Atelier for Young Festival Managers
CultureLink brokered the 1st Asian edition of the The Atelier for Young Festival Managers for Singapore bringing together EFA, LASALLE College of the Arts, ASEF and build a bridge between festival leaders and managers between Asia and Europe.
Founder Goh Ching Lee was also appointed a Mentor to the programme by organizer European Festivals Association (EFA).The Atelier is a unique, intense, one-week training programme initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA) where young producers are mentored by a distinguished group of former festival directors.
The Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Asia – Singapore, 14-21 May 2011 – concluded with remarkable and unexpected results. The 3rd edition of the Atelier for Young Festival, and its fist edition in Asia, saw 34 participants from 20 countries and five continents to meet, exchange, establish sustainable ties for the future, and to benefit from the wealth of experience of some 15 renowned festival directors, artists and cultural managers.
Under the coordination of Hugo De Greef (Former EFA Secretary General, General Manager Brugge European Capital of Culture 2002, Belgium), four Mentors – Rose Fenton (International Arts Producer and Advisor, UK), Ching-Lee Goh (Executive and Artistic Director CultureLink Singapore), Nele Hertling (Member of Strategy Group A Soul for Europe, Germany) and Grace Lang (Programme Director Hong Kong Arts Festival Society, China) – guided the participants through working groups and lectures, interactive exchanges and insightful face-to-face talks about case studies.
Six leading and renowned festival directors – Robyn Archer (Artistic Director The Light in Winter, Australia), Norman Armour (Executive Director PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Canada), Seok Kyu Choi (Creative Producer AsiaNow Productions, South Korea), Bernard Faivre d’Arcier (President La Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, France), Wai-Lap Kwong (Programme Director Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, China) and Carla van Zon (Artistic Director Auckland Arts Festival, New-Zealand) – reflected about the artistic aspects of festival management, touching upon issues such as artistic vision, political and social responsibility, internationalisation, networking, renewal and sustainability.
Furthermore, the Atelier allowed all participants to meet and exchange with artists such as Alain Platel (founder Les ballets C de la B), and cultural and political leaders, such as Kris Peeters (Minister-President of Flanders) and Ambassador Dominique Girard (Executive Director Asia-Europe Foundation). “For five years now, the Atelier has planted the seeds for exciting international exchanges and long-term collaborations amongst the next generation of festival managers, challenged by a globalised world. This edition has taken the Atelier to a new standard and EFA is ready to develop this initiative into an independent training programme for young, dynamic and passionate festival makers worldwide,” says Darko Brlek, President of EFA.
The Atelier SINGAPORE 2011 has been hosted by LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore and co-organised with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), in partnership with the Association of Asian Performing Arts Festivals (AAPAF), the Singapore Arts Festival and CultureLink Singapore. The 4th edition of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers is to take place from 24 October to 31 October 2011 in Izmir, Turkey, hosted by the International Izmir Festival.