Registrations for the ‘Atelier for Young Festival Makers - New York 2024’ are open

The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), in partnership with The Public’s Under the Radar Festival and BAM (The Brooklyn Academy of Music), calls for application for the 22nd edition of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, to take place from 7 to 13 January 2024 in New York, United States.

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers New York will offer the opportunity to up to 40 young festival leaders and curators from all over the word to spend 7 days together guided by experienced festival leaders, cultural activists, cross-sector experts and artists in New York. The Atelier facilitates a global conversation about today’s challenges and the role that festivals, art and culture can play in these. 

This seven-day long capacity building programme is about innovating leadership, gaining new perspectives, exploring the essence and impact of festivals in a global context, share and exchange experiences and reflect on the topics that concern the participants. Festival curators from all over the world, regardless of age, gender and nationality, who are interested in exchanging knowledge and experiences between professionals active in the field of festivals and who wish to improve their management skills, learn from renowned experts and exchange ideas and best practices with other participants are invited to apply.

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers is a tailor-made programme focused on the needs of the specific group taking part in the event, based on the analysis of the expectations of the selected participants. The topics and issues raised by the selected participants will be further developed during the Atelier: in panel discussions, in small working groups, thematic lunches, cross-discipline round tables and plenary sessions. There will be plenty of time and space for official and informal one-to-one talks during the programme and during meals and cultural visits, as the sharing of experiences and networking are key to the Atelier.

During the Atelier, participants will also have the chance to attend cultural events linked with The Public’s Under the Radar Festival and BAM (The Brooklyn Academy of Music), to meet with artists and production teams, and to reflect upon the on-stage processes and the behind-the-scenes of these renewed cultural and artistic organisations.

Find out more about the programme, the experts and the application procedures and funding opportunities here. Passionate festival makers from across the globe are invited to apply before  28 of April 2023.