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Creative industry heavyweights discuss the future of festivals at Creative Business Network event

Friday, 12 January, 2018

On Tuesday 6 February, Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis will be joined by a panel of creative industry heavyweights to discuss the future of the festival and events sector.

The event, which is the second in Bath Business School’s 2017-18 series of Creative Business Network events held at Bath Spa University, will be an opportunity for industry professionals - as well as those just starting out - to discuss the challenges and opportunities they face, and hear from the expert panel on how they can future-proof their businesses. Registration is now open.

On the panel, are:

  • Michael Eavis, founder of Glastonbury Festival
  • Kizzy Morrell, founder of the Regional Youth Music Awards
  • Doug Fransisco, creative director at The Invisible Circus
  • Phil Castang of Bristol Music Trust, The Bath Festival and Bath Guitar Festival
  • Judith Robinson, head of programming at The Bath Festival

As well as a question and answer session where members of the audience will be encouraged to put questions to the panel, the event will include drinks and nibbles, live music and a stage production showcase from Hot Cheeks, the team behind the Glastonbury Glade area.

Darren Hoad, senior lecturer in business management and pathway leader for festivals and event management at Bath Spa University, 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 has been teaching business and management to its students since 1997. In 2015, the Bath Business School was established to accommodate growing student numbers and demand for its courses, including the BA (Hons) Business and Management (Festivals and Events) course. 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’ll 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 is taking place at the Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University on Tuesday 6 February, 6:00pm-8:30pm.

To register for the event, please visit the Bath Spa Live website.


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