The Festival Readings are an intense three-day training and reflection format consisting of public lectures by high-level festival makers on artistic festival management, organised in the framework of a festival.
This allows participants at once professional insights and practical behind-the-scenes experiences. The readings are followed by a debate with the participants. Presenters stay throughout the three days, making a permanent dialogue with participants possible. Additionally, participants visit local and/or international performances that the hosting festival is presenting. The performances will allow encounters with artists – an opportunity to discuss the influence festivals have on their work and the consequences for their artistic path. The Festival Readings are targeted at students of art and cultural management, dramaturgy and production; staff members in governmental cultural departments; and young people with specific motivation to attend.
The 10th edition of the Festival Readings:
Sochi, Russia, 15-17 February 2019, in collaboration with the Winter International Arts Festival.
The Festival Readings Sochi 2019 are jointly organised by The Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association) and the Winter Arts International Festival (WIAFS) and this for the 4th time.
These readings will allow participants to live three days immersed in the world of festivals: they will have the opportunity to meet renowned festival makers sharing their (artistic) vision and giving a deeper value to the role of festivals today. We are delighted to have the following speakers among us for the full 3 days:
Guy Coolen, (Artistic and General Director Muziektheater Transparant and Artisic Director Operadagen Rotterdam – Belgium/ The Netherlands), Tom Creed (Theatre and opera director, Festival curator and consultant – Ireland) and Catherine J. Wang (President of the Center for China Shanghai International Arts Festival, former Director of the Forum Affairs Department of the Shanghai World Expo – China).
The Festival Readings are open to people who have already some experience in the festival world as well as anyone else who is curious to discover more about festivals.