Presenters at the Atelier are renowned festival directors and managers, experienced festival operators, professionals and artists. During their participation they not only act as lecturers, but also as true mentors as they engage in one-on-one discussions with the participants. They are present for multiple days, with some staying for the whole period of the training. They allow participants an honest and open insight into their careers, including both success stories and failures.

Pool of Experts

Under the coordination of Hugo De Greef, the General Coordinator of The Festival Academy, over 40 experts from the festival field have participated in The Festival Academy’s training programmes previously.

Have a look at the list of presenters of the previous Ateliers.

Bernard Faivre d'Arcier, Nele Hertling and Seong Hee Kim, presenters Atelier Chiang Mai 2016
Robyn Archer, mentor at various Ateliers for Young Festival Managers

“As mentors and presenters I know we will get at least as much out of the participants as they may get out of us in the coming week. It should be understood at the outset that there are very few differences between us as mentors and you as participants, except perhaps in terms of experience. We are all participants in the Atelier.”

Robyn Archer

Artistic Director The Light in Winter Melbourne, Deputy Chair Australia Council for the Arts, Strategic Advisor Gold Coast Arts and Culture in Queensland, and Member of the European House for Culture - Australia. Read more.

Robyn Archer

Mark Ball

Artistic Director London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) – UK. Read more.

Mark Ball

Hugo De Greef

General Coordinator The Festival Academy, former EFA Secretary General,General Manager Bruges European Capital of Culture 2002, Founder and former Director Kaaitheater - Belgium. Read more.

Hugo De Greef

Bernard Faivre D’Arcier

President Lyon Biennial, Former longstanding Director Avignon Festival France. Read More. 

Bernard Faivre d'Arcier

Nele Hertling

Member Strategy Group “A Soul for Europe”, Former Vice-President of the Academy of Arts Berlin, Former Director Hebbel -Theater Berlin – Germany.  Read more.

Nele Hertling

Seong Hee Kim

Independent Curator and Producer, Professor at the Kaywon Art University – South Korea. Read more.

Seong Hee Kim

Kee Hong Low

Head of Artistic Development (Theatre) West Kowloon Cultural District Hong Kong, former Director Singapore Arts Festival – Singapore. Read more. 

Kee Hong Low