Advice on holding a festival
We hold the International Yoga Festival and Voices of Sacred Earth Festival, and there are things we’ve learned along the way that we can share. The most important tip we can give is to document things before/during/after so that you can build on what has already been done. We started this year as a new team taking over the existing festivals, and there was so little documentation, we had to most things from scratch such. You should save poster templates, email templates, pricing structure, volunteer guidelines, vendor guidelines etc. Take time to pause after the festival and reflect on what you could improve upon, and to plan for the following year while it’s still fresh. What worked really well? What could be change to make things flow even smoother? During the festival, attend some workshops yourself to see what you have worked so hard to create, and enjoy it! You’ll also get to view the festival from a participant’s perspective which is useful in understanding how things are flowing on the ground and what needs to be changed next time around. Let staff/volunteers know the importance of their roles in the sense of the bigger vision of what is being created (e.g. “even if you are cleaning toilets, you are doing more than that by holding space for this event to take place”).