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CIFAS: Producers' Academy 2024 Open Call (Belgium)

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The Producers’ Academy is an international group of producers that gather with peers for four days in Brussels during Kunstenfestivaldesarts, from 13 to 16 May 2024.

The Academy is a dedicated time to reflect, think, co-learn, encounter, and question the practice of the producer. With open minds and open hearts, integrity and fun, this four-day workshop delves into the current urgencies and issues around producing work and being a producer.

With approaches that are sometimes experimental (have you heard of the fairy purse?) or deeply technical (art(ists) still need(s) to cross borders), the Academy aims to explore how producers can practice values of cooperation and collaboration, care and solidarity, empowerment and enjoyment, tackling the questions of (self)care, fair practices, transnational practices, as well as the nitty gritty of producing performing arts, playing with budgets, and maybe reinventing one-self.

The different subjects will be explored while talking, listening, walking or playing, using the expertise of inspirational guests and the knowledge within the room. This year’s Producers’ Academy will be facilitated by Bek Berger.

The Producers’ Academy is open to:

  • People from all nationalities
  • People who have at least five years of experience as a producer in the performing arts sector
  • Producers/cultural entrepreneurs who have developed or are in the process of developing innovative way(s) to support creation in an international dimension and/or with a trans-sectorial approach (decolonisation, feminism, fair practices, climate change, accessibility, etc.)
  • Participants need to be able to understand, communicate and work in English (as the event will be held exclusively in English)

Participation is free of charge (full programme + lunches during the four days + 2 performances). The organisers are not responsible for travel and accommodation costs but travel support can be allocated on an exceptional basis. Cifas will offer 3 grants (travel) to support producers from countries where little or no financial support is available for international mobility.

The Producers’ Academy is organised with the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International.


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