British Council Festival Management Training Programme 2018

British Council Festival Management Training Programme 2018

Deadline: September 3, 2018

Applications are open for the second round of the British Council’s Festival Management Training Programme 2018 for Festival Managers working in West Africa. This training programme will comprise two, 3-day, face-to-face workshops, online mentoring sessions and opportunities for UK residencies and professional exchanges.

The training programme aims to:

  • Enhance the artistic, technical and management skills of arts and culture festival management teams in West Africa to strengthen delivery and thus improve artistic, social and economic contribution of participating festivals to their host communities;
  • Provide networking opportunities for festival managers from West Africa and the UK to enhance the sharing of best practice and collaboration.

About the Programme

  • Participation in the workshop is free.
  • This training will cover elements of Festival Management including Marketing and promotion, Audience Development, Business Models and Proposals, Evaluation, Advocacy and Partnership, Programming and Fundraising.
  • The training will be facilitated by festival management experts from the UK and Africa who through a combination of practical and theoretical teaching provide participants with training which they can apply to their context to grow and develop the festivals they manage.
  • The course is structured to encourage strong peer to peer working so participants can expect to learn from and each other as well as sharing their skills and experience.
  • There are bursaries available to support participants from outside workshop locations with travel and accommodation.


  • Open to existing managers and producers of independent (privately managed) art festivals in West Africa or Staff (technical, administrative and artistic) that support the management of festivals in West Africa;
  • Selected participants will be aged between 18 and 35. Festival managers or producers who are not within this age range but have demonstrable evidence of engaging primarily with artists and audiences in the target age range may also be considered.


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For more information, visit British Council Festival Management Training.