A broad funding base

Outdoor performance
14 Apr 2016

Over £400k has to be raised every year to stage the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival. How do they do it? Toby Smith outlines his strategy.

Local and loyal

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14 Apr 2016

Growing slowly and organically has helped Kidderminster Arts Festival respond to the needs of local artists and the community, says Loz Samuels.

Young people on the case

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14 Apr 2016

Through the Circuit network, 15 to 25 year olds create arts events for other young people. Rachel Escott reveals what they’ve learned about marketing to this under-engaged audience. 

Still invited to the party

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14 Apr 2016

How can you attend a festival if you can’t leave your house? Michael Eades describes a project bringing the festival experience to people with dementia.

Festivals and venues fail disabled music fans, says report

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04 Mar 2016

A continuing lack of detailed online access information is stopping deaf and disabled music fans from buying tickets.

Job ladder – Rod Hebden

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03 Mar 2016

From engineering to managing cream teas at the National Trust and now fundraising for Cheltenham Festivals, Rod Hebden tells us about his career so far.

Job Ladder – Karl Wallace

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14 Jan 2016

Director of Macclesfield’s Barnaby Festival, Karl Wallace, reflects on his career making big things happen.

How to… make a festival disability-friendly

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11 Jan 2016

Being disability-friendly isn’t just about physical accessibility. Alistair McDonald explains how Chase Park festival ensures it is inclusive and welcoming of everyone.

A festival for all the senses

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02 Dec 2015

When Torbay’s annual Agatha Christie Week was expanded into a major literature festival things took an unexpected turn. Anna Farthing investigates.

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.

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