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Fire Starter Festival Newsletter

Warm greetings! This month the details of the upcoming festival are starting to come together.

The overall theme for FSF 2020 has been sparked by the future citizen’s assembly that asks about the kind of Scotland we are trying build. To help ignite our imagination we are delighted that we will be holding the launch on the 27th January in the Great Hall of the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

We will explore our highest aspirations for Scotland and what role the arts play in changing and shaping the future. We will be joined by a number of speakers including: Sarah Davidson, Chief Executive of The Carnegie Trust, Suzy Glass, Producer, and Jocelyn Cunningham, Director of Lancaster Arts. Save the date!
We also have an amazing day planned for the 28th January – a day in three parts exploring the i) Art of the Producer in making the impossible possible, ii) The role of Arts in Public Services: For decoration or Disruption and iii) Scotland on the Move: dialogue walks that change our perceptions. Professor Tim Ingold, Graham Leicester from The International Futures Forum and artist Anthony Schrag will be some of the speakers - watch this space!


Event blogs from FSF 2019 and 2020

We have recently put up a few blogposts by event organisers that took part in the last festival. Feel free to have a read and get inspired by their FSF 2019 events: We also have a blogpost up where the Scottish Community Safety Network are inviting people to contribute to and attend their FSF 2020 event: 'Is it time for a new dialogue on antisocial behaviour?' See the blogpost for more details.
The kindling - want to know more?

We have a number of information/ taster sessions arranged where you can find out more about the 2020 festival and how you can become involved:
We are also doing webinar info/taster sessions for people who cannot make the sessions above. They are about 30-45 minutes long. You can register for a webinar here:
Webinar recording

You can view the recording of our first FSF Taster session webinar from August: (click on image below and scroll down on the page that opens.)
Host a Fire Starter Festival event

Workforce Scotland will host the launch plus a few other events during the Fire Starter Festival, but the festival is mainly a space for anyone working in different public services to create an event around issues or questions that are important to them. The festival is a great opportunity to get different perspectives than usual and get people across the board to attend.

You may want to host a bespoke event on a theme or topic that aligns to our theme for this year: 
What kind of Scotland are we seeking to build?”

This year, the deadline to upload your event to the Events Calendar will be 13th December. Here is our fresh new guide on how to upload your event.

If you’re interested in hosting events during FSF 2020 please check out our guide for hosting events and our festival resources.

If you would like some help thinking through how you and your organisation could get involved, please email
Join the Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is open to anyone who wants to have a chat about mischief-making and system shaking. Come along, buy a coffee (and a pastry if you fancy) and have a chat with a really interesting mix of people about whatever topic emerges that morning.                                

We run monthly breakfast clubs throughout the year, in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. For more information please visit our eventbrite page or see events below:

The Edinburgh Breakfast Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Join us, from 8.30 - 10.00 at Brewhemia on:

The Glasgow Breakfast Club will be meeting 8.30 - 10.00 at Café Fame on the following dates:

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