As an artist or artistic director, you are aware of the importance of creativity and know-how. In order to allow you to realise your artistic work in the best possible way, I propose tailor-made solutions for all management aspects of your project.
My consultancy is based on a broad knowledge in management and finances, many years of practical experience in the international arts sector and a profound understanding of production processes of artistic projects. Through my experience as managing director of several international festivals, I have a large European network and knowledge of national and international funding structures and grant-regulations.
I am pleased to offer this experience and knowledge to facilitate exciting artistic projects.
Evaluation of Creative Europe02.12.2015
Money for the arts02.12.2015
Software for Cultural Projects III21.04.2015
Creative Europe – Results and next round21.04.2015
Opening of the Asian Arts Theatre in Guangju – Korea21.04.2015
Software fur cultural projects II06.11.2014
A contemporary theatre in Gwangju / Korea06.11.2014
New Director for the Young Arab Theatre Fund06.11.2014
Software for cultural projects27.05.2014
Meeting Points 7 in Vienna27.05.2014
I participated in a workshop for the mid-term evaluation of the European cultural program Creative Europe in Berlin. About 30 experienced project-managers and representatives of supporting organisations discussed positive and negative aspects of the program that was launched two years ago. The discussion will be incorporated in the official evaluation of the German federal Ministry to the European Union.
The German federal state has allocated some additional money for innovative artistic projects. A new network of production houses for performing arts (Hebbel am Ufer, Kampnagel, Mousonturm, Hellerau, PACT Zollverein, Forum Freies Theater and Tanzhaus NRW) will receive an amount of 12 million euro. The international Dance House in Wuppertal will receive a total amount of 28,2 million euro for its starting phase. And the Berliner Festspiele receives 9 million euro for a three-year cooperation project with ARTE.
In the last weeks, we installed the application that I developed together with two IT-specialists at HAU-Hebbel am Ufer.
The program is based on Filemaker 13 and supports the team of HAU in the management of all artistic projects. All collaborators should find all information linked to projects here: What is the duration of the performance? When do the artists arrive and where do they stay? What are the technical aspects of the project and what the activities linked to it? Which staff is attributed to the project? What is the budget and which part has already been spent?
We now start to present the software to other cultural organisations. If you want to join for one of these presentations, please feel free to contact me.
The EU just pubished the results of the second round of the program Creativa Europe. In total, more than 600 projects were introduced, and 64 small copperation projects and 16 large cooperation projects were awarded. You can find all results here.
The next deadline for Creative Europe is fixed on the 7th of October 2015. If you need any help to prepare your project or application form, feel free to contact me.
In September, the Asian Arts Theatre in Guangju (Korea) will be opened with a three-week-festival. The questions that this amitious project raise are huge: “What is Asian art? What is contemporary art? What does it mean to embrace these questions?” Over the last three years, I had the pleasure to follw this project as adviser, now I am looking forward for the result. The program of the festival and the first season can be found here.
In the next weeks, we will install our new software for the management of cultural projects at HAU – Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. The application is based on FileMaker 13 and covers all aspects of cultural projects: Information management, budgeting and scheduling. After the installation and a first evaluation, the software will be available to other organisations beginning of next year. For more information, please feel free to contact me.
One of the most ambitious cultural projects of Asia is currently being developed in the city of Gwangju, in the South-Western part of Korea. The Asian Artist Complex includes a contemporary theatre. Its team under the direction of Seonghee Kim (formerly Seoul Festival) is currently developing the program of the opening festival in August 2015. Since two years, I am advising the project in project development, management and finance. More information about the opening soon.
After more than ten years, Tarek El-Fetouh left the Brussels based organisation he has founded. Since October, Mai Abu ElDahab is the new director of the organisation. Mai worked previously as director of the Antwerp based Objectif Exhibitions and as co-curator of the last Liverpool Biennale. Beginning of December, YATF will present its renewed grants-program that will be focused on the support of projects with a link to the Southern Mediterranean area. Since three years, I am supporting YATF in financial management. More information soon on here.
Together with two experienced database-programmers, I am developing a software for the management of cultural projects. The application will be based on FileMaker 13 and cover all aspects of cultural projects: Information management, budgeting and scheduling. A first version of the software will be introduced at HAU – Hebbel am Ufer in the second part of the year. More news here soon.
Meeting Points 7 is still running at 21er Haus in Vienna in the frame of Wiener Festwochen until end of August. The exhibition from Young Arab Theatre Fund that has been curated by the Zagreb-based collectiv WHW presents a selection of very political artistic works from the last four decades. More information about the artists and the project can be found here and here.
Areas of Expertise
The focus of my consultancy for developing new projects is set on cohesion between artistic content, organisation and management. I advise you in defining the project aims, developing and implementing working structures and procedures, on budgeting and identifying sources of funding, as well as on the recruitment and training of collaborators and all other managing aspects of your project – either on a short-term basis or for the entire duration of the project.
The focus of my consultancy for directors of cultural organisations is set on developing, improving and implementing management instruments and on supporting in case of reorientation and change of directorship: Developing mid- and long-term strategies, implementing financial and controlling instruments, improving working structures and procedures, personnel management and leadership abilities. Consultancy can be offered either on a short-term basis or for a longer period, i.e. as interim-manager within the organisation.
As regards the financing of cultural projects, my consultancy is focussed on grant-applications to the European Union and international foundations. It includes conceiving projects, writing applications, researching international cooperation partners as well as the administrative and financial follow-up of awarded projects.
Software-Development HAU – Hebbel am Ufer
Asian Arts Theatre (Guangju, Korea)
European Concert Hall Organisation (Echo)
macbEth, a post-colonial opera based on music more or less by Verdi
Meeting Points 7
Südpol | MusikTanzTheater (Lucerne)
The Artists‘ Network
Together with two database-specialists, I developed a project-management application for the Berlin theatre HAU – Hebbel am Ufer. Since beginning of 2015, the application supports the team of HAU in the preparation and realisation of all projects. The application is based on FileMaker 13 and covers all aspects of cultural projects: Information management, budgeting and scheduling.
We are currently developing the application for other cultural institutions.
The city of Guangju in the south-western part of South Korea has developed one of the most important cultural projects in Asia, including the Asian Arts Theatre as a contemporary presentation and production house. The theatre opened its doors in September 2015.
Together with Frie Leysen, Max-Philip Aschenbrenner and Kim Seong-Hee, I developed a masterplan for the performing arts programme as part of the cultural centre. The plan included strategic guidelines, suggestions on positioning the theatre in a national and international context, a detailed budget for the initial years and a time schedule. Also, I advised the director of AAT and her team in management questions until the opening of the theatre.
The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) is an active network bringing together many of the major concert halls in Europe in order to promote professional exchange, shared reflection and the initiation of joint initiatives.The network is co-financed by the European Union.
I developed and implemented for ECHO a tailor-made financial reporting system which allows the different partners of the EU-project an accurate and easy registration of their expenditures and a real-time comparison between the budget and the actual costs. Also, the system simplifies the financial reporting of the project coordinator to the European Union.
One of the most important stage directors from South Africa, Brett Bailey, realised a new interpretation of Verdi’s opera Macbeth. Set in Central Africa within the context of roving rebel armies, foreign mercenaries, horrific brutality and the plundering of natural resources by multinationals, this work is an anarchic deconstruction of the original opera.
I prepared an application for the strand 3rd countries of the European Union for the production and the presentation of this new work. The EU selected this project together with seven others. The application was submitted by the festival Theaterformen in Hanover/Germany; co-organisers of the project are Wiener Festwochen in Vienna/Austria, KVS in Brussels/Belgium, Barbican in London/UK and Ferme du Buisson associated with Festival d’Automne in Paris/France. The piece was premiered in May 2014 and is presented worldwide since then.
Dampfzentrale Bern presents contemporary music, dance and theatre performances from Swiss and international artists. The venue is also an active co-producer of new artistic works and organiser of the annual festival Tanz in Bern.
In the frame of a new directorship I advised the new director on different aspects of the management of the house, including financial management, working structures, personnel management and definition of strategic guidelines. I also implemented a controlling system and several working tools for the team-members and advised on the restructuring the administration of the organisation.
The festival Meeting Points is organised by the Brussels based Young Arab Theatre Fund and presents contemporary arts in several European and Arab cities. The 7th edition of the festival was curated by the collective whw from Zagreb. It took place in Antwerp, Berlin, Vienna, Cairo, Beirut, Hong-Kong, Moscow and Zagreb between winter 2013 and summer 2014.
I acted as managing director for Meeting Points 7. This included the definition of strategic guidelines in co-operation with the project leader and the curators, setting up a budget and accountancy system as well as the reasearch for financing.
Südpol | MusikTanzTheater is a platform and promoter of a young performing arts (music, dance and theatre) in Lucerne, Switzerland. The artistic programme comprises own productions, co-productions and guest performances.
In the framework of a new direction, I developed a new accountancy system, a tailor-made budgeting tool as well as a reporting system for the Board. I also advised the new director of Südpol on management matters.
During my work as managing director of kunstenfestivaldesarts, I initiated the project nxtstp that received a five-year grant from the Culture-2007-programme of the European Union. The project consists of a network of European festivals for the co-production and presentation of new artistic works from a new generation of artists. Members of the network are steirischerherbst from Austria, Alkantara from Lisbon, Helsinki Festival, RotterdamseSchouwburg, Baltoscandal and the Théâtre National from Bordeaux.
I developed the concept of the project, wrote and submitted the application and coordinated the implementation of the project during the first three years. In the meantime, nxtstp was awarded for a new period of five years by the European Union.
In 2013, I initiated a network of independent theatre companies called „The Artists’ Network“ for which an application for a five-year-grant was submitted to the European Union. The project aimed to support the international work of seven European companies and the development of a network of companies that work on an international level in order to stimulate know-how and best practices.
The application was introduced by the Antwerp-based company Berlin, partners were Vivarium Studio – Philippe Quesne (Paris), ancompany&Co. (Berlin), Institutet (Malmö), Béla Pintér and Company (Budapest) and MundoPerfeito (Lissabon). Unfortunately, the application at the EU was not successful.
Seonghee Kim, Artistic Director Asian Arts Theatre, Gwangju, Korea
Andrew Manning, European Concert Hall Organisation
Frie Leysen, amongst others founder of deSingel (Antwerp) and kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)
Thomas Engel, Director of ITI Germany
Peter Vermeulen, Chairman of Theater der Welt 2010
“The support of Roger in the preparation of the opening of the AAT was extremely valuable for me and my collaborators. His in-depth know-how stretching from structure building, financial management, processes of contracting and even marketing and communication were most helpful, especially for a newly established organization like AAT. Also, his input was not limited to practical advises but also psychological support that meant a lot to me and my team. It was a very enjoyable and fruitful working relationship with Roger.”
“Roger Christmann was an incredibly valuable support in the financial management of our EU funded project. Roger prepared an activity-based financial overview and developed tools to facilitate the financial reporting of all partners. These tools allowed us to have a clear, reliable and real-time overview of the financial situation of what was a largescale and complex project. Roger’s broad sector experience, efficiency and proactive character make him a real pleasure to work with.”
„Roger Christmann is the perfect companion for artistic directors, houses and projects. With a big heart for the arts, the artists and their works.And at the same time with a permanent overview of the financial situation and a rigorous fiscal planning. Moreover, he is a perfect organiser, and a wonderful creator of administrative tools that make budgets and accounts transparent and workable for the whole team. I had the pleasure to work with him at kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and at Theater der Welt in Essen and Mülheim. And I miss him now every day.”
„Roger Christmann has assumed the responsibility of managing director of Theater der Welt 2010 with both economic knowledge and artistic understanding, combined with diplomatic skills. The cooperation with Mr. Christmann in the Board of Directors was excellent. I strongly recommend Roger Christmann as an outstanding arts manager.“
„I strongly recommend Roger Christmann for supervision, monitoring and advice in arts management. The entire conception and implementation of the festival Theater der Welt 2010 has been realised on the highest level of professionalism. Based on his financial and organisational knowledge and his understanding of the artistic needs of the project, Roger Christmann proved himself to be the perfect mediator between the economic and the artistic worlds.“
Roger Christmann was born in Eupen (Belgium) in 1971. He currently lives in Berlin and speaks and writes German, French, Dutch and English. From 2001 to 2011 he worked as managing director of several international festivals in Belgium and Germany, since November 2011 he is an independent consultant.
1993: Masters in Finance and Economics at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Liège
1993–1998: Credit analyst and coordinator of a credit unit at Générale de Banque (today BNP Paribas)
1998–2001: Collaborator for Brussels, European Cultural Capital 2000, first as assistant to the General Manager, later as coordinator of finances, administration and HR
2001–2008: Administrator of kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, development and implementation of NXTSTP as part of the EU Culture Programme
2008–2010: Managing director of the German festival Theater der Welt 2010 in Mülheim an der Ruhr and Essen.
2011: Managing director of Radialsystem V in Berlin.
Since 2012: Independent Consultant