arts management

Angela Plohman

Angela Plohman is a project manager and content developer of the Van Abbemuseum website. She is currently the director of BALTAN Laboratories, a new art and technology laboratory in Eindhoven (Netherlands).

From 1998 to 2001, she held the position of Program Officer at the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology in Montreal. In 2002, Angela moved to Amsterdam where she has worked on a wide array of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects in a freelance capacity. She has coordinated a two-year Culture 2000 funded project called exStream, which focused on the artistic use and development of open source streaming Foundation and was the Coordinating Director of the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts.

From 2005-2008, she was the Content Developer at, a partner initiative of the European Cultural Foundation.

She has also worked as a producer and researcher for the v2_Lab in Rotterdam and has written and published numerous texts for both online and convention publications.

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Claudia Toni

Claudia Toni is Music Advisor to the Secretariat of Culture (Sao Paulo).  

She has a long career as arts manager of cultural and musical institutions, having worked in this area since 1977 (at institutions such as Sao Paolo Municipal Theater, Mozarteum Brasileiro, Museum of Contemporary Art / University of Sao Paulo).

She was Executive Director of the Orquestra de Sao Paulo from 1998 to 2002. As Executive Director, she set up the administrative department, implementing a pioneering model of public administration for the Brazilian cultural sector, which included the training of core staff bodies to attend to the specific needs of the symphonic ensemble.

From 2003 to 2005 she was advisor to the State Governor of Sao Paulo, and in 2005/2006 she worked as Special Advisor to the Secretariat of Culture at the Sao Paulo City Hall. Claudia Toni has been a member of the Board of the International Society for the Performing Arts Foundation since 2006.

In addition, she works as a consultant for different institutions planning activities in Arts Administration.

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Tisa Ho

Tisa Ho is the Vice Chairman of the Association of Asian Performing Arts Festival and the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival (presenting over 200 performances by top local and international talent each year).

She worked in arts management, policy and planning, as well as in media and communication, including Radio Television Honk Kong, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Concert Hall. She also served on the Boards of the Substation Arts Centre, the Young Siew Toh Conservatory, and the Necessary Stage Theatre Company.

Her NGO work, which has focused on the empowerment of women, has included leadership of several women’s organisations at national and regional levels, and advocacy at national and UN assemblies. 

She is author and editor of several books including:

  • Ong Teng Cheong: Planner, Politician, President (2005)
  • Shangai Sisters (2010)
  • Building Social Space in Singapore (2002)
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Colm Croffy

Colm Croffy is the Executive Director of the Association of Irish Festivals and Events (AOIFE). He has been working in events and festival management across the educational, arts, business and cultural sectors.

He was the Students Union President of the University of Limerick, where he pursued a degree in European Studies – Public Affairs, after which he went to work as the Assistant Arts Offices. Then he worked for three years as the Director of the Mary From Dungloe Festival. In 1998 he returned to his native Ballinasloe (Ireland) as Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce.

He set up his own Consultancy Business in Media, Marketing and Event Management. Also, he is Co-coordinator for Ballinasloe Fair and Festival. He has been involved in the strategic of AOIFE as an all-island network of community and professional festival, events and toured and lectured extensively on the Irish, British and European Festival and Tourism industry circuits. In addition, he was contracted to act as the Operations Director with AOIFE.

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Ugo Bacchella

Ugo Bacchella is a founder and the president of Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, an international independent centre for research, training, planning and documentation on cultural, arts and media management, economics and policies. He is responsible for the general management of the Foundation and act as a Head of Training. Formerly, he was a Performing Arts Manager (1979-1987).

Additionally he has been a professor at the University of Bologna (Scuola di Economia, Management e Statistica) and, since 1995, at the International Centre for Culture and Management in Salzburg. Besides his teaching duties, he acts as a consultant to public and private organisations on strategic planning, feasibility studies, project management and as an expert on cultural policies (for the Council of Europe and the European Commission).

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Aglaee Degros

Aglaee Degros is a City of Vienna Visiting Professor and cofounder (with Stefan Bendiks) of the Artgineering urban planning office in Rotterdam. This agency works between spatial, social and cultural production in the public space. For this she was awarded the Karl Hofer prize of the Arts University of Berlin.

She is also a professor holding the Roland Rainder chair at the Vienna Academy of Arts and has been guest professor holding the interdisciplinary chair in urban culture and the public arena at Vienna Technical University. She recently published ‘Public space and the challenges of urban transformation in Europe and Brussels’ and ‘Brussels and the conquest of its public spaces’.

She held various lectures at amongst others: Palais des Congres Luik, Sint Lucas Brussels, Fashion Institute Amsterdam, Bouwnetwerk-Lisse, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and CIVA Brussels. Also, she is well-known for her publications ‘Artgineering/Blurred boundaries’, ‘City branding’, ‘Markant’, ‘Espace-vie’ and ‘The Artificial Landscape’.

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Toni Gonzalez

Toni Gonzales is an international consultant for arts and culture, design, organizing and advising international cultural projects in the field of contemporary performing arts and cultural policies. He is a member of IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting), where he was part of the Executive Committee for eight years. He was also vice-president of the Asociación de Profesionales de la Gestión Cultural de Catalunya (Catalan Association of Cultural Managers), co-founder and vice-president of the international network of performing arts markets EurAm Bourse and cofounder of Comedia Network, which promotes the dissemination of culturally diverse performing arts in Europe.

He recently worked as communication coordinator of ENICPA, content director of Feria Internacional de Teatro y Danza de Huesca, coordinator of Mov s (Space for International Exchange of Dance and Movement Arts) and curator of the programme International Theatres Management of Red de Teatros Públicos de España. Currently Toni is also in the list of experts of the European Commission Culture Programme.

He was also artistic director of the festival Barcelona Street Arts within the fiestas de La Mercè de Barcelona (from 1998 to 2003), artistic director of the Three Wise Kings Parade of Barcelona (2002 and 2003), project coordinator of NAUMON by la Fura dels Baus (2003-2004) and, for eight years, member of the direction team of the Feria de Teatro de Tàrrega (from 1991 to 1998).

Toni is involved in international cultural policy research and provides best practice advice in managing arts projects and cultural institutions. Most of the reports can be downloaded here. Some of his recent studies are: “Strategic plan for Basque Country performing arts internationalization” (2010), “Theatres in London, Berlin and the Netherlands” (3 handbooks, 2007, 2008, 2009), “Assessment of the dance sector in Catalonia” (2007 and 2009), “The Political and Legal Context of Private Support to the Culture in Canada and Quebec” (2007), “The Arts Councils in Europe” (4 reports: England, Scotland, Finland and the Netherlands – 2008), “The National Trust in England” (2006), “Practices and Models of Support to Contemporary Performing Arts in Europe” (2005), etc.

He has extensively lectured, taught and written on arts management, arts internationalisation and cultural policies at major cultural and artistic events and in professional media. Toni currently teaches arts management and cultural policy at the University of Zaragoza and regularly writes articles in “Entreacte” magazine. His blog Cultura es Política deals with the performing arts community in Spain and Latin America.

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Paolo Petrocelli

Paolo Petrocelli is an arts administrator, musicologist, violinist, researcher, professor and UNESCO Expert in Music (Italian National Commission for UNESCO). He is also founder and president of EMMA for Peace, Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace, a non-profit global umbrella organization for music education and cultural diplomacy; a network of music institutions, universities and philanthropic foundations brought together in the shared interest of music and the promotion of peace in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions.

His other positions are: UNESCO Youth Delegate for Italy (2011), President Junior Chamber International Italy (Rome), Leader of the Italian National Network of the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network, Member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum, Member of the Youth Committee of the International Music Council, Member of the Youth Committee of the European Music Council (2008-2010) and Ambassador for the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe, Family member of The Festival One Week. One Europe. Berlin 2012, Board Member of Plain Ink and Powering Education.

Paolo worked in the organization of international music and film festivals such as Tuscan Sun Festival, English Music Festival, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Accademia delle Crete Senesi, Rome Film Festival, Roma Independent Film Festival.

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Anthony Attard

Anthony Attard is a cultural policy consultant, creative economy advisor, arts manager, actor and theatre director. Since 2010 he has been working as Creative Economy Advisor at the Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment in Malta to develop a national strategy for cultural and creative industries.

He is one of the authors of Malta’s cultural policy and independent cultural expert for the Compendium of Cultural Polices and Trends in Europe . Anthony is also a theatre performer, stage director and drama tutor.

In 2009 he was selected by the British Council to participate in the Cultural Leadership International programme, a yearlong programme on cultural leadership with 35 future cultural leaders from around the globe.

Before joining the Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment, he worked as Arts Manager and EU projects executive at the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity ( from 2006 until 2009, where he was responsible for international projects. Moreover, in 2008 he was appointed National Coordinator for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

Anthony graduated in 2004 with honors in Communications and Theatre Studies at the University of Malta. As a Chevening Scholar he completed his postgraduate degree in Cultural Management and Policy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh with practice-based research on cultural identity and cooperation.

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Baiba Tjarve

Baiba Tjarve is a PhD student at Latvian Academy of Culture and her research is entitled “Institutional Transformations in Latvian Culture in the Post-Communist Transition Period until 2010″. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts (Programme in Theatre Science, University of Latvia) and European Master’s Degree in Management of Artistic and Cultural Activities (ECUMEST Program (Romania) / School of Commerce of Dijon (France)).

She is also a lecturer in cultural management and contributes to the projects of the NGO “Culturelab,” publishes news on cultural policy at its website ( and updates the Latvian profile at the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe (

Baiba was one of the founders of the New Theatre Institute of Latvia in 1998 and was its Director until 2004. During this period she carried out numerous international and national projects in the contemporary performing arts field, cultural management and cultural policy. Among them was the International Festival of Contemporary Theatre “Homo Novus”.

She was a lecturer at the Academy of Culture, Master Programme in Cultural Management (1998-2001) and for two years (1999-2000) she was an international fellow at the OSI International Fellowship Programme carrying out research on Baltic performing arts policies.

She has contributed to numerous publications on performing arts and cultural policy issues published in different newspapers and magazines. The “Guide to Development of an Application for a Cultural Project” was published by the Cultural Endowment Fund of Latvia in 2004.

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