17 July, 2020 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM | Closed group discussion _________________________________________________________________________________ FESTIVAL CONNECTIONS
An Annual Programme of Expertise, Knowledge, and Networking between India and the UK.
Health, Safety, and Social Distancing at Festivals __________________________________________________________________________________
The session was conceptualised by the ACRI team in a way to bring together top level management from the festivals sector in India to look at Health and Safety and to activate its way forward. Leading the session were three experts from the world of cultural events, Andrew Jones, Senior Manager, Theatre and Dance from the British Council UK, V Ravichandar, Hon. Director, Bangalore International Center and Rohan Oberoi, CEO and Founder, Momentum India. The three speakers started of the session with 5 minute presentations each. Ravichandar spoke of Setting Standards with respect to health and safety at festivals. He took examples from B-SAFE, a collective he initiated to create SOP for cultural venues across his home city Bangalore. Andrew spoke of creating socially distanced experiences taking festival examples from the UK and the challenges they have had. Rohan with more than 15 years of experience in the field of Health and Safety and being one of the market leaders for providing H&S solutions to the event industries in India delved into the many of the practical challenges the festivals sector could potentially face. He also set broad frameworks to address these challenges and to continue being active through the period. The session then broke out into three smaller groups where each of these topics were discussed in detail. The participants were split into the groups of their respective choice and the discussion continued. These breakout rooms provided for a much healthier and stronger peer to peer interaction amongst the participants. The participants carefully chosen by the team to comprised of festival directors, festival managers, curators, chief operating officers, production heads and even vice presidents from festival producing businesses actively interacted and took part leading to a very enriching session. You can watch the video documentation of the session here.