Under the coordination of Hugo De Greef, leading and experienced festival operators, professionals and artists from all over the world guided the participants through the seven days. Mentors and presenters, pioneering festival managers, gave lectures, lead workshops and took part in round tables and debates – all of them spendt several days with the participants allowing face-to-face contacts and discussions.


The following festival directors participated in the Atelier Ecinburgh 2014:

  • Mark Ball, Artistic Director London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), UK
  • Hugo De Greef, Atelier Coordinator, former EFA Secretary General, Director European Capital of Culture Bruges 2002, Co-Founder Kaaitheater Brussels - Belgium
  • Bernard Faivre d’Arcier, former long-standing Director Avignon Festival, President Lyon Biennial, France
  • Heiner Goebbels, Artistic Director Ruhrtriennale, Germany
  • Nele Hertling, Vice President of the Academy of Arts Berlin, Member Strategy Group “A Soul for Europe”, Germany
  • Grace Lang, Programme Director Hong Kong Arts Festival Society, China
  • Joseph V. Melillo: Artistic Director Brooklyn Academy of Music New York, US
  • Michal Merczyński: General Director Malta Festival Poznań, Poland
  • Sir Jonathan Mills: Festival Director and Chief Executive Edinburgh International Festival, UK

Positions correct as of April 2014

Photo credit to Clark James