Planning for renewal and regeneration

  • FitzGibbon, A. (Invited speaker)
  • Jonathan Price (Contributor)
  • Tony Reekie (Contributor)
  • Jenna Hall (Contributor)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Following on from the success of the Pathways webinar series in Spring 2021, a follow up Pathways series of webinars for festival makers in Ireland was run by Arts Council Ireland in March and April 2022. The aim of these sessions was to provide festival makers with an opportunity to learn from other festival makers and relevant experts from outside the festival sector, and to hear from and meet with other members of the festival community.

During the Festival Makers Forum in Autumn 2021 a recurrent theme raised by the attendees was the challenge of bringing about and sometimes even talking about regeneration and renewal of their festival. In response, Ali FitzGibbon led a 2-hour interactive workshop to explore how we make decisions about the future, who is involved and how do these decisions build sustainability. Built around questioning strategies relating to succession planning, change management, and inclusive leadership, participating festival makers worked in small groups to share experiences and discuss ideas. These breakout sessions were supported by festivalmakers Jenna Hall and Tony Reekie and Dr Jonathan Price. Through this workshop, festival makers were better equipped to start or progress conversations internally and with external partners about the future of their organisations and events.
Period06 Apr 2022
Held atArts Council of Ireland, Ireland
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • festivals
  • sustainability
  • cultural recovery
  • leadership
  • Governance