Market Theatre Foundation scoops
International EU event

The 13th edition of the International Atelier for Young Festival Managers, the first ever to be held in Africa, will take place at the Market Theatre Foundation next year from 23 to 29 March.

Forty-five participants will be selected for the seven-day training programme during which they will discuss various aspects of festival management with up to ten renowned festival managers from pioneering festivals and outstanding art centres and institutes from all over the world.

The weeklong event will be a partnership between the Market Theatre Foundation, Wits University and the European Union-based Festival Academy.

“It is significant that the European Union-based international Atelier will take place in South Africa next year to coincide with the 25th anniversary since the European Community lifted its sanctions against South Africa on 4 October 1993”, says Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation. “The event at the Market Theatre Foundation will be a dynamic way to reinforce our relationship with our European Union partners,” he added.

The Market Theatre Foundation has an MOU for cultural co-operation with the Embassy of France and the French Institute of South Africa. Recently, the Market Theatre Foundation received a substantial grant from the Embassy of the Netherlands to present a weeklong mini-festival to look back at the Culture in Another South Africa festival that took place in the Netherlands in 1987.

“South African artists will have the opportunity to give first hand exposure to their work to renowned festival directors from across the globe who will be at the Market Theatre. This is one more way through which the Market Theatre Foundation affirms its role as a global player in the arts sector,” says Ismail Mahomed.

For further information and interviews please contact:

Lusanda Zokufa – Kathilu, Senior Publicist
Market Theatre Foundation
011 832 1641 ext 123 or 072 367 7867