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Future-fit Festivals
Future-fit Festivals
Wed 19 Jan | Conference Channel 4 | 14:30 - 15:30
Wed 19 Jan | Conference Channel 4 | 14:30 - 15:30
Presented by: Yourope

Future-fit Festivals

Fruzsina Szép Goodlive, Pascal Viot Paleo Festival, Holger Jan Schmidt YOUROPE

English spoken

Yourope-a_member_of_positiv-schwarz-1.png We are at a most crucial point for our future. The challenges of our time are as manifold as they are massive for the European festival industry as well as for European and global society . We are on the way out of a global pandemic, we have to create the transition in order to contain climate change, great tasks await us in order to achieve pervasive equality and integration behind, on and in front of our stages, and at the same time we want to be culturally relevant and economically sustainable . We have the current decade to set the path and in this process we need to answer some complex questions: What makes European festivals resilient to meet the challenges of the future? What does the responsible festival of the future look like and how do we achieve that? How do tomorrow’s festivals ensure that they continue to play the relevant role in popular culture and the lives of millions of young people? We can not solve this in one hour, but YOUROPE - The European Festival Association is determined to take the lead in this process and act in a pioneering role beyond its members, the wider festival scene and towards other fields of culture and global society. This session will shed light on the various approaches, subject areas, planned actions and releaases of a major three-year European project that revolves around precisely these questions and has convinced the European Commission to fund it.


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    Fruzsina Szép Goodlive

    Fruzsina Szép was born in Budapest (H) and grew up in Munich (D). She began her career as a band and tour manager at the age of 18.
    Fruzsina is the Managing & Festival Director of SUPERBLOOM the new festival within Goodlive, which will celebrate its debut in 2021 in Munich at the Olympic Parc and the Olympic Stadium.
    For the last five years she was the festival director for Lollapalooza Berlin.
    Prior to that, she was the program director of the Sziget Festival in Budapest for seven years.
    Fruzsina founded the Hungarian Music Export Office and is co-founder of Take A Stand, a movement that promotes respect, tolerance and diversity in the music industry. She also developed the EU project CEETEP (Central-Eastern European Talent Exchange Program) that became part of ETEP ( European Talent Exchange Program ) in 2016.
    Fruzsina is a board member of Yourope, the European Festival Association.
    Awards: European Festival Award for Excellence & Passion, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Honorary Associate Professor.

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    Pascal Viot Paleo Festival

    Pascal Viot is head of Department Safety, Security and Services at Paleo Festival, one of the major event in Switzerland. He is also coordinating the YES Group (Yourope Event Safety Group) alongside Henrik Bondo Nielsen (Roskilde Festival). Being a sociologist and researcher in the field of risk and urban safety analysis, he has developed emergency and crisis management plans for major concerts/events. He also provides education programmes in this field through iSSUE (the Swiss Institute for Urban and Event Safety), the Institute he created in 2016.
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    Holger Jan Schmidt YOUROPE

    Holger Jan Schmidt is one of Europe's leading networkers in the music festival branch. Among various topics he has a special focus on sustainability and social responsibility for festivals and events. Holger is General Secretary of YOUROPE – the European Festival Association, the most important representation of European popular music festivals with more than 100 members from 25 European countries. Part of his duties is the project management of the international Take A Stand initiative and campaign for the (live) music sector, which was launched in 2017 to create a movement encouraging social cohesion in our society as well as promoting awareness and tolerance. He also leads the pan-European think-tank GO Group (Green Operations Europe) that focuses on sustainability related and environmental issues at events.


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    Lisa Henderson IQ Magazine

    Lisa Henderson is deputy news editor at IQ Magazine, the leading news and content platform for the international live music business. Prior to joining IQ, she worked as a news reporter at IQ's competitors, Audience and Live UK. Lisa has also worked for national newspapers, The Guardian and The Independent, and independent music magazines including DIY, London in Stereo, and Clash. She has moderated panels at ILMC, IPM and Milan Music Week.