Join leading figures from the cultural sector, for a FREE online programme of discussions, taking place from 18th-20th August, from Severn Arts and The Arches Festivals for all outdoor festival and event organisers across Worcestershire. It will be for festivals of any shape and size, and will also be of interest if you are an indoors festival/event looking to move outdoors.

Explore the evolving relationship between communities and festivals from policy, artistic and academic perspectives. Discuss the role festivals could play in their locality going forward in a time where we have rediscovered what it means to be part of a community. Reflect with early-career producers and listen to their hopes for the future. There will be discussion and sharing of industry advice, best practise and new health and safety guidance, answering any questions you might have.

Join a team of Event and Production Managers who will be sharing practical advice surrounding every element of event design and delivery. Local Authority Representatives will be explaining new documentation you need to provide and what Health and Safety may look like moving forward. Plus industry advice on Keeping your Audiences Safe and Programming Outdoor Arts at your event

Looking at the role communities play in today’s festivals will be: Helen Marriage, Director of Artichoke; Rebecca Blackman, Arts Council National Director for Engagement and Audiences and Area Director for the Midlands plus Dr Steven Millington, Manchester Metropolitan University, Institute of Place Making

Our panel discussing The Future Role of Festivals in Community Engagement, Place-Making and Regeneration includes: Andrew Loretto, Hat Fair Director & freelance theatre maker; Maggie Clarke, Director of XTRAX; Paul Bristow, Arts Council National Director of Strategic Partnerships plus our very own David Edmunds, Festivals Director at Severn Arts.

Early-career producers will also be joining us to share their reflections and their hopes for the future in terms of festivals and communities!

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