A smart future for Singapore

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19 Nov 2015

In 2013 Drew Hemment got the call – the Singapore government wanted his help staging an arts and technology festival. He explains what happened next.

It’s not what you know…

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28 Oct 2015

David Stevenson deplores the way that a subjective decision to grant public money to a commercial company is being dressed up as the evidence-based decision of an objective funding system.

How to… programme a festival

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16 Oct 2015

Programming a music festival with over 300 events can’t be easy, but Donald Shaw knows exactly how it’s done. He gives us the low-down and shares his top tips for making it as a programmer.

Seeking shared spaces

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28 Sep 2015

Jessica Bowles took students from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to curate the Prague Quadrennial's SpaceLab - and found their theatrical assumptions happily challenged.

How to… build a brand

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21 Sep 2015

How do you get from first gig to internationally recognised festival? Amy Pearce of EFG London Jazz Festival shares her tips.

Shouting as loud as ever

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28 Aug 2015

Is an arts organisation dedicated to LGBT issues still necessary or even relevant? Yes, says Neil Anderson, so long as it moves with the times.

A working life that works

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09 Jul 2015

A production company run by two women with seven children between them is rewriting the rules that separate work and family life, explains Sarah Bird.

Job Ladder – Sheena Wrigley

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25 Jun 2015

As she joins Manchester’s HOME, Sheena Wrigley looks back over the course of her career. 

Edinburgh festivals must focus on digital development and infrastructure

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22 May 2015

A new strategy report advises Edinburgh’s festivals to improve their digital offering if the city is to avoid complacency and remain a cultural world-beater.

A treasure trove of data

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31 Mar 2015

For the London International Festival of Theatre customer data is power. Libby Penn describes how taking control over ticketing and audience data was like opening a treasure trove for the London International Festival of Theatre.

Job Ladder

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26 Mar 2015

Louise Emerson explains how she ended up as CEO of Cheltenham Festivals, after beginning her career designing broadband amplifiers.

Building blocks for success

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02 Oct 2014

With so many festivals in the UK what makes for a successful and sustainable festival? Holly Lombardo discusses some vital building blocks.

A force for festivals

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23 Jun 2014

As one of the oldest cultural networks in Europe, the European Festivals Association’s mission has always been centred around artistic quality and long-term impact, says Kathrin Deventer.

Dancing in the air

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12 May 2014

Lindsey Butcher discusses the issues that emerging aerial dance artists face in an artform that itself is just emerging.

Job Ladder

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20 Mar 2014

Jenny Harris, a freelance creative producer, describes her career in music and arts festivals.

A festival frenzy

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24 Oct 2013

Meurig Bowen sees no problem with the current proliferation of festivals in the UK.

Festivals in the frame

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14 Oct 2013

Why do we need festivals? In the first of two articles about festivals, Holly Payton-Lombardo asks if we simply enjoy coming together to celebrate culture − or is it more than that?

The hot outdoors

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07 Oct 2013

Maggie Clarke believes that this is a good time for outdoor arts, with investment, partnerships and networks raising the bar and resulting in a raising worldwide profile.

Festivals for the future

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30 Sep 2013

Gillian Taylor looks at how festivals can involve communities in making site-responsive works that create a sense of pride in lost and forgotten places.

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