Participants represent a broad diversity of cultural and professional backgrounds – from students in arts management, to young managers working for large established organisations, to emerging curators running their own innovative international festivals. "Young” in the Atelier’s title refers first of all to being “young in the festival business”.

Who is the programme for?

The Atelier addresses early career artistic directors, programmers and curators working for art organisations or festivals, as well as those working in a programme related department in a festival. Participants leave the Atelier with extended programming skills, a broad new personal and professional network, and inspiration for new (collaboration) projects. 

You can find testimonies from participants of previous editions of the Atelier here. 

Participants will have the chance to compare their artistic views with colleagues from various cultural and professional contexts and backgrounds encouraging a global discussion about the social and political responsibility of festivals and festivals makers, as well as analyzing these views within the local context of the Atelier and their own festivals.  

Take the opportunity to join a unique global network of young festival makers that counts today 653 alumni from 80 countries to date, after 15 Ateliers for Young Festival Managers since 2006 in Görlitz, Varna, Singapore, Izmir, Ljubljana, Edinburgh, Poznan, Beirut, Gwangju, Budapest, Chiang Mai, Merano, Johannesburg, Gothenburg, Valletta, a tailor made edition in Greece, one for festival and cultural managers in Shanghai and 4 editions of the Festival Production Management Training (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019).

Apply here!