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Sparkfest 2020 - our new mini-festival series will be launched this May! Sign up now for Sparkfest events!

Our Fire Starter Festival 2020 is over, but we are already gearing up for the next Fire Starter Festival! Join us for Sparkfest, a new experiential mini-festival taking place in May.

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 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

You can now sign up to morning and afternoon sessions each day, which will cover different topics. Have a look at our Sparkfest 2020 schedule, via which you can sign up for all events. 

Please follow us on our Twitter and see our hashtags #sparkfest2020 and #fsf2020.

Loved FSF 2020? Good or bad - Let us know your feedback! 

You have attended a FSF event this year? Please do help us improve and grow this festival by providing us with your feedback using one of the links below:
  •  If you have attended an event in Scotland, please click here
  •  If you have attended an event in Wales, please click here
  •  If you have attended an event in Ireland, please click here.
Should you wish to reflect on your experiences by writing a blog post, by drawing or by filming, please do get in touch with us directly at We greatly appreciate all kinds of feedback. 
Already thinking about the next Fire Starter Festival? Here's some more information for you! 

Are you already thinking about hosting a Fire Starter event next year? Next to attending our Sparkfest, you can have a look at our recorded FSF info session webinar. You'll also find many of our other resources on this page.

Please also have a look at our FSF 2020 photo gallery, which might spark some ideas for you.

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