A Festival Director works behind the scenes of an event, from the earliest planning stages to when the performances are taking place. They liaise with vendors (people/organisations selling something), city officials and on-site staff as well as production / logistics managers of the festival.
A Festival Director can have a variety of different duties to fulfil and because of this they can be employed based on a variety of experiences they may have. Formal qualifications are not essential although they would help in any of the following areas:
Due to the fact there are so many duties within this role you must have a varied skill set. These can include:
There are a number of different work experience, internships and apprenticeships available within this area of work. Additionally build on your skill set by volunteering at these types of events and attend as many events as you can to meet people that are working within the industry already. Make sure you do have travel and expended covered when volunteering and make sure you don’t do too many volunteering experiences.
Festival Directors are often salaried roles, however this can vary depending on the size of the festival. This position is a highly ranked position within the organisations structure of a festival and some have ownership within the event which means their income is dependent on its success.
Published: 4 December 2019