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Creative Horizon 3 – Take part in our Festival Futures Workshops

Our third Creative Horizon project is exploring how digital technologies, data-driven business models, and online platforms for performance can support equitable and sustainable festivals in Edinburgh and South-East Scotland in the next decade.

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We are currently seeking participants from festivals, individual practitioners and organisations working in or with the performing arts and creative industries in Edinburgh and South East Scotland to take part in a series of workshops with the Creative Informatics research team, that will explore ‘provotypes’ developed by speculative design agency Andthen, based on interviews with members of the festivals community.

The workshops will take place over April and May 2022 and have been organised according to the four key themes of the project.

We will be running an in-person and online session for each of the workshops, as follows:

Uses and value of performance, audience and festival data

Online: Wednesday 6 April, 10am-12pm. Sign up via Eventbrite.

In-person: Thursday 7 April, 10am-1pm. CodeBase, 37a Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL. Sign up via Eventbrite.

Producing and experiencing digital performance and events

In-person: *Moved* Friday 6th May, 1pm – 4pm. CodeBase, 37a Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL. Sign up via Eventbrite.

Online: Thursday 21 April, 10am – 12pm. Sign up via Eventbrite.

New creative transactions and ticketing

In-person: Wednesday 27 April, 10am-1pm. InSpace, The University of Edinburgh, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB. Sign up via Eventbrite.

Online: Thursday 28 April, 1-3pm. Sign up via Eventbrite.

Cultural work and platform labour in the festivals and cultural sector

In-person: Wednesday 4 May, 10am-1pm. InSpace, The University of Edinburgh, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB. Sign up via Eventbrite.

Online: Thursday 5 May, 1-3pm. Sign up via Eventbrite.

Please join us to share your thoughts and hopes for the future of Edinburgh and SE Scotland’s festivals as we explore the ‘provotypes’ developed by Andthen with a view to producing a speculative edition of a 2030 festivals publication that we are calling FestForward. Spaces are limited for each workshop, and to ensure we include a diverse range of voices we would ask that you sign up for no more than two sessions. 

At in-person sessions, food and refreshments will be provided and all activities will be conducted in line with COVID-19 guidance to ensure a comfortable, safe and well-ventilated space.

If you are a freelancer, or are taking part in a personal capacity rather than on behalf of an organisation, we will offer a £40 shopping voucher after the workshop as a token of thanks for your time.

If you have any questions about Creative Horizon 3 or any of our upcoming workshops, please contact us at creativeinformatics@ed.ac.uk.

 

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