Module I of Festival Production Management Training took place from 17 - 20 January 2018. Early-career production managers had the opportunity to meet with peers from across the world, learn from renowned experts, and exchange experiences in a variety of session formats. They also enjoyed artistic performances and behind-the-scenes insights from the artists and their teams.


You can find the detailed programme of the Festival Production Management Training Module I 2018 here.

Photo credit to Olivier Truyman

Topics and Questions

Have a look at the lists of topics and questions explored during the previous editions of the Festival Production Management Training, Module I. 

Examples of topics during the sessions:

  •  Internal communication within the team
  • External communication with artists and their production teams
  • Planning and communication tools
  • Budgets and budgetary restrictions, coproduction and sponsorship
  •  Corporate and government sponsorship and the implications for ethics and publicity
  •  Relations with artistic directors and artists
  •  Working with teams – people management 
  • Time management
  •  Contracts; technical riders
  • Audiences in transition, audience engagement and accessibility
  • The digital age: practical advantages and disadvantages
  • Self-care in a demanding job
  • Working with volunteers

Examples of questions during the sessions

  •  What to do when things go wrong or not as planned?
  • How to make your festival unique and stay unique?
  • How to realize artists’ dreams despite practical impediments?
  •  How to translate a piece for a foreign or international audience both culturally and linguistically?
  • How do audiences in the arts change?
  • How can we seize digital opportunities?
  •  How  do the arts contribute to social change?