10 May 2020 to 13 May 2020
Festival centre Kunstenfestivaldesarts
Producers' Academy 5

The fifth edition of the Producers’ Academy – a capacity building programme focused on international production in the performing arts - is back in May 2020!

COVID19 - March 2020
Facing the crisis linked to the spreading of Covid-19, CIFAS has decided to suspend all its activities planned until the summer.
Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Take care of yourself, your relatives and your neighbours, we hope that we can all take this opportunity to reflect upon the world we want for tomorrow.

May 2020: The producers' Academy 2020 has taken place online since May 2020. In order to be informed of the organisation of the next edition, you can register to our newsletter.

Created in 2016 by the International Centre for Training in the Performing Arts (CIFAS), the Producers’ Academy is organised in the frame of Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels.

A group of selected international producers 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:

How do we understand the different contexts of international production? 
How do we go beyond the distribution model of touring and develop more meaningful relationships?
How do we plan for more inclusion in the field of arts and culture?
To what extent can we tackle cross-border and regional financial inequalities?
How do we work across borders and cultures, taking into account environmental issues? 
How do we produce in a world that is turning more and more towards nationalism and conservatism? 
How do we combine and balance private and professional realities?

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.

This year, next to workshops, talks and lectures, meeting sessions with international producers working for artists invited at Kunstenfestivaldesarts will take place.

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


Chrissie Faniadis, Board member of Fresh Arts Coalition Europe (Sweden)

Speakers, sessions and programme
Online sessions (May 2020 - March 2021: Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Nimi Ravindran, Ingrid Vranken, ...)
Do not hesitate to check our previous programmes to have an idea about the format of the Producers’ Academy.

10 > 13 May 2020.

The Producers’ Academy 5 was organised at the festival centre of Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. Due to the sanitary crisis, 7 sessions took place online instead.

Applications & Conditions


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 by 2 February 2020, including:
- A CV (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.


Participation is free of charge (Full programme + lunches during the four days + 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.

Attendance is required for the entire programme, including evening performances.


The International Centre for Training in the Performing Arts, CIFAS, was born thirty years ago, in order to provide performing artists and professionals with the opportunities to develop their practice by meeting and confronting internationally renowned artists and cultural operators. The current project CIFAS, initiated in 2009, intends to continue this legacy, adapted to the changing contemporary arts scene, in particular by extending its activities to all the arts and opening access to creative artists. CIFAS develops a training programme in the performing arts (theatre, dance, circus, live art, playwriting, in situ work, production...) aimed at artists – creators and performers – as well as cultural operators. This in-service training programme mainly takes the form of workshops, symposiums or seminars led by international artists and operators. Among its activities, CIFAS organises the Urban Academy, a yearly event to discuss and discover the complex relations between art and public space, as well as a programme of Urban Interventions taking place the whole year. CIFAS also edits an electronic magazine called Klaxon about the relation between living art and the city. www.cifas.be

On the Move
With its free to access website, On the Move regularly highlights the latest funding opportunities supporting the international mobility of artists and cultural professionals – of every discipline. Thanks to the expertise of its members and partners, On the Move also shares information on key challenges related to cultural mobility (e.g. visas, social protection, taxation, environmental issues). Beyond this work as an information point, On the Move facilitates training and workshops, and gives public presentations on cultural mobility issues and the internationalisation of practices for the arts and culture sector.
Born as a website in 2002 as a project of IETM (the international network of contemporary performing arts), On the Move has evolved as a dynamic network that now counts more than 50 member organisations and individuals. Every year, On the Move takes part in and/or co-organises 40+ events, workshops, training sessions, and projects in Europe and internationally, attracting more than 1,200 people.
On the Move is funded by the Ministry of Culture-France, as well as through projects’ partnerships with European networks and/or local, national, International agencies and organisations.

MoDul is a new Belgian artist support organisation travelling all around the world with theatre, dance and street art projects. Interdisciplinary by nature, flexible by choice: MoDul is a resource centre for creators and companies. It thinks, produces, distributes, communicates, invents and reinvents the “thousand ways” to make an artistic project happen. True swarm of production professionals, MoDul is also a platform for exchange of knowledge, training and circulation of information on the performing arts sector. Based in Brussels and in Wallonia, it also offers rehearsals spaces for residencies and consulting sessions for any artist working in Belgium. www.modulable.be

Kunstenfestivaldesarts is an international arts festival dedicated to contemporary creations: theatre, dance, performance, film, and visual arts. It takes place every year in May, showing Belgian and international performances in 20 theatres and arts centres, as well as in public spaces throughout Brussels: many creations which present new visions of the world to an audience who is invited to broaden its perspective. The Kunstenfestivaldesarts is a cosmopolitan city festival. Part of a complex network of communities, it serves to increase the porosity of territorial, linguistic, and cultural divides. The Kunstenfestivaldesarts happens in Brussels, the only city in Belgium inhabited by the country’s two largest language communities. Fundamentally conceived as a bilingual undertaking, the festival contributes to encouraging dialogue. www.kfda.be

Free of charge, under application (see conditions above).
Deadline for applications : 02.02.2020
Producers, bookers, administration managers, tour managers, cultural entrepreneurs
10 > 13 May 2020
Files must be less than 4 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx.
Files must be less than 4 MB.
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Les champs précédés d'une astérisque * sont obligatoires

(In case an organisation funds totally or partially your coming/stay in Brussels, On the Move and CIFAS can add their logo to the list of supporters.)
Files must be less than 4 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf odf pdf doc docx.

If you do not receive an email confirming we have received your application, please contact Cifas: