JOHAN GIJSEN NEW INTENDANT OF FUND PROGRAMME FAST FORWARD

01 June 2021
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The Performing Arts Fund NL has appointed Johan Gijsen as intendant of the Fund programme ‘Fast Forward: talent in international context’. The programme offers talented mid-career makers the opportunity to develop their practice on the international stage.
As intendant, Gijsen will work with a group of scouts from the Dutch performing arts world to link talented performing artists to a foreign producer, company, venue or festival. Gijsen succeeds Viktorien van Hulst, who was intendant of Fast Forward until mid-March. Van Hulst is set to become the new director of the Performing Arts Fund NL on 1 July 2021.

Gijsen: “It is an honour and a pleasure to succeed Van Hulst in this role. With the rich experience and extensive network of the scouts, we will continue to promote the careers of leading Dutch talents in an international context. We help makers’ dreams come true, and it’s wonderful that I can contribute to this as intendant.”

Johan Gijsen is the director and co-founder of the Utrecht music festival Le Guess Who?. He previously worked as programmer at TivoliVredenburg and was also closely involved in the development of the festival Into The Great Wide Open.

Fast Forward
The Fund’s programme 'Fast Forward: talent in international context’ has existed since 1 January 2014. With Fast Forward, talented mid-career performing artists are given the opportunity to pursue a personal artistic development project in collaboration with a foreign partner. The first edition enabled 11 makers to realise their project. The second edition kicked off at the end of 2019.

More information about Fast Forward is available here .
Amala Dianor - DUB | Photo: © Pierre Gondard
Amala Dianor - DUB | Photo: © Pierre Gondard
Marmoucha Orchestra on stage | Photo: © M3B GmbH/Jens Schlenker
Marmoucha Orchestra on stage | Photo: © M3B GmbH/Jens Schlenker
Credit: © Vika Strawberrika via Unsplash
Credit: © Vika Strawberrika via Unsplash
Pete Harden | Photo: © Tessa Veldhorst
Pete Harden | Photo: © Tessa Veldhorst