Upskilling Our People 2021

The project “Upskilling Our People 2021” will compromise of 9 evening workshops, delivered online to the organisers of the Oranmore Arts Festival. The invitations will be extended to other small festival facilitators in the region.

A short legacy video will be compiled of workshop facilitators to share with our community. Evaluation will form part of the OAF AGM each September.

The Workshops:

1. Stakeholder Engagement Workshop – 6th of April 2021, 8:30 pm Stakeholder engagement is key to the longevity of our festival and to improve this we have engaged Act Build Change to teach our people how to build networks and create real change.

2. Self-Care & Wellbeing Workshop We acknowledge the importance of the health and wellbeing of our team members and want to ensure real balance. The present global situation is placing additional strain and anxiety on everyone and we understand that it is okay to ask for help. Act Build Change will deliver this workshop.

3. Organisational Diversity Workshop & 4. Organisational Diversity Follow Up We have been working on improving the diversity and inclusion of OAF, however our team membership remains white middle class. We want to work with Buheri Consult to address this as they share our belief that diversity is a norm and not an exception. Buheri work from a place where inclusion needs to be designed, developed, and implemented. Buheri will provide an initial workshop and follow up work in 2021.

5. Digirtal Media Strategy Workshop – 2nd of March, 8:30 pm OAF delivered 2020 festival online 2 months into lockdown and the learning curve was steep. We want to increase the digital media skills of our team to take advantage of the continued need to deliver content online. We are partnering with Forachange to improve our digital media skills.

6. Technology for Festivals Workshop We envisage a Technology for Festivals Workshop to be delivered providing improved technical skills to enable engaging online content for OAF in the future.

7. Audience Diversity & Inclusive Practices Workshop OAF seeks to programme events that provide meaningful opportunities for community engagement by working with members of the community from the outset. Kate O’Shea is an artist with a vast amount of experience in this realm and she will share the concept behind her practice and approach of using food, conversation, and performance as a platform for social solidairty.

8. Marketing Roundtable Discussion OAF has harnessed community contacts to market the festival, but the team has much to learn about effective marketing strategy and ideas, particularly in a post covid world. We seek to learn from other festivals with experience and knowledge to share. We will work with organisations including Baboro International Arts Festival for Children, Galway Film Fleadh, and Galway 2020 in round table disscussion.

9. Blended & New Festivaling Roundtable Discussion Whatever the future holds, the desire for a blended festival remains attractive for the vast reach it provides. Learning how to mix online and in-person programme is something that many other festivals with greater experience has learned to do, so we will host an idea sharing round table discussion with ‘new festivaling’ blended festival delivery. We plan to work with Wainfest Children’s Arts and Book Festival and Imagine Arts Festival Waterford.