Being a festival director is a challenging and diverse role – part of the challenge comes from the huge logistics involved in organising a festival event.
You will also be required to trouble-shoot; find creative, original options and solutions; fit in with the event’s overall purpose; adhere to environmental restrictions, manage whole teams of personnel, suppliers and contractors – and that’s before you get to performers and attendees!
At any given time you could be involved in:
Remember, these are just some of the facets of festival management, but with the right kind of event qualification, specifically one which includes a marketing focus and CIM accreditation, you can gain the professional skills you need.
We’d be lying if we said that festivals are an easy field to get into.
The truth is, in tune with the fast growth of festival popularity, comes the rapid rise in competition for festival event roles. You must put yourself in the spotlight in order to succeed, you can help things along by gaining:
Festival event management encompasses many roles and may include job titles which fit in with other arts and entertainment event roles. These might include (but certainly aren’t limited to):
We automatically associate festival-going with music but there’s an increasing demand for food, wine, beer, film, history, hobbies and arts festivals sponsored or run by big-name companies. They are always on the lookout for new talent and new ideas when it comes to festival production.
Check out how Johnny Grant, Creative Director at The Department manages all aspect of events for big names such as the BBC, Party-in-the-Park and Glastonbury Festival – and works regularly with Event Academy students on Postgraduate work placements.
At Event Academy, we’re all about learning through experience. Our lecturers are event industry experts, delivering live events as well as lecturing for us … so you can learn through their experiences too.
Our lecturers also offer their own areas of expertise, so you’ll be learning from those who are centre stage in delivering successful festivals:
Our lecturers don’t just stand up and tell you all about it, they also show you with on-site visits to events they’re involved in. This will have a real impact both on your learning experience and your professional experience, as alumni Hayley found on her Postgraduate course:
“It’s brilliant to see how the lecturers actually work when they are on site.”
Our courses readily include this level of immersion with the work of professional event managers. This experiential basis for all our learning content will enhance your own knowledge, practice, network, opportunities, and prospects when it comes to stepping into the festival management spotlight!