The programme was addressed at emerging festival managers or those who have ambitions to get involved in festivals and the mitigation of climate change. Participants broadened their professional skills, widened their horizons, and developed new project ideas under the professional guidance of renowned festival managers from all over the world who shared their rich experience and guided participants throughout the 3 days.
One of the greatest existential threats to humankind is the changes in climate caused by human activity in the forms of industrialisation, mining, the use of fossil fuels, pollution and the like. Festivals are not exempt either from being complicit in contributing in some measure towards climate change nor in being impacted upon by climate change. Increasingly, the arts sector broadly and festivals in particular are becoming aware of their responsibility in mitigating climate change.
But how do they do this without compromising the quality and variety of the experience of the audience? And how do festivals mitigate their impact on climate change anyway?
The Online Training sessions offered in 2020 consisted of four courses, each of them including 2-3 days of training (4-6h/day) and an optional social networking moment on Friday after the training. Training courses were topic-based, focusing on different themes:
- Contemporary Festival Business Models - 23-24 September
- Festivals and the Mitigation of Climate Change - 19-21 October
- Curating Online Festivals - 24-25 November
- Festivals and Social Cohesion - 16-17 December
Each session included:
- Training sessions – Two days of plenary sessions per training, each day consisting of a 4-hours long session with a break in between
- Networking – Break-out groups of 5-6 people for socialising and connecting
- DJ sessions – An online party on Friday after the training with guest DJs from different world regions
- Taking into account different time zones: the plenary sessions will be scheduled - and some of them recorded - so people can see it at different times
Participants were guided by experts from a wide geographical, social, inter-disciplinary as well as cross-sectorial range (experts from foundations, social movements, etc) to collect a range of different experiences and strategies.