Participant from Freetown Music Festival at the first British Council Festival Management Training
Participant from Freetown Music Festival at the first Festival Management Training. 

We are launching the second round of the Festival Management Training programme 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 as below:


Activity  Location Dates
Workshop 1 Lagos, Nigeria 24 - 26 October 2018

Group Mentoring Sessions

Feedback on festival business plans and other strategies.

Online November 2018 - March 2019
Workshop 2 Accra, Ghana (or other West Africa Location) April 2019
Opportunity to apply for UK and West Africa residencies and placements UK and West Africa May 2019 onwards

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. 
  • Participants will need to commit to working outside of the workshop hours by completing course work and attending webinars.

Who should apply

  • 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 emerging festival managers 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.  


Deadline: Fill the form by midnight, 3 September 2018.

Selected participants will be notified by 17 September 2018.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to notify candidates who are not selected. If you do not hear back from us by 17 September, 2018, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.