Michael Eavis joins cream of Bristol’s creative events industry to discuss future of festivals sector

January 12, 2018

Some of the leading lights in the Bristol region’s creative industry – including Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis – will gather next month to put the future shape of the festival and events sector under the spotlight.

They will appear on a heavyweight panel at an event at Bath Spa University, offering a chance for festival industry professionals – as well as those just starting out – to discuss the challenges and opportunities they face, and hear from experts on how they can future-proof their businesses.  

The West of England is home to a huge range of festivals and cultural events from Glastonbury – the largest event of kind in the world – to WOMAD, Love Saves The Day and Bristol Harbour Festival, to smaller events covering music of every type, visual art, literature, film, dance, circus skills, poetry and crafts.

As a result, the region has developed a large pool of skilled performers, venues and associated professionals linked to the industry.

The event, on Tuesday February 6, is the second in Bath Business School’s 2017-18 series of Creative Business Network discussions. 

Michael Eavis, pictured above, will be joined by Bristol-based trainer, singer and founder of the RYMA awards Kizzy Morrell, pictured centre, creative director at The Invisible Circus Doug Francisco, pictured below, head of programming at The Bath Festival Judith Robinson and Phil Casteng of Bristol Music Trust, Bath Guitar Festival and The Bath Festival.  

As well as a Q&A session, when the audience will be encouraged to quiz the panel, the evening event will include drinks and nibbles, live music and a stage production showcase from Hot Cheeks, the team behind the Glastonbury Glade area. 

Bath Spa University senior lecturer in business management Darren Hoad, who is pathway leader for festivals and event management, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have such a renowned line-up of industry speakers joining us for our next Creative Business Network event.

“The future of the festivals and event industry is an incredibly exciting one, but there are certain challenges ahead that businesses must overcome if they are to stay commercially viable and relevant.

“I’m looking forward to hearing the panel’s thoughts on what they have planned for the next 12 months and any wisdom they can impart on our next generation of event organisers.”

Bath Spa University, which has been teaching business and management since 1997, established the Bath Business School in 2015 to accommodate growing student numbers and demand for its courses, including the BA (Hons) Business and Management (Festivals and Events).

The course teaches students the theory behind organising successful festivals and events as well as providing on-the-ground practical experience with the school’s many industry links, helping them develop the core skills they will need to gain employment in the industry.

Members of staff from Glastonbury Festival regularly attend the university to deliver lectures, and in 2016 two students gained work placements at the festival as part of their courses.

Festivals: sustainability, survival and the future of the industry takes place at the Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University on February 6 from 6pm to 8.30pm.

To register, visit https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/festivals-the-future-of-the-industry/


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