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

The South Asia Festival & Culture Academy is running an Intermediate course, to commence in January 2024. 

The South Asia Festival Academy has been successfully delivered over past three years and is now UK-accredited in alignment with academic BA Hons courses. Content for the Intermediate course has been designed to address the South Asian festival and culture context, and is taught by festival academics and experts from the UK and South Asia.

The Academy course will provide a 10-week immersive, structured, skills development programme for festival directors, founders, entrepreneurs, and senior managers of arts and cultural festivals across South Asia.

Please refer to the Festivals For the Future programme link for our work in details - Festivals for the Future | British Council

Key Dates

The next intake started in January 2024 and is fully booked.  The sessions take place every Monday from 3-6pm (IST) for 10 weeks, starting on Monday 15th January.

Applications closed on 19th November 2023. Applicants have been notified if they have been successful.

Entry requirements

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

  • South Asia Festival & Culture Academy (SAFCA) (Intermediate Level) is open to festival directors, founders, entrepreneurs, and senior managers of the arts and culture sector across South Asia.
  • Applications will be accepted from those who can demonstrate active experience in a senior leadership role and have 5-10 years’ experience of working within the festival and/or culture sector.

When applying, you should carefully follow the attached guidance for applicants, especially with regards to the personal statement.

Fees and funding

Full cost per student = £750

British Council subsidised funding per student = £500

Total fee to be paid per student = £250

The Beginner's course offered a well-defined structure, easy to understand approach and practical theories that can be applied in the real world.”

Vardaan Tewari

Participant 2021

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

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