This Beginners’ course forms part of The South Asia Festival & Culture Academy, which is a unique partnership between British Council and Edinburgh Napier University. It aims to develop and strengthen the festivals sector across South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka).

Edinburgh Napier University, in partnership with British Council, are delighted to offer the second edition of the South Asia Festival & Culture Academy (Beginner Level) course, which aims to develop and strengthen the festivals sector across South Asia through capacity building. The programme is accredited online ‘distance learning’ programme between South Asia and the UK for festivals industry practitioners early in their careers.

The course is open to applicants early in their festival career across Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The 10-week immersive, structured, skills development course, delivered online by experts from the UK and South Asia. 

The Academy comprises weekly workshops over a 10-week period covering topics such as festival marketing, sustainability, human resources, programming and artistic development, budgeting, financing festivals, diversity and inclusion, risk management and logistics/project management of festivals.

More information is available on the Festivals for the Future website and the Festivals from India resources from British Council. 

Start Date

The next entry date for the Beginner's course is still to be confirmed. Please bookmark this page and visit over the autumn to see the dates as soon as they are confirmed.


Entry requirements

The course is open to applications from those based in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.


Applications will be accepted from entry-level and early-career professionals with experience of up to five years in festivals or cultural venues/events in South Asia.

Please see the attached attached guidance for applicants which provides details of how to apply and what information to include within your personal statement.

Fees and funding

Full cost per participant = TBC


British Council provides partial funding for each participant 


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A truly invaluable learning experience. Each session helped me to understand my strengths and the areas I need to improve when planning my next big event. I'm grateful for this amazing opportunity.

Malindi Jayathunga

Event Manager - AkuruCon 2021

If you have any enquiries, please get in touch with our student recruitment team

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