Festivals can be fun, rewarding, and challenging. Coming together and delivering a wide range of events in a short period of time can bring the kind of highs that only come when a whole city, region or place is alive with art and entertainment, serendipitous connections, and a vibe that little else can replicate.
That said, the intensity of festival delivery, long hours, hectic schedules, unpredictability and last-minute changes, working with different people and companies with different needs, and even adjusting back to regular life post-festival can bring on significant stressors and lows. This rollercoaster of highs-and-lows can take their toll on your mental health and wellbeing.
Festival teams and collaborators often come together and part ways rapidly and there are significant fluctuations in intensity between long-term planning and developing work, and compressed delivery periods.
We know festivals have something special to offer – and that working across their peaks and troughs can have an impact on our wellbeing. This guide does not replace what you already know, instead, we hope it builds on our collective strengths and offers ideas and techniques you might not have yet tried.
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