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Training & Professional Development
Canterbury Festival offers a variety of opportunities, providing training and professional development for students seeking to build on their event management skills and get hands on experience, and arts practitioners who are taking their first steps into teaching.
T.E.C is a two-and-a-half-day course for artists, performers and musicians who would like to learn how to deliver workshops within a community setting.
Artists from the course have gone on to deliver workshops in schools, colleges, community centres and charities in Kent and surrounding areas.
The course covers:
Working with Diverse Groups
Hands on Learning
After two days of practical training, participants deliver a tailor-made workshop to clients of Catching Lives Homeless Shelter. This course is endorsed by Canterbury Christchurch University
In 2020 40 artists, musicians, and performers participated in our TEC programme and delivered a series of workshops with Catching Lives clients at the Canterbury Open Centre. Through this collaboration over 50 Open Centre users had the opportunity to get hands-on with a wide range of activities including painting, drawing, creative writing, photography, music, baking and more.
Assistant Stage Manager and Front Of House Experience
Each year Canterbury Festival work with Canterbury Christ Church University to offer extensive work placement and training opportunities for students studying stage management.
From comedy to circus, cabaret to coffee-concerts, the Spiegeltent features up to five events per day. Working in teams of two, students support the stage and site manager learning what it takes to run a show in a temporary Festival venue. The role includes:
Production get-in and get-out
Artist sound check
Stage and venue resets
Show start procedure
Supporting the light and sound team where appropriate
Students are managed by stage and site manager Steve Taylor, who has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including three years as the stage manager for the Theatre Royal in Margate.
Along with this we provide opportunities for students to become Festival stewards and Spiegeltent hosts, who are responsible for all things Front of House including ticketing, seating and audience experience.