Application, selection & fees

Application & Selection Procedure

The application has been closed. 

Application criteria

The following application criteria will be applied (not cumulative):

Applicants must:

  • have excellent knowledge of English (working language of the training programme) 
  • be supported by a festival, a cultural venue or another initiative in the cultural sector; or
  • be supported by a training/academic institute (study module); or
  • proof future employment in the field; or
  • demonstrate strong personal arguments and motives.

Participants must:

  • deal with communication or audience / community development or one or more artistic disciplines within a festival or
  • have a basic practical knowledge in festival operation
  • demonstrate the ambition to deepen their skills in the field of digitalisation, new technologies, communication, audience and community development, or in a department closely related to it; or
  • prove that a study course (already completed or due to be completed) is in line with the training programme; or
  • give evidence of his/her ambition to work in the festival business or cultural field.

Course fee

Participation Fees

  • € 1550 for non EFA members
  • € 1350 for EFA members

Following selection, the participants will receive a request of payment for the full amount, with a request to pay an advance sum of 300 Euro (non-refundable) within ten working days. The remaining 1250 Euro (for NON-EFA member Festivals) or 1050 Euro (for individual EFA member festivals) has to be paid as indicated on the request of payment. 

The fee covers hotel accommodation for 4 nights, meals according to the programme, the information and training package, and the cultural programme. Travel to the module location and insurance are not included. Please ensure that EFA receives the contribution net. The participant is in charge of bank costs related to international payment. Travel expenses and insurance are the responsibility of the participant. 

The Festival Academy will assist as much as possible with visa issues and other permissions in preparation for the programme.

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities for a training programme are numerous at local/national level. The Festival Academy advises applicants to start researching funding opportunities at national and international level from the moment they apply. You can have a look at general information and previous examples of our other programmes' participants’ funding and funding institutes here.

Or you can have a look at a funding guide that is specific to Africa here.                                                

IETM has published a guide as well on their website to funding opportunities for arts and culture.

  • Selected Belgian festival managers who work for an organisation that belongs to PC304 can use the sectoral training grant from ‘Sociaal Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten’ to fund part of their participation in the Atelier. For more information visit or contact Christa Criel at