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Salzburg Global Forum for
Young Cultural Leaders

The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders brought together fifty dynamic young cultural leaders from around the world in Salzburg, Austria for an intensive leadership development program. NAS partnered with the Salzburg Global Seminar, a non-profit organization known for its global convening power, to present this event, which provided a unique learning opportunity for “next generation” cultural leaders from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. This program, held in October 2012, was designed to help young cultural practitioners improve their leadership skills to enable them and their organizations to thrive in a field characterized by rapid change, uncertainty and limited resources. At the same time, the program was intended to enhance international understanding and cultural exchange and to strengthen the cultural sector worldwide through a vital global network of young cultural leaders.


Participants in this program:

  • Received practical training in critical skills to help them hone their leadership capacity in a challenging and supportive environment
  • Received guidance on applying the learning from the session in their respective contexts and sharing the acquired knowledge with peers to obtain a multiplier effect 
  • Participated in the establishment of a global creative change agents community for continuing dialogue, collaboration and advocacy, supported by a virtual platform and catalyzed by a core group of  five participants (one from each continent) who serve as “class agents”

This program included plenary sessions and panel discussions focusing on overarching issues confronting arts organizations worldwide and sessions focusing on practical training in critical leadership skills. Plenary sessions were presented by expert faculty and leading practitioners from around the world. There was ample time for breakout group conversations in which leaders shared their insights and experiences with each other.

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Participants (Fellows) had a minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in the cultural sector and were approximately 25-35 years old.  They came from all continents and represented a broad spectrum of cultural expression and artistic endeavor – from dance, music and theater to visual media, museums, cultural heritage institutions and festivals.  The Fellows are emerging leaders in their fields, with a strong interest in strengthening the position of arts institutions within their societies.  Participants were selected – through an application and nomination process – to bring a diversity of professional knowledge, experience and focus as well as regional, cultural and gender diversity.


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Salzburg Global Seminar


Salzburg Global Seminar
Schloss Leopoldskron
Salzburg, Austria

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