Atelier for Greek Festival Managers

15 – 17 February 2019

Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture, in collaboration with The Festival Academy (initiative of the European Festivals Association – EFA), calls for applications for the first edition of the Atelier for Greek Festival Managers, to take place from 15-17 February 2019 in Eleusis, Greece. The Atelier for Greek Festival Managers offers the opportunity to up to 20 Greek festival managers to spend 3 days together with festival directors, artists and cultural professionals from Greece and abroad.

Apply by 25 January 2019 here

Photo from the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Gothenburg – photo credits: © Ann-Charlotte Rugfelt Ferm – Kultur i Väst


A 3 days intensive training programme with:

  • up to 20 participants that are working in Greek  festivals
  • 3 mentors, expert art festival directors and art managers from Europe and beyond
  • 3 guest speakers from Greek art scene

Experience sharing is at the heart of programme. It is about fostering dialogue and networking between festival managers and artists from the region, about programming a festival, engaging with the artists’ vision and developing new initiatives, new models and methods of working.

Presenters at the Atelier are renowned festival directors and managers, experienced festival operators, professionals 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 allow participants an honest and open insight into their careers, including both success stories and failures focusing on examples that are held in the periphery.

In lectures, one-on-one talks and group discussions, as well as during intense workshops on case studies, issues such as artistic vision, public responsibility, creation and co-production, internationalisation, networking, renewal and sustainability will be explored. Participants are actively encouraged to share their own knowledge and experiences.


You can apply if you are:

  • a cultural manager or professional in the cultural field and you are working on the organization of Greek festivals
  • an employee of a public or private organization and you are working on the organization of a Greek festival
  • an artist or a curator and you are interested in the festivals’ organization

Participants will have the chance to compare their views with colleagues from various cultural and professional contexts and backgrounds, and analyse them in view of the Eleusis 2021 artistic programme. What about the relationship between traditional and contemporary art? To what extend does this reflect in festival management concepts? To what extent do political, social and technological developments have an influence on artistic programming? How to reach (out to) the community where the festival takes place? How to develop a sustainable context for festivals, artists and audience? What are the festivals’ responsibilities towards the local community?


The Atelier offers many opportunities:

  • learn from expert festival leaders
  • exchange about your projects
  • share your worldview and get inspired by others

What is the EFA and The Festival Academy?

The European Festivals Association (EFA) unites distinguished music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary arts festivals from Europe and beyond since 1952. Today, the European Festivals Association (EFA) connects about 100 festivals and festival associations in 40 countries. EFA members are the core element that make the Association an open, influential, international place for any festival that wants to be part of a bigger festival community.

The Festival Academy is an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA) which offers various training formats on festival management to dynamic and passionate festival makers worldwide through 3 unique training formats: Atelier for Young Festival Managers, Festival Production Management Training and  Festival Readings. All training focus on the essence of festivals: art and artists.

The Festival Academy aims to share, exchange and construct know-how on festival management. All trainings touch upon all artistic disciplines. It empowers a new generation of emerging leaders and generates new professional opportunities for festival makers. This way, The Festival Academy develops and sustains a network of festival leaders of the future. Capacity building and internationalisation are at The Festival Academy’s core. The Festival Academy considers the art and the artists as the essence of festivals. Starting from this conviction, topics such as audience participation, quality of presentation, sustainability, budgetary orthodoxy, social impact and community engagement are on the agenda of the trainings. All training formats create opportunities by connecting local and international professionals, foster the development of new and long-term collaborations, and encourage an exchange of know-how. All programmes are designed in close exchange with the local partner, thanks to which participants get to know the local cultural sector, the visibility of the city increases and local artists are supported.


Date & place: 15-17 February 2019, Eleusis, Greece

Apply by 25 January 2019 by submitting your application form


What do you need to cover?

  • Participation fee: 150 euros
  • Accommodation
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Travel Costs

Scholarships can be given upon request in the application form and they will be evaluated by the Festival Academy and Eleusis 2021. The Atelier format is interactive, so applicants that speak English fluently will have priority.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or call +30 2105547646.


Eleusis is a town with 30.000 inhabitants and is situated about 21 kilometres northwest from the center of Athens. It is the place where the Eleusinian Mysteries were held during the ancient times and the birthplace of Aeschylus. Today, Eleusis is a major industrial center, with the largest oil refinaery in Greece. The city of Eleusis has been designated European Capital of Culture 2021. Eleusis is easily accessible by car, metro line, bus and suburban railway.

Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture

In November 2016, the Greek city of Eleusis has been designated European Capital of Culture 2021. The central idea of the Eleusis 2021 cultural programme is expressed by the moto “Transition to EUphoria”. The proposal of Eleusis focuses on the question of sustainable development at social, environmental and economic/labour level: Eleusis becomes a laboratory to rethink the content and meaning of sustainable development. These three categories correspond to the three main themes of our programme: EUrbanisation for the social challenges, The EU Working Classes for the economic / labour challenges and EUnvironment for the environmental challenges. The Festival Academy is one of Eleusis 2021 strategic partners for the Culture 2030 programme that is focusing on the capacity building of the professionals of the cultural field

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