585 young festival leaders from 80 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 14th Atelier, that took place in Gothenburg in August2018, the network includes 585 young festival leaders from 80 countries and all continents. 

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

Activities 2018 - 2019

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

A group of 150 people, EFA members, EFFE Labelled Festivals and Hubs, and The Festival Academy alumni met in great diversity in Ljubljana during the EFFE MeetUp: exceptionally rich in opportunities for networking, exchange and inspiration, people met colleagues from all over the world, people got informed about what's happening in the sector and visited the historic and cultural treasures of the city. 

The European Festivals Association and The Festival Academy hope to see you again next year in Lisbon, Portugal from 17 to 20 April 2019, where we will be welcomed by the Estoril Lisbon Festival.

Alumni Atelier Merano 2017 at the Summit in Ljubljana 2018

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.