Atelier for Young Festival Managers BEIRUT 2013: application deadline approaching, first presenters confirmed

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers 2013 is taking place in Beirut/Lebanon from 5-12 October 2013. While the application deadline is approaching, the programme of the Atelier BEIRUT 2013 is shaping: first mentors and presenters confirmed their participation, including Bernard Faivre d'Arcier, Hugo De Greef, Rose Fenton, Nele Hertling and Jonathan Mills. The sixth edition of the Atelier is the first in the Arab world; it is organised by the European Festivals Association (EFA) and the Beiteddine Art Festival. The Atelier for Young Festival Managers is EFA's 7-day training platform addressed at emerging artistic festival directors. Applications have to be submitted by 31 March 2013.

Mentors announced

45 young festival managers from all over the world will be selected to attend the Atelier. Under the coordination of Hugo De Greef (former EFA Secretary General, General Manager Bruges European Capital of Culture 2002, Founder and former Director Kaaitheater – Belgium), some ten presenters from all over the world – all renowned, trailblazing festival managers – will share their rich experiences with the participants. Four mentors have already confirmed their participation: Bernard Faivre d'Arcier (former long-standing Artistic Director of the Avignon Festival and President of the Lyon Biennial - France), Rose Fenton (Director Free Word, Co-Founder LIFT Festival, London – UK), Nele Hertling (Vice-Chair of the Academy of Arts Berlin - Germany), and Jonathan Mills (Festival Director and Chief Executive Edinburgh International Festival - UK).

"Beirut, a city at the crossroads between East and West, was reborn 7 times from its ashes. This resilient capital is an Arab metropolis but nonetheless a contemporary European city. The Beiteddine Art Festival is at the heart of this interchange: It was born at times of war, and has grown against all odds into a spectacular cultural hub for the region. It offers a vibrant and unique platform for multicultural exchange and debate," underlines Nora Joumblatt, President Beiteddine Art Festival.

Application procedure

Selection criteria and application procedure can be found in the Call for Application. The Application Form for BEIRUT 2013 has to be submitted until 31 March 2013. All documents are available on the EFA website.

Find out all you need to know about the Atelier's mission and format, Beirut and the Beiteddine Art Festival, previous Atelier editions and presenters at

Spread the word

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 BEIRUT 2013. Spread the Call for Application broadly to your members, partners, contacts and interested people. Join us on Facebook (Atelier for Young Festival Managers and EFA) and on Twitter to stay up-to-date!

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