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Festival Cultures conference, UEA, 22 May, programme

hippie sun or moonVenue: The Thomas Paine Study Centre, University of East Anglia

10.00-10.30             Registration, coffee 

10.30-10.45            Welcome and Introduction – Prof George McKay, UEA

  • George McKay, UEA/AHRC Leadership Fellow for Connected Communities Programme

10.45-11.30            Keynote 1             Prof Tim Wall, Birmingham City University

  • Radio One on the Road: creating that festival spirit for live radio broadcasts

11.30-13.00            Session 2            Researching festival. Chair: Prof John Street, UEA

  • Dr Chris Anderton, Southampton Solent University, author of Music Festivals in the UK (Ashgate, 2016)
  • Dr Roxy Robinson, Leeds Beckett University, author of Festival Culture and the Politics of Participation (forthcoming December 2015)

13.00-14.00 Lunch & exhibition

14:00-15:30 Session 3            How does a festival reflect its environment? Festival directors speak. Chair: Dr Karen Smyth, UEA

  • John Cumming, Director, EFG London Jazz Festival
  • William Galinsky, Artistic Director, Norfolk & Norwich Festival
  • Ben Robinson, Director, Kendal Calling

BBC Music logo15.30-16.00            Coffee Break & exhibition

16.00-17.00            Keynote 2            BBC perspectives

  • Bob Shennan, Controller of BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 music, in conversation with Prof Tim Wall, followed by Q&A with audience

17:00-18:30 Book Launch for The Pop Festival TO BE CONFIRMED–this assumes copies of the book arrive in time from USA!

  • Launch of The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture (Bloomsbury, 2015), edited by George McKay

Through the day:

Exhibition of East Anglian Fairs Archive, presenting photographs, posters and memorabilia from the fairs, which ran from 1972-1986, as an important regional seasonal festival / alternative gathering.

Festival films from the East Anglian Film Archive, screening of archival films of local festivals and jamming sessions from the 1960s and 1970s.


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