The International Festival Academy was organized by the European Festivals Association (EFA) in collaboration with Armel Opera Festival between 2–8 June 2016. The event has been held annually for 10 years at various venues around the world. (In 2015 the Academy was hosted by Beirut.) It was a great honor for Hungary that this time Budapest was selected as a venue to accommodate ten prominent international representatives of the profession and the 42 chosen young festival managers from five continents. The International Festival Academy offered a one-week international training course for the young participants, where they received comprehensive personal guidance from experts on issues ranging from artistic vision, political and social responsibility to networking. The course was held at the Budapest Music Center, with visits to various institutions in the evenings. Further information: