Building a Festival

We asked a few people to write a short piece about what happened at the latest Love Arts Think In. Here’s Gill Crawshaw (left) on being a builder:

How can we make the Love Arts Festival happen? We’ve got loads of great ideas from the think-ins and from people’s suggestions at previous festivals. But what do we need to put in place to make the ideas reality?

I was on the Builders team at the second think-in event in April. With our hard hats on, this was the place to think about the practical tools we need to build the festival. The Dreamers team said they want the festival to be bigger and better than ever. And the Thinkers were debating how to reach out to more people across Leeds. Careful planning and hard work will be needed if this is going to happen.

The building blocks of the festival must therefore include: partnership working, fundraising, marketing, and, most importantly, people power. It would be fantastic if we can raise money for new organising roles, paid and unpaid, in the festival, and grow our resources so we can hold even more events and involve more people.

Fortunately, we’ve got excellent foundations to build on: previous successful festivals, trusted partner organisations, steering group members and, of course, the Arts and Minds staff team. We’ll need your help too: look out for ways that you can help to create bigger and better Love Arts Festivals in future.

Gill Crawshaw