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About this event
Festivals can take place across fields, buildings, cities, beaches, houses and countries - some last a day, some a weekend, some a number of weeks and they all have one thing in common - they take months, often years in the planning.
And if you want to start one or work for one, this is the course for you.
With nearly 40 years experience in staging the world-renowned biennial festival, LIFT's 7-week crash course will take you through the delivery of a festival, from developing your vision and artistic concept to the logistical nuts and bolts of putting it on, and everything in between.
Facilitated by the LIFT team, this modular course will combine talks, case studies, networking and Q&A sessions and feature guest experts from across the festival and arts sector.
Previous speakers include Bernard Donoghue, Director at ALVA; Helen Shute, Chief Executive at Rambert; Kate Ward, Executive Director at In Between Time; Richard Huntington, Chief Strategy Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi; Hannah Pool, Senior Programmer at Southbank Centre and Mark Ball, Creative Director at Manchester International Festival.
The course will be packed full of useful topics including artistic positioning, business planning, programming, partnerships negotiation, participatory and engagement work, fundraising and income generation, writing funding applications, finance and budgeting, visas, insurance, staffing, branding, marketing, PR, data, digital and evaluation to name a few.
You'll also get some LIFT top tips and use live case studies to deliver practical, hands-on learning to prepare you for the world of producing festivals.
So if you've always dreamed of running a festival, got an idea or you're already working on a festival (big or small) and want to develop your skills, this course will give you all the tools and networks you need.
Note, there will be no course session on Tuesday 23 October due to Half Term.
Starts: 6-00 pm
Ends: 9-00 pm
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VenueSaatchi & Saatchi HQ
London WC2A 1JA
£575 (instalment option available)