• nickygetgood

    If my memory of my days workling at the Bham City Council Arts Team serve me correctly, I think they do actually create a version of the timetable in a similar format like this for internal use. Hopefully if they see there's a call for it they'll work on making that public.

  • Last year Matthew, Josh at Live Brum and myself variously spent hours translating the awful programme into usable forms — people have offered many times to help what is obviously an overworked team, but I've not noticed any improvement over the years.

  • nickygetgood

    Oh dear, that's a pity. They do have the data there, it just needs to be freed up for people with the capacity to play with it. It is a bit silly – when you're in th city centre during ArtsFest you want to know what's on next, rather than what's on in a by venue, as it's easy to hop from one place to another. The programme just isn't presented in the way that most people want to use it.

  • I'll be honest Nick & say people just want to know what's going on —
    there's just not enough space in the programme to explain what most of
    the stuff is so a list of the names of the acts probably isn't enough.
    As a non-commercial festival ArtsFest has a lot of goodwill and
    opportunities to try new things (like putting information up on the
    web), but it just doesn't seem to happen.

    The suspicion is that there aren't enough resources to do anything
    than a breakneck rush to do things exactly the way they've always been
    done. It can't be fun for the team.

  • Anonymous

    The programme is now up on the Artsfest website early and with an apology.rnrnAs someone who’s trying to organise a really complicated small corner of Artsfest at the moment liaising with the team running the weekend has been a bit of a nightmare.rnrnThe people running it are great and really do work hard to deliver the festival, it’s simply that two part time staff cannot run ‘the biggest free art festival in Europe’ as much as the misers at the Council would like them to. The event is shockingly underfunded, to the point where it’s miraculous that it happens at all.rnrnThere is a complete lack of understanding of the web as a marketing tool too, my source inside the marketing team says that all efforts are put into getting national print coverage, getting that full page ad in the Guardian Guide rather than actually creating intelligible listings for the people of Birmingham. This despite the fact that a web marketing campaign would cost virtually nothing in comparison. Have a look at the Artsfest365 blog and weep.rnrnAnnoyingly the designers at the Graphics team are actually quite good – the print stuff has pretty high production values but there is a completely different team (well, one person!) working on the web stuff with no interaction at all between them. this is why the print programme came out pretty much on time and the web didn’t.

  • Anonymous

    The programme is now up on the Artsfest website early and with an apology.rnrnAs someone who’s trying to organise a really complicated small corner of Artsfest at the moment liaising with the team running the weekend has been a bit of a nightmare.rnrnThe people running it are great and really do work hard to deliver the festival, it’s simply that two part time staff cannot run ‘the biggest free art festival in Europe’ as much as the misers at the Council would like them to. The event is shockingly underfunded, to the point where it’s miraculous that it happens at all.rnrnThere is a complete lack of understanding of the web as a marketing tool too, my source inside the marketing team says that all efforts are put into getting national print coverage, getting that full page ad in the Guardian Guide rather than actually creating intelligible listings for the people of Birmingham. This despite the fact that a web marketing campaign would cost virtually nothing in comparison. Have a look at the Artsfest365 blog and weep.rnrnAnnoyingly the designers at the Graphics team are actually quite good – the print stuff has pretty high production values but there is a completely different team (well, one person!) working on the web stuff with no interaction at all between them. this is why the print programme came out pretty much on time and the web didn’t.

  • Anonymous

    The programme is now up on the Artsfest website early and with an apology.rnrnAs someone who’s trying to organise a really complicated small corner of Artsfest at the moment liaising with the team running the weekend has been a bit of a nightmare.rnrnThe people running it are great and really do work hard to deliver the festival, it’s simply that two part time staff cannot run ‘the biggest free art festival in Europe’ as much as the misers at the Council would like them to. The event is shockingly underfunded, to the point where it’s miraculous that it happens at all.rnrnThere is a complete lack of understanding of the web as a marketing tool too, my source inside the marketing team says that all efforts are put into getting national print coverage, getting that full page ad in the Guardian Guide rather than actually creating intelligible listings for the people of Birmingham. This despite the fact that a web marketing campaign would cost virtually nothing in comparison. Have a look at the Artsfest365 blog and weep.rnrnAnnoyingly the designers at the Graphics team are actually quite good – the print stuff has pretty high production values but there is a completely different team (well, one person!) working on the web stuff with no interaction at all between them. this is why the print programme came out pretty much on time and the web didn’t.

  • Anonymous

    The programme is now up on the Artsfest website early and with an apology.rnrnAs someone who’s trying to organise a really complicated small corner of Artsfest at the moment liaising with the team running the weekend has been a bit of a nightmare.rnrnThe people running it are great and really do work hard to deliver the festival, it’s simply that two part time staff cannot run ‘the biggest free art festival in Europe’ as much as the misers at the Council would like them to. The event is shockingly underfunded, to the point where it’s miraculous that it happens at all.rnrnThere is a complete lack of understanding of the web as a marketing tool too, my source inside the marketing team says that all efforts are put into getting national print coverage, getting that full page ad in the Guardian Guide rather than actually creating intelligible listings for the people of Birmingham. This despite the fact that a web marketing campaign would cost virtually nothing in comparison. Have a look at the Artsfest365 blog and weep.rnrnAnnoyingly the designers at the Graphics team are actually quite good – the print stuff has pretty high production values but there is a completely different team (well, one person!) working on the web stuff with no interaction at all between them. this is why the print programme came out pretty much on time and the web didn’t.

  • mattmurtagh

    The programme is now up on the Artsfest website early and with an apology.

    As someone who's trying to organise a really complicated small corner of Artsfest at the moment liaising with the team running the weekend has been a bit of a nightmare.

    The people running it are great and really do work hard to deliver the festival, it's simply that two part time staff cannot run 'the biggest free art festival in Europe' as much as the misers at the Council would like them to. The event is shockingly underfunded, to the point where it's miraculous that it happens at all.

    There is a complete lack of understanding of the web as a marketing tool too, my source inside the marketing team says that all efforts are put into getting national print coverage, getting that full page ad in the Guardian Guide rather than actually creating intelligible listings for the people of Birmingham. This despite the fact that a web marketing campaign would cost virtually nothing in comparison. Have a look at the Artsfest365 blog and weep.

    Annoyingly the designers at the Graphics team are actually quite good – the print stuff has pretty high production values but there is a completely different team (well, one person!) working on the web stuff with no interaction at all between them. this is why the print programme came out pretty much on time and the web didn't.