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2016 BAFA Regional Forum/England - Portsmouth, DATE TBC (early September), 1pm-5pm
Our 2016 BAFA Road Show in England will be held in Portsmouth, courtesy of our BAFA Festival Host: Portsmouth Festivities. If you are involved in anyway with the festival, live event and venue sector you are very welcome to attend. All of BAFA's events are open to anyone interested in the topics we are discussing. For 2016 our core topic is: Audience Development.
With the focus on shared experience, this informal but focussed afternoon event is an opportunity to network with your peers, hear first hand case studies from a wide range of festivals and venues and to dicuss with experts in the field the latest ideas in developing your audience.
We look forward to meeting you in Portsmouth.
The programme will include case studies from Cheltenham Festivals on the use of social media within an audience development strategy and our Festival Hosts: Portsmouth Festivities, on marketing & audience development, as well as experts including the Audience Agency who will be discussing Audience Finder and the resources this can bring to your festival, venue or live event - whatever its size.
Keep an eye on the BAFA Facebook page for further updates: BritArtsFests
Do you run a Welsh Festival?
Do you work for a Welsh Festival?
On Friday 8 April in Newport, Gwent the second Welsh Festivals Forum is being held.
What's it about?
With a central focus on audiences and some expert speakers, the programme allows plenty of time to discuss other important issues with colleagues facing the same challenges and over lunch to get to know some of those Welsh Festivals you'v'e never met before.
Click on the poster for more information.
Want to book a ticket?
Its just £15:
Ask BAFA HQ: firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 BAFA Regional Forums
The Inaugural Welsh Festival Forum
Friday 24 April 11.00-15.30
READ THE FULL PROGRAMME
BAFA thanks to: Carys Wynne, Arts Council Wales; Ruth Coulthard & Peter Johns, Town Team, Abergavenny Town Council; and Jo Nugent, The Angel Hotel for support with organising the programme and venue for this meeting.
Plan for the future with the
2014 BAFA SPRING ROAD SHOW
MEET THE EXPERTS
ACCESS ALL AREAS: Development
The BAFA Spring Road Show #BAFA14RS brings festivals of all sizes
together with leading professionals in a unique active learning forum
and this year, responding to feedback, we have particularly selected
our locations to coincide with a live festival: combining the theoretical with the practical!
Planning for the future?
Only one Road Show left this season:
Planning for the future?
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
All BAFA events are open to anyone with an interest in festivals to attend.
We keep the road shows small, friendly and focussed - networking afternoons - but within a framework. Whatever your involvement in the festival sector - we guarantee you will leave with more than you brought - more than you thought!
BAFA Members £25 - bring a second colleague for FREE
Everyone Else £40
Planning for the future?
PROGRAMME: BAFA GOES TO ... CHELTENHAM
CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Friday 6 June is day four of the festival and there is a full day of events including the following ones that could top and tail attendance at the BAFA Road Show – all are conveniently close by the Road Show venue St Andrews Church:
BAFA ROAD SHOW: MEET THE EXPERTS
An eclectic mix of topics presented by leading experts, designed to provide signposts to emerging trends, innovative ideas & the very latest opportunities for festivals and events alongside the chance to network with peer organisations – and all against the backdrop of the Cheltenham Science Festival.
Mixing festival experience with specialist knowledge – the BAFA Road Show each year is the only way to: WORK SMARTER: STAY CONNECTED: MEAN BUSINESS
13.45-14.45: ACCESSIBILTY & THE FESTIVAL
What does ‘access’ mean for festivals in practical terms? What demands do the different groups: performers, organisers, audience make of the festival? We hear from Attitude is Everything on the outcomes of their recent State of Access Report (read it here along with other useful resources) and discuss festivals own developing experiences.
StageText will also talk about their work providing captioning and live speech-to-text services to live events.
14.45-15.15: EVOLUTION OF EVALUATION
What ways do you collect feedback from your audience? It can be expensive as well as time consuming – and then what do you do with the data you have collected? Using Cheltenham Festivals as a model, Portsmouth Universities i-DAT Technology Lab have developed Qualia, a digital tool that offers a sustainable model for capturing audience feedback and improving participation and engagement. Discuss how new technologies can be harnessed by the festivals and events sector regardless of the demographic.
15.30-16.30: FUNDING, THE ARTS & EUROPE
European arts funding: why don't more UK cultural organisations apply? You may think ‘That’s not for us’ but hear us out as we investigate in detail the brand new Creative Europe funding stream and how it differs from the schemes that went before. We will dissect why the UK is one of the most successful applicant countries and learn how to access the resources available to join that elite group of arts organisations. In fact - everything you ever wanted to know about applying for EU funding but were afraid to ask!
And after a brief round-up there are plenty more festival events to enjoy, including the following that are also conveniently located near to the Road Show venue:
Shortly after the Road Show in Cheltenham, our final Road Show this year, delegates will be emailed a complete workbook of information that covers all the Road Shows - not just the one you attended - with information, presentations, contact details, tips and advice.
We look forward to meeting you.
Mark and Ian Social Media Tips!
(Part 1 and many other videos and tips available)