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Fringe City Producer & Events Manager | Brighton Fringe LTD
Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts Festival and one of the largest Fringe Festivals in the world. Brighton Fringe takes place in Brighton throughout the month of May and includes over 1000 events.
In my role at the Brighton Fringe I produce Fringe City which is a progamme of outdoor showcase events taking place each weekend in May, with a footfall of over 120,000 visitors. Fringe City takes place on New Brighton, with 3 stages showcasing over 45 performances per day, concession stalls, information stalls and sponsorship activations. Performances range from outdoor circus, acrobatics, puppetry through to live music, dance and cabaret.
My role also encompasses the organisation of event management for Brighton Fringe’s busy year-round programme of in-house events, including launches, award ceremonies, promotional events.
As producer and events manager I am responsible for event design and development, proposals and pitches, management of events budgets, liaison with sponsors and funders, planning, programming and production management of all of Brighton Fringe events, management of stalls and concessions, Health and Safety management, management of events staff, volunteers and contractors, site management for installations and de-rigs and live event management.
Watch the video below to get an idea of Brighton Fringe’s busy events programme:
Festival Director | South Westminster Community Festival
SouthWestFest is Westminster’s largest community festival, a two-week long, open access arts and well-being multi-venue event that takes place in June of each year. The festival features the famous Pimlico Proms and Festival day in St.George’s Square which attract an audience of around 10,000 each year. In 2016 the festival hosted over 57 events including co-produced events with WICKED the Musical, the Royal Court and Tate Britain.
My role as Festival Director encompasses year-round management of the charitable organisation which produces SouthWestFest. I also over see all planning, programming, marketing and production for the festival’s wide range of events. I manage festival partnerships with local venues and organisations from the Abbey Centre through to the Royal Court and Tate Britain. I also organise fundraising and sponsorship, as well as ensuring the secure financial management of the organisation and management of staff and volunteers.
WOMEN CENTRE STAGE
Festival Producer | Women Centre Stage Festival
Women Centre Stage Festival 2016 included 100 cast, writers, directors and crew, 7 hours of programming, 25 Plays, 1 Panel Discussion and 4 workshops which took place at The Actors Centre and Hampstead Theatre in London.
The festival is presented by Sphinx Theatre a vanguard of promoting, advocating and inspiring women in the arts. In my role as Festival Producer, I managed finances, budget management, fundraising, marketing, contracting, artist and agent liaison, venue booking and liaison, programming, management of production, stage, FOH and technical staff and live event management.
As well as producing the festival as a whole, I also worked with Sphinx Theatre as Producer for the in-house theatre productions which were created especially for the festival; this included new plays by April de Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Winsome Pinnock, Howard Brenton, Charlene James, Vinay Patel and a cast including Dame Janet Suzman, Beatie Edney, Ann Mitchell, Maggie Steed, Stella Gonet, and many others.
The Festival Performance Day, a venue-wide take over of all 3 spaces at Hampstead Theatre on the 20th of November 2016, had sell-out programmes for Women on the Edge and Sphinx Writers Group and standing ovations for the New Women and 24 Hour Plays programmes.
Founded as The Women’s Theatre Group in 1973 Sphinx Theatre Company, renamed in 1990, has been in the vanguard of promoting, advocating and inspiring women in the arts through productions, conferences and research for more than 40 years. I joined the company in the role of Executive Producer, after working with them as Festival Producer for Women Centre Stage. As Executive Producer, I work closely with Sue Parrish to manage the strategic development of the company, planning of the artistic programme as well as producing individual theatre projects, salons and Women Centre Stage Festival. Recently I have been working on audience development as well as the planning and fundraising for a new production and tour of A Berlin Kabaret plus writing workshops produced in conjunction with Writing Brecht and Arts at the Old Fire Station for Crisis.
Event Producer | Handmade at Amazon Launch Event
Bearded Kitten are an experiential creative events agency based in North East London. I joined the Bearded Kitten team as a Freelance Event Producer to produce Amazon’s launch event for their new brand Handmade at Amazon. Within a tight turnaround time, I worked closely with the Creative Designer to bring together Amazon’s brief for an arts and crafts market style press launch event. To stay on-brand, all the decor, furniture and styling for the event had to come from artisans, designers and makers who produce hand made products.
My role encompassed client liaison, pitching and event design, budget management, production logistics, print design and production, direct management of staff and contractors, procuring catering and refreshments, hiring entertainment, site management for the install and de-rig and live event management for the event.
Press from across the city were invited down to the Amazon Photo Studio for an exclusive sneak peek at some of the finest handmade goods in the UK. Artisans displayed candles, up-cycled lights, and hand carved skateboards in a beautifully designed craft market setting. All elements of the event were carefully made at Bearded Kitten HQ and provided the perfect backdrop to the launch. Guests enjoyed keynote speeches from delegates, acoustic bands, organic food and locally brewed beer.
The feedback Amazon gave Bearded Kitten was very positive; “All the guests were super impressed with the attention to detail and high-quality market you created, we couldn’t be happier.” Amazon
Event Video by Bearded Kitten:
ARTSPACE LIFESPACE & INVISIBLE CIRCUS
Fundraising & Arts Development Consultant | Artspace Lifespace & Invisable Circus
Artspace Lifespace and Invisible Circus asked me to write a combined bid for arts funding from Bristol City Council, as well as working with both organisations to review their current strategic planning, marketing, and fundraising activities and develop an overarching fundraising and audience development strategy to be written into their business plans.
GREAT FIRE 350: DOMINOES
Section Manager | Station House Opera | Artichoke
Dominoes is a moving art installation project which Station House Opera has produced in numerous cities across the globe over the past 6 years. I joined Station House Opera and White Productions as a Section Manager to provide onsite management of the London Wall section of the Domonies Art Installation. I managed the set up, live event managment and de-rig of the section, volunteer training and managment ( around 20 volunteers joined each section to help construct the installation), site crew management as well as working closely with security and traffic management teams to conduct safe road closures during the live event to ensure the Art Installation could move accross main London roads.
“Thousands of breezeblocks were lined up throughout the Square Mile. Starting off at a single location, the domino line split into three, each line threading its way through the historical and everyday parts of The City, linking areas in a symbolic as well as physical chain of cause and effect, tracing paths through The City as did the Great Fire of London. Along streets, across city squares and even inside buildings, one block tipped over the next, each route led to a spectacular, fiery finale.” More information from Visit London here http://www.visitlondon.com/greatfire350/events/dominoes
NEW WRITING SOUTH
Festival Fundraising and Development | New Writing South
New Writing South is the pre-eminent creative writing hub in south-east England, dedicated to inspiring, nurturing and connecting all kinds of excellent creative writers. New Writing South’s community of writers includes authors, playwrights, poets, radio dramatists, bloggers, screenwriters and more.
I joined NWS in a contract role to look at development of new events programming and festival concepts as well as working with the NWS team to look developing fundraising strategies and local business networks to promote and support literary events across the south-east.
Producer and Performer
Renowned makers of The Ultimate Kate Bush Experience. Shambush! are creators of imaginative, tailored, theatrical encounters, performance spaces, and nonsensical events for five to five thousand. I’ve worked with Shambush since 2008 as a producer, onsite events manager, and sometimes performer. Working on events including Utopian Game Show Experience at White Nights which was the busiest interactive event commissioned in 2011 with an audience of 12,000, Shambush Ultimate Theme Park Experience for Secret Garden Party, Gentlemen’s Relish at the Marlborough Theatre and most recently The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever an international project for which we produced performances at Lambeth Country Fair in 2016 and Room and Board, a collaborative community arts project between SouthWestFest, Shambush and Tate Britain in July 2017.
Producer | Picnic Lightning
Picnic Lightning is a London based event company specialising in creative catering events. I work with Picnic Lighting producing corporate away day cooking challenge events (imagine the Great British Bake Off but with your work colleagues taking part in teams), supper clubs and specialist food workshops.
My work includes sourcing unique locations, working with top chefs, installing multi-station kitchens and full dining experiences to produce memorable catering challenge events with a twist.
Event Director & Board Member | Nowhere Festival
Nowhere Festival is a unique arts event experience. Based in the Monegros Desert in Spain, the event challenges its participants through extreme heat, winds and surroundings. Each year thousands of people come together to produce exceptional art installations and performances and are part of a temporary community which explores creativity, self-expression and radical self-reliance.
I worked with Nowhere Festival for near on 10 years in various roles. In my last four years with the organisation I worked as the Production Manager and then Event Director for the Festival and well as being a member of the Board, who are the overarching steering group for the organisation.
BRIGHTON AND HOVE
Event Producer | Eat Cook Grow
Eat Cook Grow was a promotional event which I produced for Brighton and Hove Food Partnership. The event took place as part of Brighton Food Festival. Thousands of people flocked to the Eat Cook Grow area, which featured plot-to-plate activity workshops, a Harvest Festival display and hundreds of meals served up as part of on-the-day cooking tutorials. It also included a real urban farm featuring a heavy horse for children to ride on, fruiting trees, apple juicing and beehives.
I was hired as a freelance producer for the two-day outdoor event, which had a footfall of around 40,000 visitors as part of the September Harvest celebrations. My role included planning and development, production management, responsibility for design and styling as well as on-the-day event management and post-event reporting.
DIAMOND JUBILEE FESTIVAL
Area Manager | Diamond Jubilee Festival
The Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park took place over the weekend of the Queen’s big celebrations giving 90,000 residents and visitors the chance to party in a true regal and retro style.
As an Area Manager, I was in charge of the installation, on-site technical production management, live event management and de-rig of the Vintage By Hemingway area including a live music stage, catwalk and vintage market.
Event and Art Installation Producer | 350.org
Earth 350 was a public art display that was designed to send a climate warning to political leaders in the run-up to the UN Climate Talks in Cancun. 2,000 participants gathered on Brighton seafront to form the shape of King Canute, and satellite images were produced as part of an international art campaign.
Working for 350.org and Thom Yorke from Radiohead, I was given less than a month to manage the project from conception to completion. I had to gain the licenses and agreements from the local council for the site on Hove Lawns as well as managing the marketing and advertising to attract an audience of over 2,000 to take part in the event. The event was successfully produced on time with the audience taking part in creating a human sculpture of King Canute which was then photographed by Satellite in conjunction with other projects taking place around the world.
“We were also incredibly thankful to be working with Joanna because she is remarkable at overcoming any and all obstacles that arise with events of this nature. Her calm, professional manner was a wonderful bonus and made her an absolute delight to work with. The whole 350.org staff agrees that we hit the jackpot with Joanna and highly recommend her to other organisations.”
Heidi Quante, 350.org
Playgroup Festival | Production & Performance Manager
Playgroup Festival was a grassroots music and arts Festival that took place at Eridge Park in Kent. The Festival provided a showcase for bands from across London and the South East, as well as supporting art installations and interactive theatre to create an eclectic, magical and immersive experience for the Festival audience.
Playgroup Festival was imagined and conceived by a collective of creatives from Brighton. As Production and Performance Manager, my role was split between managing the Festival production and programming interactive theatre and immersive performances.