Fans offered 'grants' to create arenas at Glade


United Kingdom United Kingdom | 08 March 2010

Organisers are looking for ‘off-the-wall, kooky ideas’ that can be put into practice at the Hampshire bash, taking inspiration from Burning Man Festival in American.

Speaking about the initiative, Glade Festival creative director Nick Ladd said: “We are looking for people with creative ideas who think differently and can bring off-the-wall, kooky ideas to Glade. Stuff that’s interactive and gets people creatively involved in the festival.

“We’ve been going to Burning Man for the last few years and the show there is 100% generated by the people that attend the festival. As a result, the creative diversity is mind boggling, so we are bringing a bit of that vibe to the UK to see what ideas people have got buried in the surrealist depths of their minds. We can’t wait to see what people come up with!

“We have always seen Glade as an interactive experience and this is taking that ethic to the next level. Anybody can now become part of the Glade’s future creative direction and we invite people to let their imaginations run wild and come and join us in making Glade happen.”

Organisers have also announced the new Glade Union program, a student ambassador scheme which sees the festival recruit students as marketing partners to help promote the event and sell tickets at their respective universities on a commission basis.

Bristol, Bath, Southampton, Portsmouth, Exeter, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Plymouth, Cardiff and Oxford Brookes universities have all signed up to be part of the scheme and all student applicants are invited to join the selection process by going to gladefestival.com/students and completing an application.

“Any students interested in events, promotion, festivals and marketing generally, should be up for it,” said Nick Ladd. “There’s a fat bonus scheme for the most successful reps and it’s a great shout for anyone wanting to get some money together for their annual summer break.”

Students can also get their hands on a £2,000 arts bursary to be awarded to the best proposal for a site art installation that will be built at Glade 2010. “Glade is renowned for having some of the best art at any UK festival and this is a great opportunity for art students to merge their college art project with Glade and cop a nice bit of cash in the process,” said Ladd.

Orbital, Simian Mobile Disco and Tricky have already been confirmed for the festival, with many more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £135 for an adult weekend pass or £110 for students.

Click here to buy Glade Festival tickets.

Glade Festival 2010
will take place at Matterley Bowl, Winchester from 15-18 July.


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