EdYOUfest was founded in 2015 with a single mission: to be the most successful,
creative and ground-breaking
English Language Teacher community in the world.
EdYOUfest was conceived by Giovanni Rottura and Chuck Sandy in the summer of 2015, with the aim of providing English language teachers with more opportunities to share their training experiences while also having fun together. After organizing numerous training and development events for teachers worldwide, it became clear that a gathering was needed that would create a space for teachers to meet, develop friendships, and foster collaboration that would last beyond the event. The name EdYOUfest, short for "educational festival," was chosen to reflect the event's focus on teachers and education professionals.
At the start of September 2015, in Genova, Italy, we collected some of the most well-known trainers from a variety of specialisations from all over the world with the remit to create the basis of a project which, from the very start, would prove to be effective. We then spent 3 days working: presentations, group work and discussions and naturally some great moments for socialising. In the end, an event was revealed and EdYOUfest was born.
2016 saw the first event being publicised to all English language teachers and the chosen venue was ‘la Baia del Corallo di Palermo’, in Sicily. EdYOUfest Sicily put the project into practice; teachers took part in various workshops and had time to get to know each other better through evening activities with music, song and excursions. The success of that first event was and still is evident. It was back when EdYOUfest had its first presence on social media.
In 2017 EdYOUfest took place in France, in the countryside near Paris.
In 2018, we were ready for the next step, 3 plenary sessions would be added, and we were aiming for a venue that would have all the necessary, high-level facilities. Millfield School (UK) was the ideal destination with the great support team of Millfield Enterprises, directed by Mark Greenow. The result was tremendous, we had 75 participants, 12 workshops and 3 plenary sessions, 5 business sponsors and 9 new partners.
In November 2018 the new website was presented, and a new committee was created comprising 6 people, extra support from Millfield Enterprises, 12 Fellows and lots of volunteers.
In 2019, we were at Millfield and created the first event fund to support teachers who might otherwise not be able to join us.
In 2020 and 2021 because of COVID-19, we organised an online 2 weeks event.
In 2022 we were back face to face in the lovely city of Trapani Sicily, it was a hybrid event online and face to face.
In 2023 we will be in Athens, Greece and we are looking forward to it.
Previous EdYOUfest Events and Speakers
2022, Trapani, Italy
2021, CANCELLED (Due to Covid 19)
2020, Online (Due to Covid 19)
Marjorie Rosenberg - Steve Hirschhorn- Richenda Askew
Marusya Price - Zina Pittrova - Chris Walklett -Walton Burns
Charles Goodger - Lonny Gold - Greg Wagstaff - Jenny Chant
Ken Patterson - Larissa Albano - Lhoussine Qasserras - Valentina Holubeva
2019, Millfield, UK
Marion Williams - Lonny Gold - Trevor Harley
Barbi Bujtás - Phillip Pound - Kate Smook - Richenda Askew
Marusya Price - Gabi Kotlubaj - Zina Pittrova - Larissa Albano
John Milton - Irina Piniuta - Chris Walklett -Walton Burns
2018, Millfield, UK
Tim Bowen - Ken Paterson - Susanne Lewis
Sharyn Collins - Lobna Ben Nasr - Steve Hirschhorn - Meriam Boulila
Rachel Marie Paling - Kate Smook - Larissa Albano - Jim Baker - Thomas Jones
2017, Paris, France
Dorothy Zemach - Philippe Watrelot - Paul Maglione - Steven Huitorel
Nathalie Beaulieu - Marie-Helene Fasquel - Jason R Levine
2016, Palermo, Italy
Christina Rebuffet - Steve Hirschhorn - Julie Pratten - Chuck Sandy - Theodora Papanagiotou - Philip Pound - Barbi Bujtás - Alexandra Chistyakova
2015, Genova, Italy
Jason R Levine - Chuck Sandy - Sylvia Guinan - Nina Hanáková
Juan Alberto Lopez Uribe - Alexandra Chistyakova - Salwa Abid
Yulia Kazantseva - Christina Rebuffet - Chaouki M’Kaddem