Issue 293: Sustainable festivals

  • Sustainable festivals

    Photo of street performers
    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.

    The UK is rich in festivals. There are more than 350 literary and spoken word festivals, classical, jazz, folk, world, contemporary and popular music festivals, as well as a multitude of thriving sub-genres for opera buffs and crumhorn fans. There are festivals of philosophy and ideas, science and comedy, architecture and performing arts, theatre, art and multi-disciplinary artforms, and that’s before anyone mentions fringe.

    UK festivals, however, are not rich. Ticket sales rarely... more

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