Festival Arts Leadership Exchange

The two day Arts Leadership Exchange offers an interactive learning experience to inspire and enhance festival leadership. The program is tailored to suit emerging and mid-career professionals, and responds to current leadership challenges and opportunities in the festival sector. Recognising that everyone has something to contribute, the facilitation will be centred on peer learning and collaboration.

This exchange is part of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Leadership Program, hosted in partnership with Festivals Adelaide. The Australia Council has a long history in building the resilience and sustainability of the arts sector through strengthening its leaders.

Who is the program for?

The exchange is designed for professionals from arts and cultural festivals who are within the first 10-15 years of their career. The program will suit participants who are willing to openly explore their leadership.

Exchange details

Dates:    Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2017

Times:  Day 1: 10am – 5.30pm

Day 2: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue:   Adelaide College of the Arts, 39 Light Square, Adelaide SA 5000

Program Outline


9.30am - 10.00am
Please arrive by 9.45am for a 10am start
Coffee and tea on arrival

10.00am - 10.40am
Welcome to Country
Introductions and welcome

10.40am - 11.30am
Guest speaker
To be announced

11.30am - 12.40pm
Lecture: Creating Culture
Annie Talvé, Project Sisu
Like many other Western countries, Australia has a chequered history when it comes to understanding the radial benefits of arts and cultural endeavours. Cultural ambition and complexity alternate with a blindness to the value and meaning of art in the daily lives of our citizens. This lecture explores how we might frame the value and values of ‘culture’ in new ways.

12.40pm - 1.00pm
Festival leadership challenges
What are the leadership challenges you are experiencing in your practice? Can we name and articulate them to co-create solutions? This session introduces a tool to explore leadership challenges in small groups to uncover workable solutions.

1.00pm - 1.45pm
Lunch and Leadership Challenges (Session 1)

1.45pm - 3.45pm
The future of festival leadership
Tristan Schultz, designer & Australia Council ATSIA Panel member
A session on design led thinking to uncover solutions and responses to a range of challenges and opportunities faced by festival leaders today and into the future.

3.45pm - 4.45pm
Your impact manifesto (Part 1)
A series of exercises designed to get to the guts of what it means to engage in your leadership path. Whether artist, manager, producer or curator we need to know what is really driving us. Within a fun and generous environment, you will hone your personal mission statement and state your intent.

4.45pm - 5.30pm
Leadership Challenges (Session 2)

6.30pm - 8.30pm
Group dinner, at participants' expense. More detail to be provided after registration.


9.30am - 10.15am
Leadership Challenges (Session 3)

10.15am - 11.00am
Your impact manifesto (Part 2)

11.00am - 11.45am
Leadership Challenges (Session 4)

11.45am - 12.30pm
Festival Leadership Development - Next steps
Wrap-up and conclusion.

Contact us

For more information please contact the Australia Council Capacity Building team on 02 9215 9036 or leadershipprogram@australiacouncil.gov.au.

Alternatively, contact Christie Anthoney from Festivals Adelaide on 08 7231 9961 or christie@festivalsadelaide.com.au

Register Now

Please register for the event here. Limited spaces available: maximum 2 x participants per organisation. Please indicate if you have any dietary or access requirements when registering.

Registration is managed by Festivals Adelaide.

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