10 days 23 hours 28 mins 25 secs

Join leading figures from the cultural sector, for a FREE online series of talks and discussions from the 18th-20th August 2020.

The online programme will explore the relationship between festivals, communities and placemaking post-COVID and includes practical advice/guidance on what festival organisers will need to consider in a new approach to staging outdoor events.

Tuesday 18 August

Keeping your audiences safe  

10:30-12:00 incl. Q&A session + Live performance

Where do we even begin when it comes to thinking about planning for your audiences at post-Covid events? We’ll be discussing industry advice, tools and approaches you can put into action. We’ll also be joined by an expert in crowd psychology to look at how we can use this to predict behaviours and influence audience messaging before and during your event. 

This will be a panel discussion followed by a Q&A. To help us tailor the content to your needs please send us your questions in advance to [email protected] with Tomorrow, Today in the subject header. You can also ask questions on the day!

 

Local authority’s perspectives on events

14:00-15:00 incl. Q&A session

Representatives from 2 local authorities will be explaining any changes for event organisers; we’ll be looking at the new documentation you need to provide, considerations on sites and permissions, and what H&S plans might need to look like moving forward.  

This will be a panel discussion followed by a Q&A. To help us tailor the content to your needs please send us your questions in advance to [email protected] with Tomorrow, Today in the subject header. You can also ask questions on the day!

 

Wednesday 19 August

Practical advice for event design and delivery

10:30-12:00 incl. Q&A session + Live performance 

Every element of putting on live events has changed in the face of Covid; from food and drinks to ticketing, and from site builds to medical provision. We’ll be joined by a team of Event and Production Managers who will be sharing practical industry advice surrounding every element of event design and delivery. 

This will be a panel discussion followed by a Q&A. To help us tailor the content to your needs please send us your questions in advance to [email protected] with Tomorrow, Today in the subject header. You can also ask questions on the day!

 

New to outdoor arts

14:00-15:30 incl. Q&A session

Are you wanting to dip your toe into some live performance programming for your event next year? Join us for some simple dos and don’tshandy tips on what works and why, and where to find good quality outdoor work.

To help us tailor the content to your needs please send us your questions in advance to [email protected] with Tomorrow, Today in the subject header. You can also ask questions on the day!

Thursday 20 August

*What role do communities play in today’s festivals?

10:30-12:00 incl. Q&A session + Live performance  

From rainbows to nationwide clapping for key workers, COVID-19 has challenged and changed our understanding of community. Hear leading figures explore the evolving relationship between communities and festivals from policy, artistic and academic perspectives. With Helen Marriage, Director of ArtichokeRebecca Blackman, Arts Council National Director for Engagement and Audiences and Director for the Midlands based in Nottingham plus Dr Steven Millington, Manchester Metropolitan University, Institute of Place Management.

To help us tailor the content to your needs please send us your questions in advance to [email protected] with Tomorrow, Today in the subject header. You can also ask questions on the day!

*The future role of festivals in community engagement, place-making and regeneration

14:00-15:30 incl. Q&A session

A panel discussion exploring what the future will look like for festivals, and their relationships with their local communities; how will this change as a result of COVID? 

Our panel discussion in response to the Keynote speeches includes: Andrew LorettoHat Fair Director & freelance theatre maker; Maggie Clarke, Director of XTRAXPaul BristowArts Council National Director of Strategic Partnerships plus our very own David Edmunds, Festivals Director at Severn Arts.

Whilst looking at case studies of festivals already rooted in their communities, we’ll be discussing the narrative from the sector around the role festivals could play in their locality going forward in a time where we have rediscovered what it means to be part of a  community.  

To help us tailor the content to your needs please send us your questions in advance to [email protected] with Tomorrow, Today in the subject header. You can also ask questions on the day!

*Please note: It is recommended that the keynote speeches and panel discussion be booked alongside each other

Reflections from early-career producers

16:00-17:00 incl. Q&A session + Live performance 

A discussion with 4 early-career producers on their reflections from the 3 days and their hopes for the future in terms of festivals and communities as a result of attending Tomorrow, Today. 

To help us tailor the content to your needs please send us your questions in advance to [email protected] with Tomorrow, Today in the subject header. You can also ask questions on the day!

Please note: sessions will be recorded for evaluation purposes, attendees will not be shown on screen. 

Booking confirmation will be sent to your Severn Arts sign up email address, even if your booking is for several different attendees. Please note that more than one person from each organisation can attend.  

Bookings will close midday on Monday 17th August. If you would like to book a session after this time, please email us direct at [email protected] with Tomorrow, Today in the subject heading.

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Donations made when completing your booking will support the work of Severn Arts. By donating you allow us to plan for the future, as we strive to widen our reach, develop talent and offer opportunities to the children, young people and wider community of Worcestershire.

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Keeping your Audiences Safe

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Local Authority’s Perspectives on Events

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Practical Advice for Event Design and Delivery

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New to Outdoor Arts

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What Role do Communities Play in Today’s Festivals?

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The Future of Festivals in Community

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Reflections from Early-Career Producers

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