“I joined (IGNITE! youth panel) because I wanted to gain experience in art curation and work with a group of new faces on a wonderfully creative and amazing project that we could share with the Vancouver community.”—Shubby (former panel member)
On monday night, the youth panel decided on our timeline for the rest of this year. WOW! Lots to do, not much time! :)
We’re really excited to see you all at auditions on March 8 _ 9. Audition results will be sent out March 17th, and after we get confirmation from performers, you’ll start hearing about the exciting 2014 performers right here on the blog! Our line-up should be live by March 31st (watch this page!!). We couldn’t be more excited to see who we’re working with this year.
You will also start seeing ads up for IGNITE! all over Vancouver through the next few months. A transit shelter ad running from March 31st through April 30th should help us get the message out. Posters around the city _ postcards handed out are also going to help us but in the end, as always, we rely on you to tell your friends. We know that word-of-mouth is our #1 promoter and we thank you for that!!
“I joined (IGNITE! Youth Panel) because my friend said, “you going to that thing at the cultch tonight?” and I was like, “what thing?” and I went and I’m so happy I did :)”—Sophie (former panel member)
A surprising stat from our survey - 16% of respondents would be stoked to hop up (all alone!) on stage to participate, and 64% would be likely to so long as they were in a group. Wow! We’d love to have all of you on stage with us. :)
Reminder that if you’d like to participate in a big way (aka perform) - contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before Feb 24th.
The final nugget from our survey? Our most successful promotion is word of mouth, so please, tell your friends about us!
We came up with a few answers, but are also curious to know what you think!
* A youth festival should be creative, inspiring, fun, supportive, respectful, yet stimulating.
* A youth festival should engage/inspire all participants. Yay.
* A youth festival should be vibrating, exciting, a group of people coming together having a gay-old time.
* A youth festival should be an organized space that facilitates and promotes an enlightening and engaging creative environment.
A common theme for us when having this brainstorming session, was community. We discussed what communities we are a part of, what community means to us, and how we can build community. We’ll be doing some community engagement events leading up to our festival, and if you watch this blog we’ll let you know when we book them. :)
The IGNITE! youth panel has been meeting every monday since early October, planning and preparing for the 2014 IGNITE! youth fest.
What have we been doing with all that time? WELL…
- brainstormed what a youth festival should include
- made goals for our personal experience with IGNITE! this year
- made a poster called “Steps For Success”
- did some research on other festivals around town
- made a survey to see how we did last year
- created committee’s
- decided on a festival theme
- discussed branding
- created a website
- created an audition/submission postcard sized flyer
- planned where to distribute flyers
- brainstormed community events
- created a budget
Over the next few days I’ll be delving deeper into some of these subjects - stay tuned! We’ll also be sharing a story of how we delivered a gift in a very creative way… true IGNITE! style.