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:
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
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!”
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"
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.
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."
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.”
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."
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."
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."
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."
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"
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.”
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."
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."