The call for applications for the CHALE WOTE SALON. 20 spots available for a 10-day training programme. Festival managers from across the globe are invited to apply by 1 July 2019.

Application criteria

• average age of candidates is between 25- 40 years.
• Basic knowledge of English or West African Pidgin will suffice.

Candidates can be:
• supported by a festival, a cultural venue or another initiative in the cultural sector; or
• supported by a training/academic institute or self-finance

Candidates should:
• be familiar with one/multiple artistic disciplines within a festival or
• have basic knowledge of festival programming
• demonstrate capacity to broaden their knowledge base in the field of programming or a related department.
• Show considerable ambition to work in the festival business or cultural field.

Course fee

The fee includes accommodation for nine nights, registration, working documents, access to all sessions, meals and drinks, receptions, local transport, cultural and artistic programme, and follow–up activities.
• Full course fee:  $ 3500

Following selection, candidates will receive a request of payment for the full amount, with a request to pay an advance sum of $700 (non-refundable) within 7 days of receiving the selection letter. The remaining $2300 should paid in another 14 days. Please ensure that CHALE WOTE receives the contribution net. The participant is in charge of bank costs related to international payment. Travel expenses and insurance are the responsibility of the participant. Chale Wote will assist as much as possible with visa processing in preparation for the Salon.

Funding Opportunities

There are numerous at local/national level. Candidates can’t research funding opportunities at national and international level from the moment they apply.
Or you can have a look at a funding guide that is specific to Africa here.
• Thank you for your interest in the CHALE WOTE SALON for Festival Managers and Programmers from 16-25 August 2019. Please fill in the application form and send us your CV, motivation letter and a scan of your passport and/or ID card by email to
• Deadline for submission: Midnight 1 July 2019

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The Salon is about the participants!

The programme focuses on topics and issues raised by the participants which are further developed during the Salon: with panel discussions guided by seasoned festival leaders in small working groups, thematic lunches and labs.
The artistic aspects of festival management, including artistic vision, political and social engagement in relation to the cultural and artistic significance of a festival in its community or region, as well as sustainability. Instruments such as communication, production or financing as far as they are relevant for the implementation of the artistic programme.
Participants and researchers will discuss different topics related to the relationship between festivals, local communities, cities and countries during the labs.

Training formats

The Chale Wote Salon offers training formats for cultural professionals:

Salon for Festival Managers: A rigorous 7-day training programme with up to 20 selected young artistic festival managers from all over the world in each edition. Seasoned festival directors from CHALE WOTE will guide the participants. The Salon includes workshops, lectures, dialogues, debates and cultural outings all addressing the artistic aspects of festival management.
Festival Production Management Training: This session selects up to 20 participants and focuses especially on production management in terms of realising and implementing the vision of the artistic director. It consists of an introductory and concluding workshop as well as a hands-on placement at CHALE WOTE STREET ART FESTIVAL.
SALON LECTURES Speakers from CHALE WOTE give lectures on their experience in managing the festival. The lectures take place during CHALE WOTE LABS.
• All training formats create opportunities by connecting local and international professionals, foster the development of new and long-term collaborations, and encourage an exchange of know-how. All programmes are designed in close exchange with the local partner, thanks to which participants get to know the local cultural sector, the visibility of the city increases and local artists are supported.

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