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Appel - Jeunes managers de festival

Do you belong to the next generation of artistic festival directors? Do you feel the need to broaden your programming skills and get inspired by colleagues and experienced forerunners? 


The European Festivals Association (EFA) and the Ljubljana Festival are delighted to announce the launch of the Open Call for Application for the fifth edition of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers from 14-21 October 2012 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Application deadline for LJUBLJANA 2012 is 31 May 2012!


Mission of the Atelier


The Atelier – initiated by the European Festivals Association - is guided by the motto “Car le vrai rôle d'un festival est d'aider les artistes à oser, à entreprendre des projets,” borrowed from Bernard Faivre d'Arcier, longstanding Director of the Avignon Festival and President of the Lyon Biennial (France).

It is an intense and rigorous 7 days training platform addressed at emerging artistic festival directors or those who have ambitions to become involved in programming or in programming related departments within a festival. It is all about formulating experiences and passing on knowledge to a next generation of festival makers: knowledge about programming a festival, thematically focusing on the very essence of arts festivals: the art and the artist.




The Atelier brings together 45 festival managers from all over the world. Distinguished festival directors including Bernard Faivre d’ArcierRobyn Archer (Creative Director The Centenary of Canberra (2013), Artistic Director The Light In Winter Melbourne, Australia), Hugo De Greef (initiator of festivals and General Manager Bruges European Capital of Culture 2002, Belgium), Nele Hertling(Vice-Chair of the Academy of Arts Berlin, Germany), Jonathan Mills (Festival Director and Chief Executive Edinburgh International Festival, UK) together with another eight well selected, renowned festival pioneers attending for at least two full days, guide participants throughout the week. In lectures, one-to-one talks, group discussions as well as intense workshops on case studies, issues such as artistic vision, political and social responsibility, internationalisation, networking, renewal and sustainability are explored.


Application procedure and deadlines


All information on the Atelier, selection criteria and application procedure can be found in the Call for Application. The Application Form has to be submitted until 31 May 2012:



Young Festival Managers from all over the world are invited to apply.


Festivals, cultural organisations, networks, foundations, universities etc are invited to


  • delegate a young festival manager to participate in the Atelier LJUBLJANA 2012

  • spread the Call for Application broadly to their members, partners, contacts and interested people


Partners and city


The Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Ljubljana is initiated by the European Festivals Association and co-organised by the Ljubljana Festival, one of the most important festivals in the region. Since 60 years, the festival has hosted numerous internationally recognised artists. The Ljubljana Festival has been a member of EFA since 1977. Ljubljana is famous for its unique character: it has preserved its historical heritage and tradition while being a modern and relatively young city – the residents' average age is only slightly above 30. Ljubljana boasts one of the world's oldest philharmonic societies. Each year it hosts over 10,000 cultural events, from prestigious musical, theatre and art events to alternative and avant-garde events, notably including 14 international festivals.


All information



Latest news, documents, information about the Atelier can be followed atwww.atelierforyoungfestivalmanagers.eu  


In case of further questions please contact atelier@efa-aef.eu or call +32 9 241 8080.



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