Visas, divas and hotel rooms

Monday 3 September 2018

Course - Workshops

Interested in putting on a festival? Then LIFT have a course that might be right up your street - 'Visas, divas and hotel rooms' is a seven week, crash course on running a festival.
Visas, Divas And Hotel Rooms from LIFT

Image: SESSION, Paul Blakemore

Festivals come in all sorts of shapes and sizes - and can take months to plan.

If you want to start one or work for one, then LIFT are running a course designed to give you all the tools you need to organise and run a festival.

With nearly 40 years experience in staging the world-renowned biennial festival, LIFT's 7-week crash course takes 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 features 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.

Here's the course programme:

WEEK ONE: What makes a great festival

Context and positioning, critical mass, business plan, long-term organisational aims

WEEK TWO: Establishing the programme

How to find artists, where do you go to see work & how to forge partnerships and negotiation skills, participation

WEEK THREE: Finding your voice and your fans

Comms, audience development, press, understanding data, digital, evaluation

WEEK FOUR: Nuts and bolts

Learning the logistics, volunteers, visas, insurance, staffing, FoH, Box Office and team required

WEEK FIVE: Show me the money

Fundraising and income generation, understanding the development landscape, writing funding applications, working with Creative Europe

WEEK SIX: Maths club

A guide to finance and budgeting.

WEEK SEVEN: Conclusions & wrap-up

Wrap up session, time to cover anything you like in more detail and ask those final questions - maybe even a glass of wine.

Note: the programme may be subject to alteration.


Saatchi & Saatchi HQ

Chancery Lane

London WC2A 1JA


Tuesdays from 2 October to 20 November 2018

Note: no course session on Tuesday 23 October due to Half Term.


£575 with instalment option available


LIFT course website & booking

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