We’re so excited to welcome Kaya to the team, she will be leading on the Open Access Programme, Stalls and Volunteers amongst other areas.

Kaya is a freelance project manager, producer, events and production manager. Her experience spans from being a musician on stage to stage managing shows to producing and project managing public programmes for artists and arts organisations across London and UK. She loves working with communities, artists and tight-knit teams to bring together incredible events and festivals.

From Kaya: ‘I’m really excited to work with the SouthWestFest team and the communities they centre, to bring forward a diverse and rich festival programme in 2024.’

The Festival Coordinator works very part-time, you can reach Kaya on coordiantor[at]southwestfest.org.uk

WE’RE RECRUITING: FESTIVAL COORDINATOR

Join SouthWestFest and help organise and shape our 2024 Festival!

Part-time, 52 days across the year.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Leading on Open-Access Programme; events registration and encouraging community partnerships
  2. Leading on design, print & distribution of printed & online materials
  3. Leading on copywriting and proofing of Festival Brochure & programme on website
  4. Managing stallholder/trader applications & on the day management of stalls
  5. Management of volunteer recruitment and retainment
  6. Management of online ticketing systems/sign up forms
  7. Supporting Director in research and development of fundraising & sponsorship bids/proposals
  8. Supporting Director in liaising with sponsors and partners
  9. Supporting Director implement marketing and PR strategy
  10. Supporting Director with feedback & evaluation
  11. During the festival period provide assistance to the Director, freelance staff, trustees and volunteers in the setup and live event management of events
  12. Provide a positive and professional image of the organisation, dealing with enquiries
  13. Ensure an efficient administrative service to Director and board

For more info and to apply, click here

How to Apply

To request an application pack please contact chair@southwestfest.org.uk
Interviews are planned for Monday 16th October in person

Apply Below!

Applications are now open until Wednesday 26th April at 6pm to be part of this year’s SouthWestFest!

Apply Here

SouthWestFest 2023: Celebrating Our Twentieth Festival & Open Meeting Details!

 

We’re incredibly excited to share news of this year’s festival theme, which is SouthWestFest at 20! Celebrating our 20th festival, we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect over the past 20 years, the history of the area and our local heritage, as well as looking ahead to the future with a sustainable focus.

 

Alongside this, we’d love for you to join us at our Open Meeting on Wednesday 29th March, either online or in person at Pimlico Library from 5.15pm. Here, we’ll be discussing details of the festival, including how you can get involved, and the opportunities on offer.

 

We’d love to see you there, and you can RSVP here.

 

We are really excited to announce that George Bailey has joined the SouthWestFest Team as our new Festival Coordinator!

George is a producer, playwright and access facilitator originally from Bordon, Hampshire. 

He is the co-founder of the multi-award-winning multi-arts production company ChewBoy Productions and has 8 years of experience in curating projects with community, arts and digital practises at their core. He has also worked to support young people in showcasing their creative work in collaboration with organisations such as the BFI and Compass Presents in Bristol, God’s House Tower and a space arts in Southampton and through various roles with Chichester Festival Theatre.’ 

George will be leading on our Open-Access Programme, Stalls and Volunteers amongst many things!

I am really looking forward to working with George to create a fantastic and far reaching Festival for 2023. George’s breadth of experience and warm energy set him up perfectly for working with the Festival and our community.” Dodie Finamore, Festival Director.

Our Co-ordinator works one day a week. You can reach him at coordinator[at]southwestfest.org.uk

Join the SouthWestFest Team as we begin our planning for our 2023 Festival!

Festival Coordinator
Av. 1 day a week | worked inline with Festival timelines
£7800 fee for the year

The role of Festival Coordinator is to work with and support the Festival Director in the smooth and efficient planning, administration and delivery of SouthWestFest. This will include managing computerised administrative systems, minute taking and secretarial support, leading on the Open-Access programme, leading on design and distribution, plus supporting with the planning and management of live festival events.

For more information and to apply please click here

Deadline to apply: Friday 21st October

Add your event to our programme, apply to have a stall at our Festival Day and opportunities to volunteer with us

Event registration – if you are planning an event in South Westminster during the 2022 festival (24th June to 15th July, inclusive), you are invited to apply to have it added to our Open Access Programme. As long as it is open to the community to attend and free of charge (or low cost), we’ll consider adding it to our programme, which will be promoted across the borough via 12,000 brochures, social media and our website.

Click here to register your event

Apply for a stall at our Festival Day – with between 5,000 and 7,000 visitors, our Festival Day is a key date in the events calendar in South Westminster and we’d love you to join us! We have a sliding scale of very reasonable stall fees for individuals, community groups, charities and not for profits and businesses. Join us at this years event, and enjoy being part of a much loved community festival:

Apply for a stall

Register your interest in volunteering – our community festival wouldn’t be what it is without the volunteers to donate their time to help bring it all to life, and once again we’re hoping to bring on board a team of local residents that will love being a critical part of bringing SouthWestFest together. We’d love you to register your interest in volunteering, and you can do so here:

Volunteer with us

And if you’d like to work with us in any other way, we’d love to hear from you – get in touch with us via Instagram, Twitter or our contact form.

Following the Board of Trustees recent appointment of Dodie Finamore as Festival Director, we have two new members of the SouthWestFest team to share with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Quigley is a self-taught artist and photographer/ working from his studio in north London. He brings a combination of experience and energy to his new role of Festival Producer.

He is also the founder of Citizens Art Market which is a visual arts social enterprise supporting artist development and engagement, and active in Pimlico, as well as across London.

Edward has 30 years experience in community development, event management and project management. He also worked in Westminster for the Paddington Development Trust.

Edward says: “I’m delighted and excited to join Dodie, the board and volunteers at SouthWestFest as we bring together plans for our 2022 festival. It’s great that the team have managed to programme activity during such difficult and uncertain times. I’m hoping that this year we can work to bring something really special to the community in South Westminster”

Lucy Donald is a marketer and producer based in London with a passion for theatre, live events and festivals. She has worked on a variety of large outdoor arts projects, including: Little Amal at COP26 (Good Chance) and Petrol Headz on Tour (Barbican Theatre). She has a range of experience in marketing – from national tours to brand new fringe work.

Lucy says: “I am excited to join the festival team. I’m looking forward to collaborating with our community to make the festival as fresh and fun as possible!”

Lucy will be running our social media channels and running our mailing list. Keep your eyes peeled for updates over the coming weeks and months!

SouthWestFest is looking for two new part-time members of staff!

Festival Producer & Marketing Assistant

Please see below for Job Descriptions and how to apply

 

Festival Producer – Job Description (click here)

Contract value – £6138

Contract period – January-December 2022, renewed annually

Time commitment – Average 1 day a week, but worked flexibly inline with festival timelines

Place of work – Primarily home-based, with attendance at monthly meetings in Westminster and at festival events

Deadline to apply – 5pm, 31st December 2021

Interview – Wednesday 12th January 2022, in person in Westminster (unless government guidelines change)

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Marketing Assistant – Job Description (click here)

Contract value – £1638

Contract period – January-December 2022

Time commitment – Average 1.5 days a month, worked flexibly inline with festival timelines

Place of work – Home based, all available remotely

Deadline to apply – 5pm, 31st December 2021

Interview – Friday 14th January 2022, online

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For any queries and to receive an application pack please contact chair@southwestfest.org.uk

To apply we’ll be asking for:

  • A CV
  • A cover letter OR a video presentation (max 5 mins)

Diversity and inclusion is integral to our work at SouthWestFest, as we are a festival for everyone. We actively support and encourage people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets to join us and help shape what we do. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of the global majority, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse and disabled candidates.

Today we announce that after recruiting and interviews, the Board of Trustees have appointed Dodie Finamore as Festival Director

 

“I am so excited to continue my work with SouthWestFest, our partners and communities. Heading into my fourth year with the festival, the time feels right to step up into this new role. After two years of finding new ways of working to steer us through these difficult times I am looking forward to returning to the festival’s traditional model whilst bringing fresh ideas and energy.

I am indebted to Joanna Goodey the previous Director, for all her support and guidance over the last few years, I shall miss working with her and wish her well.

We will be recruiting for my replacement so keep your eyes peeled!”