Behind the Scenes of Outdoor Arts Festivals

OAUK Festival Focus learning cohort at Bournemouth’s Arts by the Sea

September 2023

Art of Festivals’ Creative Director Fanny Martin is heading to the seaside as part of OAUK Festival Focus, a programme of curated visits to outdoor arts festivals. Accompanied by members of the OAUK team, each event has a particular focus and is an opportunity to learn more about each festival’s aims and objectives, understand practical issues, meet producers and artists, ask questions – as well as see a lot of work.

Creative Producing training for job-seeking artists in Brussels

In collaboration with Arts & Publics, a Brussels-based Social and Democratic Enterprise

September 2023

It’s September and we’re back in the classroom :) we’re very happy to deliver in-person workshops on how to think like a producer to the 2023-2024 cohort of Arts & Publics artistic leaders and cultural animators (en français).

‘Starting Well’ Research Residency @ The Ethics Centre

Creative research on setting up thriving collaborations

August 2023

Art of Festivals’ Creative Director Fanny Martin has been selected for The Ethics Centre (Sydney, Australia)’s inaugural residency programme to undertake an initial research phase into the concept and practice of Starting Well, leading to further explorations and practical applications.

Spring 2023 European Festivals

Network weaving at professional programmes & conferences

June 2023

After Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), SPRING Festival (Utrecht), and CaDance Festival (Den Haag) in May, Art of Festivals will take part in CPH Stage (Copenhagen), IETM Plenary Aarhus and ISPA Manchester in June for the opening of Factory International.

Sold-out opening run at SPRING Festival and Critic’s Pick for RELIQUIEM

New Motus Mori artwork now touring in the Netherlands and beyond

May 2023

“Art cannot be more urgent.” First presented inside Utrecht’s central train station, RELIQUIEM takes audiences on an audio tour of the ever-growing movement-archive conceived by Katja Heitmann, guided by people who have donated their stories and gestures – and those of their loved ones – to become part of our shared heritage.

Motus Mori: RELIQUIEM premières at SPRING Festival and CaDance

Intimate movement-opera for public spaces launches in English and Dutch

May 2023

After collecting the everyday movements of over 1,500 people and presenting them in live exhibitions in multiple cities, Katja Heitmann presents a new work drawn from the movement-archive at SPRING Festival (Utrecht, 19-21 May), CaDance (Den Haag, 27-29 May) then touring to Den Bosch, Eindhoven, Düsseldorf and more to be confirmed. Art of Festivals is developing international relationships to bring Motus Mori artworks to new cities and produce commissioning frameworks for new creations.

Climate Change and Other Small Talk launches worldwide!

First episode of 9-part theatrical podcast conceived by Sunny Drake released on Earth Day

April 2023

Conceived by Sunny Drake, written by 9 international playwrights, co-produced with companies from Australia, India, Mauritius, Nigeria, Chile and Canada, and lead-produced by Art of Festivals, Climate Change and Other Small Talk reached #3 in Canada, #3 in Nigeria, #1 in India and #1 in Poland in the Apple Podcasts charts for Comedy Fiction in its first week.

Work & disability in the arts: IETM Belgrade Session Report

Work & Disability in the Arts: IETM Belgrade Session Report

February 2023

This session report was commissioned by IETM to capture the lively panel discussion moderated by Filip Pawlak (IETM Global Connector 2021-22, Poland) and featuring choreographer Jovana Rakić (Serbia), theatre-maker Mindy Drapsa (Sweden) and Access Consultant Rachel Marks (Canada).

OutdoorArtsUK: Reconnect in Bradford

Exploring the post-Brexit & post-pandemic UK outdoor arts sector

February 2023

More connections and knowledge exchange at the OAUK Reconnect Conference, with 350 artists, presenters, producers and funders working in street theatre, traditional & contemporary dance, music, puppetry, comedy, pyrotechnics, visual art, digital art, circus, parades, carnivals and melas.

Art of Festivals at ISPA & Under the Radar

Representing Independent Creative Producers at Performing Arts Conferences

January 2023

We are once more practising the art of packing for a mini-tour of North American conferences and industry series, representing CIPA - Creative & Independent Producer Alliance at ISPA and Under the Radar's symposium and taking in the newest experimental performances showing this month on New York’s stages.

Motus Mori Institute in the New York Times

"Our Body is the Archive"

December 2022

We’re so happy to share this beautiful New York Times feature about Katja Heitmann and her extraordinary project, Motus Mori Institute – an archive of human movement, collected through movement-interviews, preserved through the act of passing on and shared in the form of rituals and celebrations. Art of Festivals is brokering new collaborations with international partners to bring this project to many more cities.

Toolbox International: Creative Producer Leadership Training

Power-with: The Art of Collaboration

November 2022

We’re starting a new collaboration with 101 Outdoor Arts, ArtsAgenda and European networks for art in public space with a leadership development session designed for Toolbox International 2022 cohort.

SPARC Symposium: Together Again

Co-designing Frameworks for Dialogue

October 2022

Art of Festivals was invited by Réseau SPARC Network (Supporting Performing Arts in Rural & Remote Communities) to facilitate peer-to-peer sessions and present a new interactive workshop to develop collaborative competencies for their 2022 Symposium in Prince Edward County, ON.

Canadian delegation at IETM Belgrade

Building Community through Shared Experiences

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).

On the Road: European Performing Arts Fairs

Networking with Peers across Disciplines

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

Reflection Sessions for Presenters

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

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

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

A Dialogue on Thriving as an Independent Creative 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.

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

A Creative Evaluation Tool for Events and Performances

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

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.


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

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.