A Festival Career 2021

10am – 10:50am
Exploring Careers in Festivals

Our panellists, Tessa Deterding (Publicist, Premier), Adam Pushkin (Freelance Producer, SHOUT Festival) and Liz Chege (Festival Director, Africa in Motion) will discuss how they came to work in festivals, the reality of working in festivals and share tips on what they have learned along the way. This session will be chaired by Naomi Hollas of Event Grads.

10:50 – 11:10am
Short Break/Networking on Wonder.me

11:10am – 12:00pm
The Future of Festivals
Fiona Goh (Director, BAFA), Mark Currie (Head of Operations, RHASS), Breige Swift (Themed Years & Special Projects Manager, EventScotland) and David Jarman (Programme Leader for BA (Hons) International Festival & Event Management, Edinburgh Napier University) discuss what the future might hold for festivals as we emerge from the pandemic and what this means for the sector’s professionals

12:00pm – 13:00pm
Mentor Sessions
These will be breakout sessions with festival professionals in which you will be able to ask them about their career progression within the industry. Our current line up includes: Derya Adiyaman (Wandsworth Arts Fringe), Tom Herring (Freelance Creative Producer), Rachel Sivills-McCann (Underbelly), Camila Gutiérrez Aguilera (LIFT), Fiona Goh (BAFA)

To see our speaker and mentors biographies please click here

Thank you for joining us for the event and please fill out this short survey about your experiences of the day!

Useful resources from the speakers:
Coronavirus Advice for Events – Event Scotland
Planning and Managing Virtual Events – Event Scotland
EventScotland Newsletter
Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit
Equality and Diversity within the Arts and Cultural Sector – Arts Council

Recordings from the event are available here:
Exploring Careers in Festivals
The Future of Festivals

The event doesn’t end there, as we have extra sessions happening on the 24th and 25th May.

Monday 24th May
Raising Your Profile in Events (Workshop)
Samantha Salisbury of Jonsam Events and Get Ahead in Events will provide advice and support on how to raise your profile in events to further your career. This session helps event profs looking to raise their visibility in the events industry in order to secure that first role, an internship, a work experience placement, or lead to collaborations and more opportunities.  

The first part of the workshop is an interactive session which focuses on event professionals getting clarity on the following: 
How they can differentiate themselves to others 
Working out their USP 
Working out a strategy for their social media posting 
Working out who their ideal employer/client is and what their pain points are 

The second part of the workshop would focus on the following 5 areas: 
1) Create a standout cv 
2) Use Social Media to your advantage 
3) Use your contacts 
4) Network effectively during a lockdown 
5) Reassess, retrain & upskill 

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Tuesday 25th May
Keeping Up with the Events Industry (Panel + Q&A)

Caitlin Kobrak, Priya Narain and Elena Clowes of Event First Steps discuss pathways into the industry.
As we all know the landscape of the events industry has changed a lot in the last year. Join Event First Steps to discuss how you can be best prepared to tackle what comes you way when starting out in the industry post 2020.

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