2020 Kampala Atelier

Festival managers:
apply now for the Kampala Atelier 2020

Are you eager to exchange ideas with a diverse group of creative minds coming from all over the world, to become part of a festival makers’ global community now counting more than 699 festival leaders and to meet up with both emerging and expert festival leaders, cultural activists and artists to critically reflect for 7 days on the role of festivals in today’s world?

The Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association) invites festival managers to apply for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers Kampala 14 – 20 November 2020.

The Festival Academy especially encourages festival managers based in East and West Africa to apply as we will fundraise for those who will take part in the Atelier for Young Festivals Managers Kampala.

Apply by 1st June for the Atelier Kampala 2020, Uganda

Co-organised with Bayimba Foundation and Festival

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About the Atelier

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers is a seven-day training programme aimed at young artistic festival managers or those who aspire to become involved in programming or in programming-related departments within a festival. Through the programme, participants broaden their programming skills, widen their horizons, and develop new project ideas under the professional guidance of renowned festival managers from all over the world who share their rich experience. The Atelier focuses on the very essence of festivals: the art and the artist. You can find out more about the topics addressed during the Atelier here.


For each Atelier, 35 emerging festival managers from all over the world will be selected to meet in the cultural context of a festival. Are you a critical thinker who wants to meet up with a diversity of creative minds, both emerging and expert festival leaders, cultural activists and artists to reflect for seven days on the role of festivals in today’s world?

Festival managers are invited to apply by 1st June for the Atelier Kampala 2020.

A 7 days intense training with:

  • Up to 35 participants, all emerging festival managers
  • Expert festival leaders, artists and cultural activists
  • Guest speakers from different fields of action

Mentors and guest speakers at the Atelier are renowned festival directors, cultural activists and artists, as well as people working in different fields of action such as the political, social, humanitarian and technological.

Mentors are present throughout the 7 Atelier days, not only as lecturers, but fully engaged in (one-on-one) conversations and guidance of the participants. International and regional guest speakers are invited to add extra insights and perspectives on the different topics. All speakers allow participants an honest and open insight into their careers, including both success stories and failures.
Have a look at our pool of experts present during previous editions here.

Participation Fee

The fee includes accommodation for seven nights, registration, working documents, access to all sessions, meals and drinks, receptions, local transport, cultural and artistic programme, and follow–up activities.

  • Full course fee: €2100
  • Reduced course fee for EFA member festivals: €1600

The Festival Academy will fundraise for participants from East and West Africa.

Do you need financial support to participate in the Atelier? Please apply and contact us if you need help. Have a look at examples of successful funding applications and partnerships here.

We are very much looking forward to reading your application form to take part in this unique opportunity.

Organising partners:

Logos organising partners The Festival Academy and Bayimba Foundation

Supported by:

Logo co-funders Creative Europe Programme EU and Stiching DOEN

The festival is an initiative of:

Logo European Festivals Association

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