What if
we had better
conversations?

What if
we had better
conver-
sations?

What if we
took more time
to think and feel?

What if
life was more
like a festival?

Projects

EnAbling Change: Accessibility

Learning series on accessibility in the performing arts

Production advice for Orchestras Canada (CAN)

2022

Experience design for a digital learning series exploring accessibility in the performing arts with disability rights activists and artists

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Piloting
Facilitation
Producing

Future Arts Centres

Serious Game: Imagining the future of arts centres

Commissioned by Ambassade de France au Canada
In partnership with the Centre for Digital Media (CAN)

2021-2022

Strategic advice for a digital simulation ('serious game') exploring the skills and strategies needed to manage tomorrow's cultural hubs

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Piloting
Research
Facilitation

FLeX: Festivals Learning Exchange

Learning series on collaboration and change

Commissioned & co-produced by WorkInCulture (CAN)

2021-2022

Designing, programming and producing a digital learning series for 15 festivals across Ontario to enhance their collaborative practices

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NEWS

Free to download or play online, Future Arts Centre is a digital simulation of a multidisciplinary venue over several management cycles, imagined and produced by the Embassy of France in Canada with strategic production advice from Art of Festivals.

Recordings from the three Spotlight sessions on Collaborating with Peers, Collaborating with Artists and Collaborating with Society are available on the WorkInCulture’s website.

Art of Festivals is invited as a mentor as part of *hothouse*, manchester jazz festival’s talent development scheme for emerging jazz & improvised music artists in the North of England.

SPARC - Supporting Performing Arts in Rural & Remote Communities (Ontario, Canada) commissions a conversation with Mark Robinson (Thinking Practice), Rachel Marks (Relaxed Performance consultant) & Fanny Martin (Art of Festivals) to share insights on thriving as an independent arts consultant, tools and tactics for creative resilience, sporks, poetry and career cycles.

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Testimonials

"Fanny Martin and Art of Festivals are some of my favourite collaborators for projects that require innovative thinking and creative producing. As a theatre-maker, I'd describe them as project and producing "dramaturgs": they ask thoughtful questions, diligently craft a project's goals and vision and make sure that we're on track. They excel at creating collaborative digital spaces for engaging teams and participants on digital platforms. Oh, and the Art of Festivals team is a riot to work with - meetings are so much fun!"

Sunny Drake, playwright

"It's very reassuring working with Fanny Martin. There's an emphasis on designing and learning together and being responsive to what is happening in the moment. Fanny's keen understanding of the arts and culture sector and areas of opportunities for sector advancement is brought forward in every step of the planning. Moreover, Fanny finds and brings out elements of joy and motivation during sessions - even when the topic is heavy!"

Stephanie Draker, Program Manager

WorkInCulture
"Art of Festivals did a great job of designing a multi-track programme that showed a deep understanding of the needs of our audience. They also went above and beyond in the contributor briefing process with detailed briefs, rehearsals and technical orientations on the platform. This resulted in high quality and well pitched speaker contributions and engaging panel discussions."

Tamsin Curror, Communications Manager

Centre for Cultural Value
“Fanny is extremely cogent and articulate about the vital topic of the arts’ relationship with other dimensions of society.”

Graham Devlin CBE, Arts Consultant

“Fanny’s ability to hold things together, along with her depth of strategic thinking and insight, are greatly valued.”

Peter Wiegold, Artistic Director

Club Inégales / Third Orchestra
“This was one of the best online events I’ve attended in a while, everything from the logistics, planning, communications to the event itself was flawless and extremely professional.”

Louis-Etienne Dubois, Associate Professor

Ryerson University
“Fanny was absolutely fantastic to work with! She brought our project to a much higher level than we could have achieved without her! Her commitment, passion, expertise, contact, production skills, and attention to detail were all invaluable. I learned a great deal and feel that my own future work will be better for having worked with Fanny.”

Natalie Dewan, Program Associate

Ontario Presents
“Art of Festivals was clear and direct. They provided fresh, new ideas about how to reach out to audiences and speakers and I appreciated the direction, ideas, and care given to our event. Art of Festivals was also impeccably organised!”

Meaghan Froh Metcalf, Network and Programs Director

Ontario Culture Days

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We are guided by critical reflection on ethics, politics and aesthetics in everything we do, including where we work, who we work and don’t work with, how we work with individuals and institutions, and why we persist in producing bespoke structures for art & dialogue. 


Fanny Martin, Creative Director 

Helena Grdadolnik, Chair

Deborah Brewster, Secretary

Peter Martin, Treasurer

Art of Festivals is a member of CIPA (Creative & Independent Producer Alliance) & IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts).

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