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.

Exporting the arts

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15 Jul 2013

Mark Fisher charts the global success of ‘Made in Scotland’, the programme which showcases dance and theatre companies at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Resetting the Stage: Public theatre between the market and democracy

11 Apr 2013

Christopher Maughan values this reflection on the dichotomy between commercial and public theatre.

Agents behaving reasonably?

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07 Mar 2013

2012 was a tricky year for the UK’s many music festivals but Steve Heap reports on how they are determined to ride out the storm, with the understanding of the artists and their agents.

Exploring the festival model

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07 Feb 2013

The British Arts Festivals Association’s Capacity to Endure conference last year focussed on how festivals should be valued as an integral and sustainable part of society.

State of play

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24 Oct 2012

Tina Mermiri examines recent research to discover what the arts – and its sponsors – can learn from their audiences

Job ladder

30 Apr 2012

Maggie Clarke tracks the progression of her career

Illuminating conversations

09 Apr 2012

Nicky Webb describes the birth, development and culmination of a European collaboration that has led to dialogue and exchange between artists, curators, programmers and producers

A fine balancing act

21 Nov 2011

Outdoor arts have risen in profile over the past ten years. Bill Gee examines the position of the sector in relation to the current economic climate and the countdown to 2012

No more excuses

31 Oct 2011

The rationale for making environmental sustainability a strategic priority, and the resources to help do it, are all available now. It’s time to take action, says Sholeh Johnson

Leading by example

31 Oct 2011

Ben Twist examines the impact that Edinburgh’s Festivals are having on the attitudes and behaviour of its audiences and its artists


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