Countdown to Glasgow 2016!
Just 20 days to go until I head off on the train from Leeds to Glasgow and I’m feeling very under-prepared for participating in such a massive (un)conference…
My idea is to create a session on one of the two days which would be about planning and organising some public events that could animate the whole network around a broad theme.
I want to find out whether we can organise a devolved / distributed Radical Film Network festival and what our approach might be to curating content and event planning.
These sorts of questions might act as starting points:
What do RFN members think a festival should be / be for?
What do people know / think / suggest about themes?
Why would we get funded?
Who would like to be involved?
How do we organise a completely devolved / distributed festival?
Is a festival even ‘festive’ if its not spatially or temporally bounded?
What can we learn from the experiences of other members in the network?
See you in Glasgow!
About Laura Ager
Freelance event organiser, film programmer and PhD student (University of Salford). I have been researching cultural festivals as a mode of engagement and education, looking in particular at festivals presented by universities.
I have worked as film programmer, volunteer co-ordinator, venues manager, print co-ordinatrix and whatever else has needed doing at Leeds and Bradford International Film Festivals. I organise pop-up screenings in Leeds, I have contributed events to Scalarama's nationwide celebration of cinema and I volunteer at the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds. Usually this involves selling popcorn but sometimes I do bits of programming and host Q&As with guests.
I'm interested in film, history, cultural studies, the politics of the cultural economy and non-hierarchical models of organising.
You can find out about the films I'm screening on twitter: @filmfringe
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