Jerry Aerts, Director deSingel International Art Campus

After a very successful first edition in January 2016, deSingel International Arts Campus is looking forward to the second edition of this training by The Festival Academy. We strongly believe in the importance of life-long learning combining experience-sharing and practical activities. We hope this training can become a recurrent activity from which many young production managers will benefit in the future


During Module I of this second Edition of the Festival Production Management Training, participants are given input from four presenters who will spend alternatively four days with them. The numerous guest speakers also join participants for informal occasions in addition to their presentations. In this way participants can really make a connection to the speakers and maximise their experience. Below the presenters and some of the speakers of Module I 2017.

To see the presenters from Module I 2016, please click here.

To see presenters from past Ateliers for Young Festival Managers, please click here.

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Roy Luxford

Roy is currently the Planning and Operations Director of the Edinburgh International Festival. Roy has a wealth of experience, having previously held roles including Executive Director of Cheek by Jowl and the Michael Clark Company, the Programme Manager at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Peacock Theatre, and General Manager of DB8 Physical Theatre amongst others.

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Annet Lekkerkerker

Annet has been the Managing Director of the Holland Festival since 2009 where she has collaborated with artistic directors Pierre Audi (until 2014) and Ruth Mackenzie (since then). Annet Lekkerkerker has previously worked as Head of Programming at the Stadscchouwburg Amstersdam. She currently sits on various boards and chairs the Amsterdam Cultural Coalition.

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Han Van Poucke

Han is currently the Head of the Production of the Holland Festival. He started his career as dancer and in 2002 he joined Holland Festival as producer becoming Deputy Head of Production in 2015 and Head of Production in 2017. 

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Jerry Aerts

General and Artistic Manager of the International Arts Campus DeSingel. Jerry studied journalism and communication sciences at Brussels University. Before his work as music programmer and later on Artistic Director of deSingel in the eighties, he worked in public relations, advertising and sales promotion for the Belgian Housing Society and for Sony Belgium. 

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Hugo De Greef

Sessions are facilitated by Hugo De Greef, General Coordinator of The Festival Academy, former EFA Secretary General, Director European Capital of Culture Bruges 2002, and Co-Founder Kaaitheater in Brussels.

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Guest speakers

  • Tomas Aragay, Theater director and dramaturg, La Societat Doctor Alonso - Spain 
  • Margot De Boeck, coordinator volunteers, STUK - Belgium 
  • Mia Habis, Director Maqamat – Libanon
  • Caro Madl, General Management Superamas - Belgium, France, Austria
  • Omar Rajeh, Artistic Director Maqamat – Libanon 
  • Wouter van Ransbeek, Associate Director Toneelgroep Amsterdam - The Netherlands

Positions were correct as of January 2017

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