Festival experts, cultural operators, activists & artists

Participants met and exchange with 5 mentors and speakers present throughout the programme (expert art festival directors and art managers from Europe and beyond).

Mentors and guest speakers at the Atelier were renowned festival directors, cultural managers, activists and artists. During their participation they not only act as lecturers, but also as true mentors as they engage in one-on-one discussions with the participants. They were present for multiple days and some mentors were for the whole period of the programme. They all allowed participants an honest and open insight into their careers, including both success stories and failures.

You can find more information about the facilitator who attended the program: Mike Van Graan (Founding President African Cultural Policy Network - South Africa), the 5 mentors and speakers who were present: Mark Ball (Creative Director of Manchester International Festival - United Kingdom), Kelly Diapouli (Artistic Director Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture - Greece), Vigdis Jakobsdottir (Artistic Director and CEO Reykjavik Arts Festival - Iceland), Yolanda Markopoulou, (Co-founder & Curator mind the fact,  line producer major cultural institutions  – Greece ) and Frosyni Trousa, (Artistic Director of ARC for DANCE Festival - Greece) here underneath in alphabetical order. 

Mark Ball

Creative Director Manchester International Festival - United Kingdom   

You can find Mark Ball's biography here

Kelly Diapouli

Artistic Director Capital of Culture Eleusis 2021

Find out more about Kelly Diapouli here

Vigdis Jakobsdottir

Artistic Director and CEO Reykjavik Arts Festival - Iceland. 

You can find Vigdis Jakobsdottir's biography here.

Yolanda Markopoulou

Co-founder & Curator mind the fact,  line producer major cultural institutions  – Greece 

You can find Yolanda Markopoulou's biography here.

Frosyni Trousa

Artistic Director ARC for DANCE Festival – Greece  

You can find Frosyni Trousa's biography here.

Mike Van Graan

Founding President African Cultural Policy Network - South Africa

You can find Mike Van Graan's biography here.

Observer - Muriel Piquet-Viaux

Cultural attaché French Institute of Athens - Greece

Throughout the training, Muriel Piquet-Viaux will take part in the training as an Observer. 

Find out more about her here.