This network has been set up to provide a range of different kinds of support to the many voluntary run festivals which form such a lively and crucial part of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly’s cultural scene.
Extraordinary Art in Everyday Places
We are excited to launch a new project to revitalise the Festivals’ Network. From Autumn 2023, grants of up to £2,500 will be available for successful festivals to support ambitious programming, diversifying cultural offerings, and experimenting with ways to attract new audiences, volunteers and income.
To find out more information, including how to apply, funding criteria and deadlines go to the Festivals Grants page.
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This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared
What is the Festivals network?
Festivals which are principally volunteer-run, have a significant element of heritage or arts in their programme, or an ambition to develop those elements, are eligible to become part of the network.
We hold meetings across Cornwall and aim to bring festival organisers together to share knowledge, skills and resources.
Joint training sessions or guest speakers can be organised on topics which the organisers request. In addition, we help market the festivals by producing a Feast of Festivals leaflet, distributed throughout Cornwall and beyond.
To find out about funding opportunities for festivals, please visit the Festivals Enhancement page.
To join the Festivals Network and have your festival included in the next FEAST of Cornish Festivals Leaflet, please enter your details here: https://form.jotform.com/233172133685051
Deadline for submission for the 2024 leaflet is 15th January 2024
Festival Organisers and Volunteer Training: How to run a safe event
This workshop will focus on considerations for designing your events to make them as safe as possible, decision making and logging decisions, risk assessing and preparing for things going wrong, event plans, the impact of overcrowding, the terrorist threat and criminality at your events and considering Zone Ex (the area outside your event) through a series of interactive exercises. We will also explore the key responsibilities for stewards, marshals and other volunteers at events. This will include hazard perception, dynamic risk assessment, managing contingencies, the impact of overcrowding, the terrorist threat and criminality at your events through a series of interactive exercises.
If you have already attended one of the November workshops, you are welcome to join as you may find the interactive exercises helpful.
Liskeard Library – Wednesday 10th January 2024
Camborne Community Centre – Wednesday 24th January 2024
About the trainer: Gull Rock Events are leading independent consultancy that provides, advice, guidance and delivery of safety solutions to a range of events. Their director Kevin Instance CMIOSH, OSHCR has created a specialist training session for festival organisers on managing their volunteers.
Kevin Instance is a Chartered Safety and Health Professional who focuses on delivering safe public events. He has worked predominantly at music and sports events as event safety officer and consultant over the last 10 years. He has built on a career as a senior police officer where he had responsibility for the policing for some large events such as the Olympics and Glastonbury Festival.