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Naomi Taylor

Media, Birmingham City University

Thesis title:

Re-imagining the arts festival in times of crisis

This collaborative, forward-facing research project, working with the British Arts Festivals Association (BAFA), will examine the changes that a number of case study festivals have experienced since the pandemic. In doing so it will explore in detail the internal structures of these organisations and aim to understand the questions and issues raised through the process of the changes put in place in that period of time, and how the internal structures and leadership may have changed as a result of these. The data collected will be mostly qualitative and will be used to create a structural model for understanding festival operation and management, alongside a framework for understanding the changes — in terms of structure, programming and communications — that have taken place across the sector in a way that can help to identify potential future crisis points and what the sector needs in order to become more resilient.

Research Area

  • Media
  • Media and Communication Studies


  • BAFA Conference for Festivals 2022: The Place to Connect, presenter and panelist, 'We need to talk: making the case for festivals'