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AFO Conference February 2021
Diversity In All Areas - Breaking Down Barriers Of Class, Race, Sex And Disability At Festivals
5:10pm: Roxy Robinson
Dr Roxy Robinson is the Creative Director of From the Fields Ltd, the company behind the multi award winning festivals Kendal Calling, Bluedot and a range of cultural events, including BCP Council-led Arts by the Sea. Roxy is also an author, speaker, and festivals consultant, having published her book ‘Music Festivals and the Politics of Participation’ with Routledge in 2015.
Roxy has produced live events since 2004, starting out as the band booker in Leeds. During this time, she also pursued her research interests in events management, which were focused on audience participation and creative event design within the boutique festival sector.
Roxy developed a specialism in the non-musical elements of festival programming and in 2009 launched the arts program at Kendal Calling Festival, which went on to win Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards in 2010. In 2012, she completed her interdisciplinary PhD on the evolution of boutique events and the influence of Nevada’s Burning Man on British festivals.
Working with the Coastal Communities Fund, North East Lincolnshire Council and Arts Council England Roxy led the curation and production of the inaugural Festival of the Sky in 2019, winning Best New Festival and Best None Music Festival at the UK Festival Awards. Roxy continues to lead the artistic programming of Arts by the Sea, a National Portfolio Organisation which attracts over 100,000+ attendees to Bournemouth every September.
Roxy continues to grow the creative department at From the Fields Ltd, which manages performance and installation artworks at the company’s portfolio of events.