In public lectures high-level festival makers reflect on artistic festival management issues. Participants gain at once professional insights and practical behind-the-scenes experiences. The readings are followed by a debate with the participants. Presenters stay throughout the three days, making a permanent dialogue with participants possible. Additionally, participants visit local and/or international performances that the hosting festival is presenting.


The following issues are explored through lectures and discussions with the participants:

  • Work with artists, companies, and artistic cores, as experienced by presenters throughout their career .
  • How to give maximum exposure to the meaning of the artistic work. 
  • The influence of festivals on artists’ work and the consequences for their artistic path.
  • Communication, production and budget are discussed to the extent that they are relevant items in the implementation of the artistic programme.

Bernard Faivre d'Arcier focused on how to ensure that high-level festivals can continue to make sharp artistic choices, even with big audiences.

Hugo De Greef explored the topic of festivals as sites of innovation and looked at the development of the worldwide festival scene, with a boom in festivals since the 1970s.

Nelson Fernandez shared his vast experience as a producer and cultural faciliator with experience in dozens of countries throughout the world.


Festival Readings are organised in the framework of a festival or a special cultural event of a theatre, city, region, etc. with high cultural vibrancy and value. Festival Readings consist preferably of  participants coming from the region where the event takes place (the neighbouring countries, the region, the city etc.). The aim is to focus as concretely as possible on the reality of a certain region itself.


Sibiu is a vibrant city that carried the title European Capital of Culture in 2007. The Sibiu International Theatre Festival is an outstanding opportunity for its expected 60,000 spectators to enjoy more than 350 events with artists from more than 70 countries taking place in 60 venues.