece


25 February 2021 at 11:00 am CET/Brussels

The challenges and possibilities of international and regional cultural collaboration

Featured speakers include: 

  • Rania Kamhawi - Senior Programme Development Manager and Director Amman Contemporary Dance Festival  – Jordan
  • Christos Carras – Executive Director Onassis Cultural Centre – Greece
  • Carole Gürtler – Head Department Levant, Drosos Foundation (Zurich) – Switzerland


24 February 2021 at 7:00 pm CET/Brussels

Challenges (social, cultural, political, economic etc.) of the regions

Featured speakers include:

  • Ouafa Belgacem – Founder and CEO Culture Funding Watch – Tunisia
  • Serhan Ada – Professor Cultural policies and management, Cultural diversity, Art practice and criticism Istanbul Bilgi University – Turkey
  • Michail Marmarinos – Artistic Director 2023 ELEVSIS – Greece
  • Omar Abi Azar – Theatre Director and founder Zoukak Theater Company – Lebanon
  • Dea Vidović – Director Kultura Nova – Croatia