Atelier for Young Festival Managers BEIRUT 2013: EFA extends application deadline until 1 May 2013

efa logo smallIn response to numerous requests, the European Festivals Association (EFA) extends the deadline for application of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers BEIRUT 2013 until 1 May 2013. Thus, EFA gives the opportunity to more emerging artistic directors and curators worldwide to apply to this unique 7-day training programme. Furthermore, EFA is delighted about the broad international partnership with institutes in the region and worldwide, which have confirmed their support. This sixth edition of the Atelier, BEIRUT 2013, organised by EFA and the Beiteddine Art Festival is the first Atelier in the Arab world and takes place from 5-12 October 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Applications have to be submitted via an online application form. Detailed information on the Atelier BEIRUT, on the application process and eligibility criteria is available at www.atelierforyoungfestivalmanagers.eu. You can contact EFA with any questions you may have at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

45 participants to meet 10 presenters

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, Brussels), 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), Jonathan Mills (Festival Director and Chief Executive Edinburgh International Festival - UK).

The sixth edition of the Atelier for young festival managers will bring together a strong selection of diverse participants with various backgrounds active in all arts disciplines, emerging artistic directors of festivals from all over the world. The diversity of the group united in the shared ambition to be trained to run artistically high-level festivals will be the guiding line during the Atelier and the legacy way beyond the 7 days.

Beirut: an Arab metropolis but nonetheless a contemporary European city

"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.

Beirut, a vibrant cosmopolitan city with its rich cultural live is the ideal setting to bring together passionate festival makers from all over the world. Participants will be introduced to Lebanon's diverse art scene including encounters with Zoukak theatre company, international festivals at enchanting locations as Beiteddine, Baalbeck and Al Bustan, Zicco House, Omar Rajeh and the Bipod Festival, Askhal Alwan, the Beirut Art Centre, several theatres, artists, directors, choreographers and many more.

Submit your application online

Selection criteria and application procedure can be found in the Call for Application. The Application Form for BEIRUT 2013 has to be submitted until 1 May 2013. All documents are available at www.atelierforyoungfestivalmanagers.eu.

Spread the word

Young festival managers from all over the world are invited to apply and benefit from the extension of deadline. Festivals, cultural organisations, networks, foundations, universities etc are invited to delegate and support 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. Supporting organisations are listed here.

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Find out more about the Atelier and its previous editions at www.atelierforyoungfestivalmanagers.eu. In case of questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +32 9 241 8080.


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