528 young festival leaders from more than 70 countries worldwide

“The Alumni Network is the heart of our organisation, because it’s all about them – the people – and the things they can imagine and realise together,” Inge Ceustermans, Managing Director The Festival Academy

Legacy and impact

The Festival Academy aims to sustain and further develop the Academy Alumni Network that unites the participants from the Ateliers for Young Festival Managers, the Festival Production Management Trainings and the Festival Readings. After the Atelier Merano 2017, the network will include 528 young festival leaders from more than 70 countries worldwide. 

The Alumni Network ensures sustainability beyond the training formats. It allows young festival managers to connect to participants and presenters from other training programmes, and supports them in their personal and professional development. The Alumni Network is continuously growing with each training edition. The aim is to allow for extended cooperation, networking and career opportunities. 

Photo credit to Olivier Truyman


The Festival Academy’s Alumni are kindly invited for the EFFE MeetUp during the annual EFA Arts Festivals Summit 2018 to take place on 12 April 2018 in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

We are excited to bring the festivals’ community together in great diversity! Together with our host, the Ljubljana Festival, the EFFE MeetUp is prepared: exceptionally rich in opportunities for networking, exchange and inspiration this platform is created for EFA members, The Festival Academy Alumni, EFFE Labelled Festivals and EFFE Hubs in the green oasis of Ljubljana. Meet colleagues, get informed about what's happening in the sector and visit the historic and cultural treasures of the city. The Arts Festivals Summit theme is The (Herit)Age of the Arts, with the subtitle Audiences in the heart of the places. The detailed programme and agenda of the Arts Festivals Summit, all speakers as well as more practical information, will be updated on the EFA website and our social media channels.

Photo credit to Olivier Truyman

Activities of the Network are developed in collaboration with Alumni themselves. Activities include Alumni meetings in the framework of trainings of The Festival Academy and events of the European Festivals Association (EFA); online exchanges via social networks and online exchange platforms; information updates through newsletters; and access to materials, speeches, presentations and knowledge shared during the respective trainings.

The Alumni are involved in the further development of The Festival Academy and its network by engaging them in EFA activities, the Board of TFA and Alumni Network meetings. They identify the key elements that the Alumni Network should address, and give feedback on the training formats, as well as on new training formats and activities The Festival Academy is developing.