Call for Applications: 2010 AAPAF Internship Award



Call for Applications:


2010 AAPAF Internship Award

The chance for young festival managers and arts administrators to go behind the scenes of international arts festivals has returned. Applications for the 2010 Association of Asian Performing Arts Festivals (AAPAF) Internship Award are now open to the public.


First introduced in 2008, the annual international award is aimed at nurturing Asia-based professionals in festival and arts management by providing them meaningful internships in AAPAF’s network of member festivals.


Under the Award programme, AAPAF will offer select up to two candidates to perform overseas internships in selected AAPAF member festivals for at least four weeks from 1 Apr 2010 to 31 Mar 2011. The scope of internship responsibilities vary from festival programming and production management, to marketing and public relations. Interns will have the opportunity to learn the inner workings of festival management, and immerse themselves in the arts and culture of their host festivals and cities. Each intern will receive a US$2,000 AAPAF grant to help defray the costs of their travel and living expenses.


Member festivals participating in the 2010 AAPAF Internship Award programme include the Singapore Arts Festival; Hong Kong Arts Festival; Seoul Performing Arts Festival andTongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea; and OzAsia Festival in Adelaide,Australia.


AAPAF is an international network of festivals and arts organisations that promotes exchange, co-operation and collaboration within and beyond Asia. The Internship Award is AAPAF’s first major public initiative to bridge Asian arts professionals and the AAPAF community in order to deepen and expand knowledge of festival management and development in Asia.


The two recipients of the inaugural 2009 Internship Award were Natalie Chong and Carol So. Natalie performed her internship at the 2009 Hong Kong Arts Festival and supported the delivery of the festival by helping to organise an arts exhibition and symposium. A media manager of an independent theatre company in Malaysia, Natalie says of her internship experience: “As an intern, I was involved in various functions of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and was able to observe the operations and integration between the different festival departments.” Carol is a dance administrator based in Hong Kong, and as part of her internship at the 2009 OzAsia Festival, supported the host festival’s marketing and delivery, including its Moon Lantern Festival, Symposium and Dance events.


Applications for the 2010 Award are open to residents in Asia, aged 35 years and below, with at least three years of working experience in festival management or arts administration. Application forms are available for download from and all submissions must be received by the AAPAF Secretariat by 1 February 2010.