FutureEverything Manchester

The FutureEverything festival brought people together to discover, share and experience new ideas for the future. Pioneering the practice of city-wide ‘festival as laboratory’ it combined a large scale cultural event – encompassing art, music and discussion – with new technology, novel research methods and playful social experiments. It was named by The Guardian as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world.

I joined the company in 2013 to manage the volunteer programme and in 2015 undertook a long-term role with the FutureEverything’s production working across the arts, conference and performance programmes. My duties included:
⬩ Contributing towards the festival programming, project research and development
⬩ Financial development, including research and bid writing for UK, EU and international funds
⬩ Management of all logistics and partner negotiations for the hospitality and liaison of artists, speakers and VIP partners for both UK and international events
⬩ Overseeing the recruitment, management and induction of key freelance staff and volunteers
⬩ Liaison and relationship development with partners and funders 
⬩ Finance and budget management for UK and international projects
⬩ Development of performance, commission and partner contracts
⬩ Full production support and management for conferences, exhibitions and performances including on site set up, delivery and pre-production administration.

[Notable Projects]


Global Futr Lab, UK based international project / Producer
An international innovation and creative talent showcase conducted in partnership with the British Council, including an exhibition, talks, workshops and networking events.


⬩ Simple Harmonic Motion for 16 Percussionists / Assistant Producer
A newly commissioned live performance by digital artist Memo Akten featuring 16 percussionists. A powerful sound and light performance, an amplified and deconstructed interpretation of the simple, multilayered rhythmic patterns that form its source. It is inspired by natural and mathematical phenomena, as well as works by the likes of Norman Mclaren, John Whitney, Steve Reich and Gyorgi Ligeti.

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