Never have I ever enjoyed a first day in a new place as much as today.
From the get go, everyone was friendly and welcoming, and made sure we felt part of the team rather than just student interns.
We’ve each been given a mug and a desk space, although we’ve decided to share desks and just see where we end up. Go with the flow and all that.
After a cup of tea, and sitting out in the sunshine, we started. We ran through the intern pack that BEAF had provided with Carol, including our roles, responsibilities, health and safety, risk assessments, duties, contacts and our first weeks rota.
We were then left to settle in, and get ourselves comfortable with the print programme, and start to learn the 150 plus events happening over the ten-day festival…eeek!
After lunch and a little walk around Boscome, we met with Daisy for some reflection and to work out a learning agreement. This was a really useful section of the day, it helped us to reflect upon the course so far, what we had done, learnt, found difficult and want to learn. We then split up the roles given in the job description and figured out what would be a team job, and what would be an individual role.
I chose to create copies and PR material such as mailchimp’s; to create passes for press; and to help create packs for press and volunteers for event days, holding all the information they needed. A lot of the tasks were team oriented, however we had the idea to talk together as a team to share ideas, and then allowing one person to carry out the task.
Finally, we created a partnership agreement, to focus upon how we wanted our working agreement to be. All of these activities were done in colour, on large sheets of paper, and had a relaxed environment around them, allowing us to visualise our journey here, and get excited about it.
For the last couple hours of the day, we worked with Rob, who briefed us about the launch party of BEAF on the 27th February 2018. We’ve been given creative control with this projects, to create the biggest, brightest, loudest party possible at 60 million. This is where I got excited, as this is my favourite part of events. We started to split up roles, I would be the creative visionary, Marie would do the gantt chart, and Kala would liaise with artist. These roles are more than likely going to be chopped and changed as well as more added.
Initially, I am excited about all the opportunities that BEAF are going to provide for me, and feel confident in the team already there, plus us as interns, I think this placement will be a creative learning process and I cannot wait to get my teeth into it!