Escalator is an intensive capacity building and training programme for those working in the independent cultural sector. Now running for two years, Escalator has one main objective: to help cultural & creative professionals and artists achieve success on their own terms and, in so doing, to become cultural innovators and entrepreneurs who can effect and inspire change. For 2015, Escalator will expand its reach to include organisations and artists from all of Slovakia. Selected participants for the 2015 programme will work together and with Kosice participants who will be continuing on the programme. TRAKT in June joined with Michaela Bottkova Escalator Study week, where together with 10 other culture representatives got training in important cultural issues such as leadership principle, audience development and fundraising.