My Gurus - Ottilia Ördög

Ottilia Ördög
27 Apr 2017

Ottilia Ördög goes back to her roots to name the inspirations in her life.

Refugees to the fore

Photo of Haymanot Tesfa performing music
19 Apr 2017

As an arts festival with an explicit social change mission, Refugee Week faces some unique challenges. Emily Churchill Zaraa discusses how it tackles them head on. 

Spreading like bushfire

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27 Feb 2017

Damning research has woken Australia up to the situation for indigenous artists in the country. It’s time for their voices to be heard, says Jacob Boehme

Bridging the gap

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30 Nov 2016

As the funding landscape shifted, universities emerged as an ideal partner for creative producers Threshold Studios. Uzma Johal and Barry Hale reveal how they have been collaborating with the University of Lincoln. 

Valuable visitor data

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03 Nov 2016

As many organisers of outdoor arts events have a love–hate relationship with collecting data from visitors, Vishalakshi Roy offers some advice on how to make it a more positive experience.

Selecting a showcase

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20 Oct 2016

Productions chosen for the Made in Scotland showcase gain a stamp of quality, but how are they selected? Wendy Niblock asks members of the panel what they are looking for.

How to… develop an arts festival in a time of austerity

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16 Sep 2016

How do you market classical music to people who've never been to a concert? Thomas Kemp offers some practical advice for anyone looking to launch an arts festival.

Edinburgh’s festivals generate £313m for Scotland

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29 Jul 2016

A large-scale study has found that the growth of the festivals is benefiting the tourism and hospitality sectors. 

Behind the curtain: The thrill of starting your own festival

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19 Jul 2016

How did three young people who chose not to go to university end up running one of the most innovative cross-artform festivals in Cambridge? 

Ticket sales continue to grow for disabled music fans

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13 Jul 2016

Disabled music fans and their assistants attending events such as Glastonbury and Latitude Festival brought an estimated £7.5m to the economy in 2015.

Land of song

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07 Jul 2016

Cardiff’s first international festival celebrated what Wales is most famous for – the human voice. Graeme Farrow reflects on the launch of the biennial cultural event.

Feeling at home

Man on seat
23 Jun 2016

Home Live Art’s interactive literary salon event sold out quickly, but when she met the audience Mimi Banks was surprised. She reflects on the difficulties of marketing interactive live art. 

Joining up a city

Visitors outside Milton Keynes station
14 Jun 2016

Monica Ferguson charts how Milton Keynes’ international arts festival has changed the way people view the new town.

Connecting to the past

Merged image of Bayeux Tapestry and a performance
09 Jun 2016

Hastings is at long last celebrating its place in history with a festival of contemporary arts. Polly Gifford tells all.

Arts Council funding a “stamp of approval” for burlesque

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22 Apr 2016

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival has batted away council opposition and triumphed over floods to become the first burlesque festival to receive funding from ACE.

Funding concerns force City of London Festival to close

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22 Apr 2016

Mystery surrounds the festival’s closure, which comes just months after the organisation was recruiting for a new director and in spite of repeated projections of a budget surplus.

Buying into an experience

Children in hay
21 Apr 2016

The key to building a loyal audience for a family arts festival? It needs to come from a place of integrity, says Rowan Hoban.

Selling storytelling

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21 Apr 2016

Families are key to audience development, but how do you attract them? Patrick Spottiswoode reveals how Shakespeare’s Globe plans to market a new festival to family audiences. 

Not all bad news

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14 Apr 2016

Festivals may no longer benefit from regular funding streams, but Owen McNeir is optimistic that they can still thrive on a mixed-income approach to fundraising.

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