Call for Proposals to Present at a Symposium on Leadership and Governance of Artistic Festivals
at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Friday 27th – Saturday 28th November 2009
Led by the UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM) and the Cultural Policy and Planning Unit (CPPU) at Leeds Metropolitan University
Festivals emerge in response to a variety of different factors, for some it is the vision of an individual artist/curator, for others it is in response to a communal action or a policy initiative on the part of a local authority or other ‘destination’. Surprisingly, given how ubiquitous festivals are in today’s cultural landscape, there is limited comparative work on how such different starting points support the growth and the sustainability of a festival.
Furthermore, as festivals become established with a Board and diverse stakeholders, the balance of power can shift along with the festival’s objectives.
This symposium will explore the governance and leadership of festivals (e.g. governed by a Board of Directors, an artistic director, a collective or the local authority) and the impact of different structures on the festival in terms of its organisational development, its artistic programme, its ability to position itself within cultural policy agendas and the impact of political leadership.
The main interest is to examine the evidence for the effectiveness of different organisational models in meeting a festival’s objectives, in relation to artistic programming, audience development and placemaking and the implications when things go wrong.
Presentations are invited to investigate Festival Governance and Leadership either through a consideration of leadership theory, a case study approach to a specific festival or a comparative perspective through stages of transformation, growth and/or crisis management. This might take the form of a forensic analysis of the key factors that might contribute to a festival’s success or failure.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PRESENTATIONS SHOULD BE IN POWERPOINT FORMAT (MAXIMUM 10 SLIDES) AND LAST NO MORE THAN 15 MINUTES TO ALLOW AMPLE TIME FOR DISCUSSION. THOSE WHO SUBMIT POWERPOINTS ACCEPT BY SUBMISSION THAT THESE PRESENTATIONS CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE AFTER THE EVENT AT THE EFRP PUBLIC DEPOSITORY, ON THE EFA WEB SITE (www.efa-aef.org).
Friday 27th November 2009
AM - travel and registration
PM - round table presentations and discussion with panel of 4-5 speakers plus invited audience of post graduate students and festival managers
EVE - dinner for visiting speakers
Saturday 28th November 2009
AM - round table presentations and discussion with panel of 4-5 speakers plus invited audience of post graduate students and festival managers
PM - workshop for Yorkshire Festivals Network
The European Festival Research Project (EFRP) is an international, interdisciplinary consortium, which is focused on the dynamics of artistic festivals in contemporary life. One of its principal aims is to understand the underlying causes of the current proliferation of festivals and its resource implications and diagnostic perspectives. EFRP focuses on those festivals that are driven by a firm artistic vision, involving international programming and which benefit from substantial support from public authorities.
Deadline for submission of proposals - May 25 2009
Notification of acceptance or rejection - June 10th 2009
Presentation in PowerPoint format - September 30th 2009