On the Road: European Performing Arts Fairs

On the Road: European Performing Arts Fairs

September 2022

Art of Festivals hits the road this autumn to represent artists and weave networks at Tanzmesse (Düsseldorf, DE, 1-3 September) and FiraTàrrega (Catalonia, SP, 8-11 September).

Transplanting Practice in Regina, SK

Knowledge-to-Action workshop for orchestra players & managers

August 2022

Art of Festivals is heading west to deliver a workshop co-designed with Kelly Hill from Hill Strategies at the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) + Orchestras Canada (OC) Western Orchestras Regional Meeting and Learning Sessions, 8-9 August, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Growing Audiences: Contemporary Jazz in the North of England

Growing Audiences: Reflection Sessions for Northern Jazz Promoters

June 2022

Art of Festivals is invited to contribute to the Northern Jazz Promoters Internship programme with a 2-part workshop on Growing Audiences, a dialogue space for music presenters who want to reconnect art & society.

Future Arts Centre

A Serious Game to imagine the arts centre of tomorrow

May 2022

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.

FLeX Spotlight Sessions

Festivals Learning Exchange (FLeX) Spotlights on Collaborating with Peers, Artists & Society

April 2022

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

mjf hothouse 2022

manchester jazz festival’s hothouse Talent Development Scheme: Mentoring the Next Generation of Northern Improvisers

March 2022

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 Expert Chat

SPARC Expert Chat: Mark Robinson, Rachel Marks & Fanny Martin on thriving as an independent practitioner

February 2022

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.

Canadian delegation at IETM Belgrade

Canadian delegation at IETM Belgrade 2022

October 2022

As a proud member of IETM since 2020, we’re delighted to take a delegation of Canadian arts leaders to the next Plenary Meeting in Belgrade, Serbia (29 September-2 October).

State of Emergence

State of Emergence: Interactive Facilitation and Reflection Cycle

January 2022

Art of Festivals publishes the interactive version of State of Emergence - a metaphorical pattern developed to support individual reflection and team facilitation - as a culmination of an action-research project funded by Canada Council for the Arts.

Orchestras Canada

Evaluation for Events and Performances: A Creative Tool for Responsive Recovery and Resilient Growth

December 2021

Orchestras Canada commissions Art of Festivals to share insights and tips on evaluation that can be carried out by staff, volunteers and board members to increase their understanding of their audience feelings, needs and desires.

IETM Girona 2021

IETM Satellite Girona 2022: New Funding Schemes and Cultural Policies Programme Facilitation

November 2021

Art of Festivals’ Creative Director Fanny Martin is invited by international contemporary performing arts network IETM to facilitate the Funding & Policy strand of the Girona (Spain) Satellite meeting.


HowlRound special feature on Creative Producers: Insights from ICP & CIPA

October 2021

In this essay on Mentorship, Empowerment and Cultural Equity as Ingredients to Build Community, CIPA fellow member and Art of Festivals collaborator Carlos Diaz Stoop highlights the key principles at play in peer-led collectives and networks such as ICP to cultivate professional communities outside institutional boundaries.

International Creative Producers

International Creative Producers: Peer Learning Experiment Digital Archive

March 2021

How do we build a peer network through co-learning and collective decision-making? Led by 5 Creative Producers, the ICP: Learning Collective experiment unfolded from September 2020 to February 2021 to co-create ground rules and a manifesto, share a budget for guest advisors and digital literacy courses, produce a community celebration and share insights in a series of dispatches.