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A Festival Career Online – Tickets on Sale

Monday 17th May
10am to 1pm


BAFA’s annual student conference A Festival Career allows students or recent graduates to network with festival professionals, with a tailored programme of 1:1 networking, round table discussions and panel debates. This is a great opportunity if you’re interested in pursuing a career in the festivals sector but want to know more about what kind of jobs are available and how to get your foot in the door.

Tickets are now on sale and can be bought here.

The programme for the day is as follows:

10am – 10:50am
Exploring Careers in Festivals
Our panellists, Tessa Deterding (Publicist, Premier), Adam Pushkin (Freelance Producer, SHOUT Festival) 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.

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

11:10am – 12:00pm
The Future of Festivals
Fiona Goh of BAFA, Mark Currie from RHASS, and David Jarman of 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.

Meet the Member: Devizes Art Festival

Devizes Arts Festival has been a major highlight of this Wiltshire market town for nearly 40 years. It takes place annually during the first two weeks in June and attracts a wide audience from across the county and beyond.

The aim of the Festival is to bring high quality events to the town, showcasing artists that local people would not normally be able to see. Every year it offers a wide programme of performing arts, including classical and popular music, jazz, theatre, comedy, choral music, poetry, dance, cinema and talks by leading personalities from the worlds of politics, history and literature. Over 30 events take place in a range of venues including the town’s historic Town Hall and Corn Exchange.

In addition to the main Festival, a programme of free fringe events takes place in pubs, clubs and churches across the town.

The Festival is organised and managed entirely by volunteers, supported by the Town Council and local businesses.