22 September 2021 to 25 September 2021

20 International producers have been invited in Brussels in September 2021, after one year of online meetings.

Created in 2016 by CIFAS, the Producers’ Academy is organised in the frame of Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels.

A group of selected international producers were invited to take part in a programme of conferences, workshops and peer-to-peer learning sessions, raising questions about their practice in the international cultural sector nowadays.

This year, a specific focus has been put on the mutations and new modalities that are being opened up to the production of the performing arts in response to the present and future crises that we are facing: digital innovations, local production and sustainability, mobility, cultural recovery plans, cultural institutions being called into question, etc.

The Producers’ Academy increasingly pays attention to the notion of care, one of the fundamental concepts of feminism, and explores attentive and responsive practices, social and sustainable approaches in order to potentially invent new, adapted and fairer models of governance.

By meeting with experts and practitioners, participants will approach practical aspects of international collaborations - administrative, legal and financial issues - as well as conceptual aspects, questioning innovative production models that reinvent our global cultural landscape.

The 2020 edition had been replaced by an online programme. In September 2021, the existing group of producers continued the sessions during a 4-days face-to-face meeting in Brussels. They were joined by some new participants.

The Producers Academy is a project by CIFAS, On the Move, MoDul and Kunstenfestivaldesarts.


Chrissie Faniadis, Lead Project Manager, European Capital for Culture Malmö 2029 Candidate city (Sweden)

Speakers, sessions and programme
Introduction by Chrissie Faniadis (SE)
Exchange session: Definition of the Producer by Meryl Moens (BE)
Lecture: Digital Online Performances Before and After the COVID Crisis by Franck Bauchard (FR)
Discussion about the performance "Who's Tupac?" with Tanja Vrancken and Catherine Vervaecke (BE - KVS)
Exchange session: Art and Accessibility by Kim Simpson (UK)
Walk and Talk Sessions
Pitching session by Chrissie Faniadis (SE)
Exchange Session: Rethinking Cultural Mobilty by Marie Le Sourd (FR)
Decolonial Tour by Collectif Mémoire Coloniale et Lutte contre les Discriminations (BE)
Discussion about the performance "Two Adults and a Child" with Sepide Freitag and Julia Danila (DE)
Lecture: Artistic Feedback formats by Georg Weinand (BE)
Workshop: International Budgeting by Eva Wilsens (BE) and Caroline Ngorobi (KE)
Gamified Toolkit Workshop: Reshape Network - Values of Solidarity
General Feedback and closing up by Chrissie Faniadis (SE)
Performance: Who's Tupac by Jr.cE.sA.r / NNT & KVS at KVS
Performance: Two Adults and a Child by Ant Hampton at Kaaitheater.

22 > 25 September 2021.
9:30 > 18:00 + 2 Evening performances

The Producers’ Academy took place at La Bellone, Rue de Flandre, 46, 1000 Brussels.



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** (particularly in relation to the international development of their organisation, company, association etc.)
- 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 (performing arts and social or feminist engagement, performing arts and climate change issues etc.)
- The event will be held exclusively in English. Therefore, participants need to be able to understand, communicate and work in English.

* Producer: supervises, supports, follows an artist or a collective/company
** Performing arts: Are excluded from this definition opera- and music-only related projects

If you have any question regarding your eligibility, please get in touch with Mathilde: mathilde@cifas.be


Applications will have to be submitted to CIFAS until 30 June 2021, including:
- A CV in English (maximum 2 pages including a short 5 lines' biography)
- A note relating your experience, reflexions and questions as a producer as well as your expectations from the Producers’ Academy (in English)


Participation is free of charge (Full programme + lunches during the four days + 2 performances).
We do not take in charge travel and accommodation costs*.

* Limited travel support can be considered on an exceptional basis.
* We can send official invitation letters to those who wish to activate ways to support their participation costs. Our partner On the Move can provide advice and guidance about available mobility support programmes for selected participants.


The activities will be organised in compliance with the sanitary measures in force at the date of the event. Participants should inform themselves about regulations, testing and quarantine conditions linked with their travel. CIFAS cannot be held responsible for any cancellation.


Free of charge, under application (see conditions above).
Deadline for applications : 30.06.2021
Producers, bookers, administration managers, tour managers, cultural entrepreneurs...
La Bellone
Rue de Flandre, 46
1000 Bruxelles
!!!! NEW DATES: 22 > 25 September 2021
9:30 > 18:00 + 2 evening performances.
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