International Festival Encounters for emerging professionals

A prestigious five-day summer school for ambitious producers, programmers, creative artists and performers is seeking new recruits. Participation is by selection only and interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter outlining what they hope to achieve from their participation in the course.

Taking place from 18 – 22 August, International Festival Encounters is delivered by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) and draws on a wealth of experience in the sector. Students will immerse themselves in EIF by attending a series of shows that will act as a focus point for discussion, with Blak Whyte Gray, The Damnation of Faust and Real Magic all on the schedule. Highlights of the 2017 programme include face-to-face learning opportunities with key figures in the arts such as EIF director, Fergus Linehan.

Previous speakers have included, among others, Ed Bartlam (co-director, Underbelly); Jed Bernstein (president, Lincoln Centre of Performing Arts); Muriel Gray (journalist / broadcaster); Dirk Hesse (director, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch); Lux (theatre director, Thalia Theatre), Jonathan Mills (EIF director 2006-14) and Max Richter (composer).

The course takes place at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is open to ages 18 and over. Tuition for the summer school costs £520 (excluding travel and accommodation), with Agnes Allan Bursaries available for those who need assistance with costs.