Inge Ceustermans

Inge Ceustermans

Managing Director

Inge Ceustermans is the Managing Director of The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA). The Festival Academy has grown out of the success of the Ateliers for Young Festival Managers and offers unique, intense and rigorous training programmes on festival management to young, dynamic and passionate festival makers worldwide.

Festivals – Economic sustainabilty for all?

ING Art Center - Right room
A work in progress: an online toolkit for the organization of sustainable festivals. Initiated during the 13th Atelier for Young Festival Managers, Johannesburg, March 2018, The Festival Academy - together with participants, alumni and academic partner, the Witwatersrand University’s School of Arts - is creating a toolkit on the organisation of sustainable festivals, on all levels: political, economic, environmental, social, artistic, etc. Following a (competitive) exercise during the Atelier Johannesburg, the 25 participants - all emerging festival directors, but working in a variety of contexts - developed ideas to create more sustainable festivals. Searching for answers on ‘how to meet the needs of the present, without compromising the needs of future generations’ - based on factors of external and internal impact and bearing in mind broadly different circumstances between the Global North and South - 5 blueprints for an online toolkit on sustainable festivals were presented. The toolkit answering most closely the exercise’s criteria was selected by a jury of festival experts to be presented during the next Atelier (Gothenburg August 2018), as it remains a work in progress, to be improved, fine-tuned and examined from different perspectives, connecting participants in between Atelier editions and to eventually be shared with the broader festival community.
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