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International Festival Encounters

An inspiring summer school for exclusive engagement with international arts leaders

Introduction

 

RCS and the University of Edinburgh offers an immersive five-day programme for ambitious producers, programmers, creative artists and performers.

This unique summer school develops artistic entrepreneurial skills in the context of one of the world’s most iconic arts festivals – the Edinburgh International Festival.

You will have the opportunity to attend festival events, engage and network with inspiring artists, directors and producers, and share and reflect critically on your own and others’ artistic practice.

Every element of this summer school is tailored towards enabling you to develop the knowledge and skills required to engage with your practice at a higher professional level.

A highlight of the programme will be a series of encounters with leading figures in the arts.

Participation includes tickets to key Edinburgh International Festival events and moderated discussions of the performances. There will also be opportunities for participants to present their own ideas and vision in the presence of visiting professionals.

Join us on this incredible networking opportunity and be part of something where ideas of creativity can be realised and progressed. A detailed programme of performances and activities is listed in the Course outline section on the menu to the right. You can see a list of previous performance highlights here. A full programme of performances, talks and workshops will be confirmed in Spring 2018.

We have some bursary support available for applicants – please click here to view information about the Agnes Allan Bursary Award.

Keep up with the latest news on our Twitter: @IFEncounters

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 1 July 2018 at 12pm.

In partnership with:

 

University of Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

RCS and the University of Edinburgh offers an immersive five-day programme for ambitious producers, programmers, creative artists and performers.

This unique summer school develops artistic entrepreneurial skills in the context of one of the world’s most iconic arts festivals – the Edinburgh International Festival.

You will have the opportunity to attend festival events, engage and network with inspiring artists, directors and producers, and share and reflect critically on your own and others’ artistic practice.

Every element of this summer school is tailored towards enabling you to develop the knowledge and skills required to engage with your practice at a higher professional level.

A highlight of the programme will be a series of encounters with leading figures in the arts.

Participation includes tickets to key Edinburgh International Festival events and moderated discussions of the performances. There will also be opportunities for participants to present their own ideas and vision in the presence of visiting professionals.

Join us on this incredible networking opportunity and be part of something where ideas of creativity can be realised and progressed. A detailed programme of performances and activities is listed in the Course outline section on the menu to the right. You can see a list of previous performance highlights here. A full programme of performances, talks and workshops will be confirmed in Spring 2018.

We have some bursary support available for applicants – please click here to view information about the Agnes Allan Bursary Award.

Keep up with the latest news on our Twitter: @IFEncounters

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 1 July 2018 at 12pm.

In partnership with:

 

University of Edinburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 



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Entry requirements

Entry to this course is subject to a selection process and all applicants are required to submit a CV and covering letter explaining what you hope to achieve through participation in the course. These can be emailed to IFE@rcs.ac.uk.

Short course feedback

“What a great programme! I feel inspired and empowered. Just as important as the speakers, was meeting my fellow participants who I know I’ll stay in touch with. Various expertise and experience – and all so generous.”

“It is a fantastic programme and it’s given me the inspiration and courage to pursue my own path and dreams.”

“A wonderful introduction to a network of talented and open minded people. The course gave me scope to reflect on my own practice and means to rethink it. The work we have encountered was thoroughly exceptional and a privilege to experience…”

“This programme has been amazing, proudly the best networking opportunity and a place in which ideas of creativity can be realised.”

“I felt the course exceeded my expectations. The speakers that attended the course were very appropriate for my development as a producer.”

“The course was actually beyond my expectations. The speakers were absolutely top-notch and the cohort of participants impressed me as well.”

“Great access point to the festival and understanding its vital workings. Such a great group of people. An invaluable opportunity to take time to consider my own practice.”

“The quality, breadth and depth of the speakers’ experience, and their willingness to share it has been incredibly heartening.”

“I feel more confident in finding resources, asking for things and approaching people. I don’t know how this happened in such a short space of time.”

“I’m going to recommend this course to every artist and creative professional I know.”

“It was an incredible opportunity to meet so many people in the industry.”

Previous Speakers / Guest Artists

Ed Bartlam (Co-Director – Underbelly)

Jed Bernstein (President – Lincoln Centre of Performing Arts)

Mary Brennan (The Herald)

Svend Brown (Artistic Director)

Sorcha Carey (Edinburgh Art Festival)

Linda Crooks (Executive Producer, Traverse Theatre)

Jo Crowley (Producer – 1927)

Graham Eatough (Producer / Director – Lanark)

Candice Edmunds (Vox Motus)

Pat Fisher (Principal Curator – Talbot Rice Gallery)

Dr Mary Fogarty (York University, Toronto)

Muriel Gray (Journalist / Broadcaster)

Jamie Harrison (Vox Motus)

Dirk Hesse (Director – Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch)

Dominic Hill (Artistic Director – Citizens Theatre)

Louise Jeffreys (Barbican Centre)

David Jones (Director – Serious Music / London Jazz Festival)

Paul Lightfoot (Nederlands Dans Theater)

Fergus Linehan (Director – Edinburgh International Festival)

Liz Lochead (Poet / Playwright)

Joachim Lux (Theatre Director – Thalia Theatre)

Prof. Sir Jonathan Mills (Edinburgh International Festival Director 2006-14 / Composer)

Kate Molleson (The Guardian/ BBC)

Luk Perceval (Actor / Theatre Director – HET TONEELHUIS)

Toni Racklin (Head of Theatre – Barbican Centre)

Max Richter (Composer)

Mark Saunders (Head of Classical and Contemporary Text, RCS, until 2017)

 

 

Performance Highlights

As part of the bespoke programme, participants will attend a series of Edinburgh International Festival events. Previous highlights include:

2017

  • Blue Boy: Blak Whyte Gray
  • Vox Motus: Flight
  • Macbeth: Teatro Regio Torino
  • The Old Vic: The Divide
  • Nederlands Dans Theater: The missing door / Stop-Motion

2016

  • Scottish Ballet: Emergence
  • Cheek by Jowl: Measure for Measure
  • The Glass Menagerie (Director, John Tiffany)
  • São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

2015

  • Complicite Symposium: The Encounter
  • The Encounter
  • Antigone
  • 887
  • Max Richter
  • Lanark

2014

  • FRONT
  • Sweet Mambo
  • Exhibit B
  • Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony
  • Helen Lawrence

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look.

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

How to apply

Please note a deposit of £50 will be required upon application to this course, this deposit will be refunded in full if your application is unsuccessful. Payment of the balance of the tuition fee is payable once applicants have been notified that they have been successful in their application to the course and have been sent the second-stage booking link.

Who is this course for?

The course is for ambitious producers, programmers and performers from all over the globe who want to develop their artistic entrepreneurship skills and experience.

Previous participants include:

  • Producers
  • Programmers
  • Writers
  • Directors
  • Festival Managers
  • Performance Artists
  • Arts Administrators

From organisations such as:

  • Abu Dhabi Festival
  • Auckland Arts Festival
  • London City Art Festival
  • National Theatre of Scotland
  • NVA
  • Rough Magic Theatre Company
  • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Place
  • Wigmore Hall