The Atelier was hosted by Meraner Musikwochen / Settimane Musicali Meranesi in collaboration with Italiafestival. 22 participants from 14 different countries and all continents took part for the 7-day training programme during which they discussed various aspects of festival management with 8 renowned festival managers from pioneering festivals and outstanding art centres and institutes from all over the world.

The Festival Academy's Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Merano took place 1-7 December 2016 in collaboration with the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). It gathered 35 participants from 20 countries and confirmed the success and necessity of providing training opportunities for early career professionals and to collaborate across continents