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Festival Cultures: Media, Place, Music - A one day conference
Date: Friday the 22nd of May, 10am to 5pm
Venue: The Thomas Paine Study Centre, the Univerity of East Anglia
With origins going back to the Radio 1 Roadshows that toured nationally each summer in the 1970s, the annual BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend is a free pop festival held in a different city in the UK each year. This year it is in Norwich, 23-24 May. According to the BBC, it is ‘the UK’s biggest free ticketed festival’, a live music event also broadcast on Radio 1 and 1Extra, and BBC3.
Also happening in May (8-24) is the annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival, a major multi-arts annual event for the East of England, presenting theatre, music, art, literature and more. The festival is among the oldest arts festivals in the UK, dating back originally to 1772.
To mark and to critically interrogate the correspondence of these occasions, an academic and industry symposium is being held at the UEA. It will feature academic speakers from media studies and popular music studies, from industry, from the media, and from festival organisations.
Speakers and features already confirmed:
Prof Tim Wall Professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies, Birmingham City University -
Keynote address: Radio One on the Road: creating that festival spirit for live radio broadcasts
Bob Shennan Director of BBC Music
William Galinsky Artistic Director, Norfolk and Norwich Festival
John Cumming Director, EFG London Jazz Festival
Dr Chris Anderton Southampton Solent University, author Music Festivals in the UK (2016)
Prof George McKay AHRC Leadership Fellow, UEA, editor The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture (2015)
Ben Robinson Director, Kendal Calling
Dr Roxy Robinson Leeds Beckett University, author of Festival Culture and the Politics of Participation (forthcoming December 2015)
East Anglian Fairs Archive 1972-1986 rural alternative festivals scene
Areas to be discussed include:
- Popular music and festival
- BBC as promoter and commissioner of (live) music
- The role of festival in the construction of regional cultural identity
- Cultural festival as event; making a festival happen
- Multiplatform: media / music / digital crossovers
- Festival history and memory
10.00-10.30 Registration, coffee
10.30-10.45 Welcome and Introduction - Professor George McKay, UEA
Prof George McKay, UEA/AHRC Leadership Fellow for Connected Communities Programme
10.45-11.30 Keynote 1 Prof Tim Wall, Birmingham City University
Radio One on the Road: creating that festival spirit for live radio broadcasts
11.30-13.00 Session 2 Researching festival
Chair Prof John Street, UEA
Dr Chris Anderton, Southampton Solent University, author of Music Festivals in the UK (Ashgate, 2016)
Dr Roxy Robinson, Leeds Beckett University, author of Festival Culture and the Politics of Participation (forthcoming December 2015)
13.00-14.00 Lunch & exhibition
14:00-15:30 Session 3 How does a festival reflect its environment? Festival directors speak
John Cumming, Director, EFG London Jazz Festival
William Galinsky, Artistic Director, Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Ben Robinson, Director, Kendal Calling
15.30-16.00 Coffee Break & exhibition
16.00-17.00 Keynote 2 BBC perspectives
Bob Shennan, Director of BBC music, in conversation with Prof Tim Wall
Through the day:
Exhibition of East Anglian Fairs Archive, presenting photographs, posters and memorabilia from the fairs, which ran approx. 1974-1985, as an important regional seasonal festival / alternative gathering.
Festival Films from East Anglian Film Archive, screening of archival films of local festivals and jamming sessions from the 1960s and 1970s.
For further information contact Rachel Daniel, AHRC Connected Communities administrator, email@example.com
Registration deadline: Monday 11th of May
This event is co-produced by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities programme and Digital Transformations theme.