• Cheltenham Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Cambridge Summer Music

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Blue Sky Festival

    BAFA: FESTIVALS MEAN BUSINESS

  • Salisbury Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Brighton Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

  • Buxton Fringe Festival

    BAFA: Festivals mean business

Round Table Hosts

Laura Broome: Programme Manager, 
Quays Culture

Laura currently works as Programme Manager for Quays Culture at the Salford Quays/MediaCityUK location. Commissioning cutting edge digital work, Laura aims to animate The Quays and highlight its place on the map as a culturally and creatively rich environment for current and future artists. This follows on from work with Hofesh Shechter Company, City of Culture 2013, The Walled City Tattoo, Chorlton Arts Festival, Salford City Council and Dance In A Bag. Laura also currently works as a freelance Dance Artist and Dance Producer, as well as being actively involved in research surrounding the role of the arts in education.               

Alex Corwin: Head of Marketing,
Ilkley Literature Festival

After completing a Masters in Children’s Literature at Newcastle University, Alex worked at Harrogate International Festivals for a number of years, first as an intern and then as Literary Festivals Administrator. She has worked at Ilkley Literature Festival since 2014 where she is responsible for the marketing.

Christine Dent: Festival Production Assistant (Kambe Events), 
Shambala Festival / Swingamajig Festival 

Christine Dent works as an Events Production Assistant at Kambe Events Ltd (Birmingham Office), whose main event is the green field ‘Shambala Festival’. Christine’s roles within the company vary, though mainly cover event production, logistics, procurement, financial management, marketing and e-commerce. At Shambala Christine manages the quartermaster stores; procuring all site materials needed for the event and managing the use of those resources on site. Christine graduated from University of Northampton in 2013 and has since volunteered and worked at many festivals and events until becoming employed with Kambe Events in January 2015.

Sam Francis: Co-director,
Supernormal Festival

Sam Francis is Co-Director of Supernormal festival and has been a key player in shaping the identity and development of the annual event, organisation and associated activities since it’s inception in 2010. Sam has an MA in Curating and is a freelance producer working in a variety of arts, music, events and projects recently working at Arnolfini and Spike Island in Bristol. 

Jennifer Mears: Executive Director, 
Lichfield Festival

Jennifer graduated with a BA in Modern Languages from Oxford University and went immediately into a freelance career in arts education.  She set up her own theatre in education business Spit Spot Theatre, delivering drama projects in schools and community settings across the West Midlands, while also working on freelance projects for various regional and national companies including Shakespeare Schools Festival, Freshwater Theatre Company, Birmingham Stage Company, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and various local authorities.  She specialised in delivering projects for Early Years education and on bringing opportunities in to schools for children to try different performance styles (including stage combat, sword play, puppetry and mask work). Jennifer was Education Manager for Sonia Sabri Dance Company working with venues and schools both across the UK and internationally.   She  joined the Lichfield Festival in 2008 as Education Manager, responsible for the planning and delivery of projects for the annual summer Festival and is now their Executive Director managing the overall organisation while still being reponsible for the planning and delivery of their ASPIRE Learning and Participation Programme.

Lindsay Stockley: Associate Producer, Freedom Festival

Lindsay is a Producer and Project Manager within festivals, circus, outdoor arts and theatre. She has a background in dance and circus performance, a BA in Fine Arts and an MA in Cultural Policy and Management.

Currently Lindsay is the Associate Producer for Freedom Festival in Hull and is also the founding Director of production company Sideways Arts, for which she programmes and creates new performance for a variety of venues and events. She has worked as Producer, Director and Manager of projects with many companies including the City of London Festival, Shambala and Glastonbury Festivals, Ockham’s Razor, Arcadia Spectacular, The Invisible Circus, ISAN and several City Councils. 

Matilda Strang: Co-director,
Supernormal Festival

Matilda Strang completed an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths University, London, in 2011. Since then she has worked with both emerging and established contemporary artists to realise and produce exhibitions, events and residencies. Intrigued by the vibrant art and music scene, Matilda moved to Glasgow in 2015 where she now works on devising and delivering various projects including an event programme and residency on a remote and unpopulated island near the west coast of Scotland. As Co-director for Supernormal, she has worked on six festivals that have grown exponentially in size, identity and profile with the annual event now being recognised internationally for its work.

Dan Wray: Programme Coordinator and Administrator, 
Sensoria Festival

Dan is the programme coordinator for the annual Sheffield-based music and film festival, Sensoria.

The festival has had 9 editions, 3 of which Dan has been involved with, dealing with multiple areas of the festival’s production from booking and curating to guest hospitality and venue management.

Dan is also a freelance music and culture writer for various publications, such as VICE, The Independent, Pitchfork, The Quietus, Uncut and numerous others.