Testimonies

528 young festival leaders from more than 70 countries worldwide have now participated in our trainings and they have a lot to say about their experience with us and how it has impacted their career:

Nikissi Serumaga, Program Manager 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust, Uganda

"There were several key points brought up on the workshop that we benefited from, particularly about understanding our audiences, the sustainability of the festival from a financial point of view, and different approaches to making sure a festival is reflective of its surrounding communities. (...) It seems many other participants also felt the program was very important in the development of how they are approaching their respective projects."

“Much of what has been taught during the Atelier is nearly impossible to find in other spaces (...) “For me, the Atelier is a space for critical thought and practical outputs around festivals expertly tailored for its target arts practitioner.”

Atelier Johannesburg 2018

Marisa Benson, ArtsWorldGPS, USA

“I have learnt the importance of dreaming, doing and creating with or without resources in an equitable way that not only transforms people but also space and other sectors”

“We not only created a practical tool, we also learned of the cultural protocol and were inserted how we conceive our vision, our approach and our efforts.”

Atelier Johannesburg 2018

Karabo Kgokong, Lentswe Arts Projects, South Africa

“For me the experience was just truly inspiring. I got to really imagine and see the possibility of my dreams coming true (...) I learned to find the motivation to believe in my dreams or ideas and implement them whether there's financial support or not.”

Atelier Johannesburg 2018

Hyunji Park, Inc. One More Smile, South Korea

“The Atelier smashed my narrow world and made me dream bigger and broader.”

“Before, I didn't think that my idea could be a solution of a problematic phenomenon of hectic city.”

Atelier Johannesburg 2018

Dominique Soma, Weheartbeat, South Africa

“The Atelier opened my mind to new ways of thinking, it shifted my perspectives, changed my perceptions and gave me deep insight into the world of festivals and the power that I hold. There is a lot of power in human connection and we shouldn't ignore the wealth of knowledge that comes from the people around us.” 

“There is a lot of power in human connection and we shouldn't ignore the wealth of knowledge that comes from the people around us. "Some of us are to serve the human soul" and this is a powerful responsibility that should be used wisely.”

Atelier Johannesburg 2018
Aftermovie of the Atelier Budapest 2016

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Budapest, Hungary, took place from 2 to 8 June 2016, and was hosted by the Armel Opera Festival. It gathered 43 participants from 25 countries and confirmed the success and necessity of providing training opportunities for early career professionals and to collaborate across continents

Aftermovie of the Atelier Budapest 2016

Jessica Teague, Stichting Omscholingsregeling Dansers NL, USA

“I was very impressed with the caliber of participants, I feel the Atelier did a really good job in selecting intelligent and vibrant individuals. Everyone had something to offer and was involved in something interesting. The networking events were really incredible! The venues and atmosphere, food and wine all superb for putting everyone at ease to really get to know each other. This is not an easy thing to accomplish!”

Atelier Budapest 2016

Sara Ilana Arias Cano, Vitoria International Music Festival Spain

"The Atelier was a paradise island of inspiration and experiences that sent us back to our homes with courage and determination to lead the next generation of festivals with creativity and responsibility"

Atelier Budapest 2016
Module I - Festival Production Management Training 2016

Module I of the pilot edition of the Festival Production Management Training took place in Antwerp, Belgium, from 20-23 January 2016, hosted by deSingel International Art Campus. 22 young production managers from 15 countries met and exchanged with experienced production managers.

Module I - Festival Production Management Training 2016

Emilie Bendix, HAUT, Helsingør Teater, Passagefestival, Denmark

"Back home in Copenhagen after a week spent in Gwangju, South Korea, the thoughts gathered during the Atelier for Young Festival Managers start to form new shapes in my head. At the Atelier I found myself in a room full of curious, creative and hardworking people engaged in the arts all over the world. Each one of us having very different realities and backgrounds, but all of us in various ways struggling to make the world a better place through our work."

Atelier Gwangju 2015

Martin Kadinov, ON! Fest // Gaming Entertainment LTD, Bulgaria

“Gazing from the airplane window on my way back “home” I caught myself thinking the Atelier, for me, was like the first time I took a plane. Full of expectations – you prepare, buckle-up, accelerate, take off, penetrate the hazy clouds and gain clear vision of the immensity of the sky. Feel it, experience it and learn from it.”

Atelier Beirut 2015

Tomas Kutinjac, BLITZ International Performing Arts Festival, Croatia

"For the Atelier, 36 young festival leaders from all over the globe landed in Beirut to inspire and get inspired, exchange ideas, raise questions and try to give answers on the meaning and artistic management of festivals. One of the strongest feelings I had. Everybody had the same chance to express and share their story, concerns and mingle with everyone else with the same intensity."

Atelier Beirut 2015

Daniel Maposa, Savanna Trust, Zimbabwe

"The Atelier is organised in such a way that renowned festival directors and managers are mentors who provide lectures, presentations and inspirations to the participants. The participants also share their experiences from their different festivals. This process provides a rich interaction and transfer of knowledge among participants."

Atelier Poznan 2014

Mohamed El Ghawy, AFCA for Arts and Culture, Egypt

"At the Atelier you learn from experienced mentors, festival pioneers; you hear inspiring stories from young festival managers from around the world; and you broaden your network. But the unique thing is that you get to know more about yourself."

Atelier Edinburgh 2014

Gemma Connell, The Artifact Dance Company, UK

"We all felt that we have a strong new network here – the seeds of many potential future collaborations between us have certainly been sowed."

Atelier Ljubljana 2012

Nikki Cassidy, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK

"A significant value of the Atelier for me personally has been the chance to meet people who live and breathe artistic Festivals, from all over the world. I have enjoyed having my stereotypical assumptions of the world (seen through a prism of western media information) broken down, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to begin developing a greater understanding of other people, continents, cultures and viewpoints"

Atelier Singapore 2011

Cristina Goletti, I.F. O.N.L.Y. Festival, Ireland

“Being able to listen to people from all over the world offered me an incredible wider prospective. We were blessed to have incredibly renowned mentors with us for the whole week, speaking about their festivals and their experiences. The networking opportunities of the Atelier are immense and I believe I have made strong contacts, which will help me building my festival. I found myself thinking less as a European and more and more as a global citizen.”

Atelier Izmir 2011

Emily Thomas, Watch this Space Festival, UK

"The opportunity to meet with other festival managers from throughout Europe, to exchange ideas and experiences and initiate conversations, is an invaluable and rare one."

Atelier Varna 2009

Tobias Kokkelmans, Festival van Vlaanderen, Belgium

"The Atelier was the opportunity to meet both experienced festival leaders in an intimate context, as well as the possibility to meet young colleagues. It’s very rare in our specific professional context to meet so many young people together. To me, that was food for thought."

Atelier Görlitz 2006