Festivals Academy is a professional development programme covering core skills of festival business management and arts practice. It is aimed at developing entrepreneurial capacity for the burgeoning festivals' enterprise economy in India.

In 2019, we led a series of professional development residency courses with access to international arts management and creative opportunity working with various festival partners in Goa and Guwahati.

In 2020-21, Festivals Academy undergoes a transformation to embrace the new normal keeping pace with the digital age. As part of this, we will develop an online platform for festival managers and creative leaders with expert trainers and festival directors running the arts management training course in the UK and India.

About Festivals Academy 2020-21

Starting Monday 18 January 2021, British Council in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University is hosting the online, 8-week development programme - Festivals Academy Digital Intermediate Course.

The programme will be delivered through Edinburgh Napier University's Moodle based platform Global Online. It will be jointly run by festival experts Tom Wilcox and Kate Ward from UK partners Counterculture, with Divya Bhatia, Festival Director and producer of Jodhpur RIFF.

Festivals Academy alumni will be networked through a partnership with Dara - a digital app that enables artists to connect with each other, supported by the British Council.