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IFFR x Zadkine: Community of Practice

In October IFFR and Zadkine started a new collaboration: Community of Practice. Four students interning for six months at the festival to gain work experience. Chantal Hollander (HR department intern): “Through this pilot, our school is offering, I am trying to find out what I really want.”

IFFR and Zadkine have been working together intensively for years. For the upcoming festival, the collaboration has become stronger with Community of Practice, a trajectory that Zadkine engages with nine cultural institutions in the city, in order to integrate art and culture even more widely into the range of courses on offer. For six months, MBO students work on assignments at the participating institutions, which are in line with the vocational training of each student.

At IFFR, Dynaton Bergraaf (education), Chantal Hollander (HR), Boy Rath (production – not in the photo) and Beau van Stigt (marketing & press) have just started their internship. Beau supports the press department. Among other things, she is involved in monitoring the press and organising press events. “I think everything is fantastic,'' she says. “This is exactly what I want to do later. To work at a large company as IFFR is secretly my dream for the future. I can now live that dream two days a week!”

Chantal studies Social Work and is doing an internship at the HR department. She familiarises the IFFR interns with the organisation and organises various activities especially for the interns. “I find organising a challenge, so I intend to do it more,” says Chantal, who wants to step out of her comfort zone with this internship and hopes to learn a lot about the dynamics of the festival organisation. In the future, she would like to help people develop themselves, preferably in the arts and culture sector. “But not through boring one-to-one conversations, just by going out, through workshops or museum visits!”

Renske Gasper, Head of Education at IFFR, sees Community of Practice as a great way to deepen the existing collaboration with Zadkine. “This project really contributes to the personal development of the students. They get to know the breadth of the field and get to know a working place in an intensive way. In addition, we hope that the pilot will interest more MBO students in working at IFFR.”

Photo in header: Studenten Chantal Hollander, Beau van Stigt & Dynaton Bergraaf