Festival Management Training

University Courses

There has been huge growth worldwide in the provision of festival and event management undergraduate and post graduate degree programmes over the past decade. There is a growing choice for areas of study with full-time, part time and distance learning options available.  As well as an opportunity to receive a relevant qualification, many students on these courses are looking for internships and volunteer opportunities with festival and event organisations.  With a growing number of festival and event academics worldwide, there is an increasing body of research on all aspects of festival and event management some of which can be found in the resources section of this site.

Edinburgh Napier University
Oxford Brookes University
University of Surrey
University of Northampton
Bournemouth University
University of Suffolk
London Metropolitan University
University of Brighton
De Montfort University Leicester
University of Wolverhampton
Leeds Beckett University
Anglia Ruskin University
University of Hertfordshire
University of Chichester
University of Winchester
University of West London
University of Sunderland
University of Essex
University of Lincoln
Coventry University
Ulster University
University of Westminster
University of Huddersfield
University of Derby
Manchester Metropolitan University
University of Plymouth
University of the West of Scotland
University College Birmingham
Vives University (Belgium)
IBHU University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Swiss Hotel Management School (Switzerland)
NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)
Macromedia University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Humak University
University of the Arts Helsinki
Copenhagen Business School
Mount Royal University
Indiana University Bloomington
Metropolitan State University of Denvor
California University of Pennsylvania
Iowa State University
Florida International University
Lynn University
Southern Illinois University
Centennial College (Canada)
Flinders University
Southern Cross University
Griffith University
University of South Australia
International College of Management Sydney
Torrens University Australia
William Angliss Institute
Auckland University of Technology

Conferences and Professional Development

Conferences are a good way to find out the latest developments in the world of festivals and events as well as an opportunity to network with industry colleagues.  The following organisations regularly arrange conferences and professional development events.

International Festival and Events Association
European Festivals Association
British Arts Festivals Association
Festivals and Events Ontario
Association of irish Festivals and Events
Event Training Australia
New Zealand Events Association
International Live Event Association
NordicBaltic Festival Platform

A great place to network with like-minded people!

The course is very welcoming and gives participants the space to be creative and assess their own events from a critical standpoint. Paul is knowledgeable, inspiring and charming, and makes participants feel at ease. It’s also a great place to network with like-minded people!
Reykjavík Fringe

I Got One A-Ha Moment After Another!

You`re sharing so much practical knowledge and brilliant examples, I got one a-ha moment after another! LOTS of useful ideas (and energy!) to bring back home. Hilmarfestivalen, Norway

Reinvent Our Town

Amazing ideas to not only reinvent my events, but also reinvent our town. Rural City of Wangaratta

Empowered and Buzzing With Ideas

An inspiring and informative masterclass session. I left empowered and buzzing with ideas. City of Greater Geelong

I Highly Recommend This Masterclass!

I had the most wonderful experience. It’s great to go to a course that gives you tangible and useful information that you can go away and implement yourself. I highly recommend this Masterclass! Feast Festival

A Brilliantly Practical Course

A brilliantly practical course for anyone in the event management industry, no matter how experienced! Sydney Music Expo

Food for Thought

The masterclass on festivals gave food for thought, presented in an inspiring and refreshing way. CODA Oslo International Dance Festival

Head Full of Ideas and New Energy

I left the masterclass with my head full of ideas and new energy and A Great sense of believing in festivals as the best method to bring People and art/culture together. Billund Kommune

The Ultimate Crash Course in Festival Management!

The course was a vitamin injection in how to manage a festival and also how to evolve it. In short: The ultimate Crash Course in festival management! City of Sodertalje

I Can Highly Recommend It

The course was highly skilled, personal and interesting all the way through! I can highly recommend it – the time spent with Paul is spent really well! Salaam Film & Dialogue

Get the Creative Juices Flowing.

Paul is a wealth of knowledge and fun to listen to. It’s clear he knows his stuff and gave us great mini-exercises to get the creative juices flowing. I can’t wait to bring some of the ideas I generated in is class to my city! Brockville & 1000 Islands Tourism

A Unique and Creative Set of Tools

Paul is an incredibly talented and passionate individual with a wealth of knowledge on festivals and events. Participating in the Festival and Event Management Masterclass has provided me with a unique and creative set of tools and a deeper understanding to improve my abilities as an Event Manager. After completing the two day course I have a greater understanding of how to develop events and how to give them a point of difference from those that are already established. Carclew, South Australia

…inspired me to broaden my mind and widen my parameters

The Festival and Event Management Masterclass 2019: Paul’s knowledge and experience in this area is phenomenal. The information gained from the masterclass has been tremendously helpful and has inspired me to broaden my mind and widen my parameters. The education I received was utilised immediately. I was sending off emails during class to my festival team! The Basin Music Festival

A Variety of Tips and Tools that I can Pass on

As a local government officer providing support for event organisers in our municipality, this course provided me with a variety of tips and tools that I can pass on as well as giving me the opportunity to look more critically at how we as a council support events and what we can do differently or better. Coming from a small rural municipality, this sort of networking is usually hard to come by so it was a nice bonus on top of a great course!, Alpine Shire Council

Now Our Dance Festival Will Be Even Better

I think everyone should take the class a second time. This got me to see how I had implemented some of the suggestions from the last class and how our festival had improved by it. This time around the class gave me tons of new ideas thanks to Paul and the other participants. Now our dance festival will be even better once again. Abundance International Dance Festival

Worked Miracles for Us!

Great, inspirational course. Worked miracles for us! Malmö Eid-Festival

A Brilliant Two Days

Thank you Paul for a brilliant two days! The material delivered was interesting and highly relevant to our industry. Your presentation was full of inspirational ideas on how we can improve and refine our events, which I found very motivating. I am grateful to you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us. Thank you once again! Wine Geelong

Paul’s knowledge is second-to-none…

Affable and highly knowledgeable, Paul Gudgin has condensed 30 years of festivals industry know-how into two days of intensive learning, offering advice on anything from grassroots to strategic aspects of developing festivals, across all areas. Paul’s knowledge is second-to-none making this workshop a must-attend event for festival and arts workers at any stage of their careers.

West Australian Music (WAM)

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