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.
“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.”
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.
Director London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) – UK. Read more.
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.
Bernard Faivre D’Arcier
President Lyon Biennial, Former longstanding Director Avignon Festival France. Read More.
Member Strategy Group “A Soul for Europe”, Former Vice-President of the Academy of Arts Berlin, Former Director Hebbel -Theater Berlin – Germany. Read more.
Seong Hee Kim
Independent Curator and Producer, Professor at the Kaywon Art University – South Korea. Read more.
Kee Hong Low
Head of Artistic Development (Theatre) West Kowloon Cultural District Hong Kong, former Director Singapore Arts Festival – Singapore. Read more.