Sparkfest 2020

Our New Mini-Festival Series in May
Tuesday, 12 May – Thursday, 14 May 2020

Sparkfest has been designed to provide opportunities to delve more deeply into the experiences, outcomes and workings of the Fire Starter Festival. 

As part of work for Collective Leadership for Scotland we have been exploring “How can the arts and creativity support system change?”

This 3 day mini-festival will:

  • Provide background information and data on the Fire Starter Festival
  • Review our inquiry into how the arts and creativity support system change?
  • Reasons to get involved? This will include feedback from former hosts.
  • Case studies of events including: partnerships, methodologies, and examples of when things didn’t go to plan.
  • Workshops and taster sessions on how to plan and facilitate engaging events including methodologies such as: world café, fishbowl, forum theatre, dialogue walks, street wisdom and liberating structures.
  • Consider the potential reach and growth of the festival

Sparkfest 2020 schedule:

This mini festival will take place over the course of 3 days, and will consist of 6 sessions (morning and afternoon):

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

10am – 12.30pm
– Reflections & Evaluations of Fire Starter 2020 –

  • Contributions from the producers of the festival
  • Contributions from different hosts of events, exploring on how events are produced – successes and failures
  • Reflections on how the arts and creativity can support system change
  • Many stories of the festival.

1.30pm – 4pm
– Producing Events & Sparking Ideas –

  • Insights into how events were produced: sharing successes, challenges and failures.
  • Open Space opportunity to experience some of the approaches and hear more from the hosts.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

10.30am – 1pm
– Leadership for Creative Engagement –

This event will focus on the conditions for hosting events and warmly invite all those who hosted an event, wanted to host an event or are interested in hosting an event in the future.

  • Experiences of hosting – an opportunity to share experiences (the good, the bad the ugly) of hosting events.
  • Experiences from the Welsh Government, igniting their first Fire Starter events.
  • Leadership for Creative Engagement: highlighting what leadership enables creativity & risk taking, and encourages staff to host not only Fire Starter events, but  engaging, creative events across public services. Hear from the Director and Deputy Director and other leaders from Directorate for Early Learning & Childcare in the Scottish Government about the Balancing Act and citizen engagement.
  • Where next for Fire Starter Festival: what’s needed and why?

1.30pm – 4pm
– Producing Events & Sparking Ideas –

  • Insights into how events were produced: sharing successes, challenges and failures.
  • Open Space opportunity to experience some of the approaches and hear more from the hosts.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

10am – 12.30pm
– Liberating Structures –

  • Liberating Structures was one of the most popular events of this year’s festival. Liberating Structures are facilitation methods that help include and engage everyone and challenge elements that stifle true creativity and innovation. Find out more about this approach as we use it to explore the festival.

1.30pm – 4pm
– Producing Events & Sparking Ideas –

  • Insights into how events were produced: sharing successes, challenges and failures.
  • Open Space opportunity to experience some of the approaches and hear more from the hosts.