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2016 'A Festival Career': Student/Recent Graduate Festivals & Events Conference

British Arts Festivals Association

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 from 13:30 to 17:15 (GMT)

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BAFA is pleased to present the fifth edition of 'A Festival Career'. The half day event is specifically for students and recent graduates who are interested in exploring a career in the arts - particularly in the festival and events sector - and lecturers also welcome to attend.


13:30 Registration

13:45 Welcome and Dragons’ Den- read the brief

14:15 Roundtables- A chance to talk to mid career festival professionals about their chosen career path

15:00 Coffee break

15:15 Panel discussion- A Festival Career

16:15 Roundtables 2 (a chance to meet a second festival professional in small groups)

17:00 Dragons’ Den results and wrap up

17:15 End

Speakers to include...

Panel Discusssion

Julian Caddy: Managing Director, Brighton Fringe

Round tables

Lindsay Stockley: Associate Producer, Freedom Festival

Ellen Cole: Freelance Marketing, PR and Events Professional, York's Little Festival of Live Music

Polly Brannan: Education Curator, Liverpool Biennial


Harriet Roy: General Manager, The Spark Festival

Sonia Stevenson: Artistic Director, Lichfield Festival and St Andrew's Voices

Leading festival professionals (invited to showcase a wide range of different festivals: multi arts/fringe/green field/street arts) will discuss and reflect on their personal career path. You will also get a chance to choose round table sessions individually hosted by a broad range of festival staff from all over the country. These speakers will come from a range of festival backgorunds including general management, marketing, education, development, communications, production and press/project managers. Each person will talk about their career as well as describe what their current job entails and in small groups you will have the opportunity to ask plenty of questions.

Enter the Dragons' Den competition to be in with a chance to win an amazing prize and discuss your festival ideas with top festival professionals. You can enter alone or in teams of up to four. Email us for more info:

Do you have questions about 2016 'A Festival Career': Student/Recent Graduate Festivals & Events Conference? Contact British Arts Festivals Association

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Business School: Room 1.22
Manchester Metropolitan University
Lower Ormond St
M15 6BH Manchester
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 from 13:30 to 17:15 (GMT)

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British Arts Festivals Association

BAFA is the national membership organisation for everyone working (or wanting to work) in the multi-arts festival sector in UK: celebrating, developing and strengthening the work of its members.

All of BAFA's events are open to anyone with an interest in festivals: student or gradute, paid or unpaid, intern or chief executive. 

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