Festival Director – Dubai Lynx and Athar Festivals of Creativity

We are seeking a dynamic and visionary Festival Director to lead and curate the Dubai Lynx and Athar Festivals of Creativity, two of the most prestigious events in the creative industry across the MENA region. If you’re passionate about creativity, innovation, and cultural exchange, this is an incredible opportunity to make a significant impact on the region’s creative landscape.

As the Festival Director, you will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of these world-class festivals, from program development and speaker selection to sponsorship acquisition and on-site execution. You will collaborate with an exceptional team to deliver unforgettable experiences that inspire, educate, and connect creative professionals from across the globe.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute the overall festival strategy, including content, marketing, and logistics.
  • Curate a diverse and compelling program of speakers, workshops, and exhibitions.
  • Lead a cross-functional team, fostering a culture of creativity, innovation, and collaboration.
  • Establish and nurture relationships with industry partners, sponsors, and stakeholders.
  • Manage budget, revenue targets, and financial performance.
  • Ensure a seamless on-site festival experience for attendees, exhibitors, and partners.
  • Drive innovation and sustainability initiatives in festival planning and execution.
  • Represent the festivals at industry events and in the media.


  • Proven experience in event management, preferably in the festival or creative industries.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills.
  • Exceptional communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.
  • A deep understanding of the creative and advertising industries.
  • Creative and strategic thinking with a track record of successful program curation.
  • Financial acumen and budget management experience.
  • A passion for promoting creativity, diversity, and inclusion.

Dubai Lynx is the MENA region’s meeting place for the creative and marketing community. Sister festival to the internationally renowned Cannes Lions and attended by global influencers, it’s a regional hub for inspiration and celebration, and a place for brands and agencies to do business.

Athar – Saudi Festival of Creativity is a dynamic and vibrant meeting place where culture, creativity, talent, and technology will come together. Organized by Motivate Media Group in partnership with TRACCS, Athar Festival will be the largest gathering of the creative marketing industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Motivate Media Group is the region’s leading multi-platform content producer with a diverse portfolio of media interests comprising magazines, digital, social, video, exhibitions & events, cinema, OOH and books.

Interested candidates may apply attaching a copy of their CV and a cover letter.