Mississippi Mills logoAre you organizing a festival or event in your community? Are you interested in learning from experts and networking with your peers to share stories and successes? Mark your calendars and plan to attend the first Festival and Event Summit to be held in Mississippi Mills on May 2nd, 2015. This all-day event will be hosted by the Mississippi Mills Festival Consortium and the Town of Mississippi Mills, and is a fantastic networking and learning opportunity. A dynamic lineup of leaders in the field will present on topics such as hosting a successful event, volunteer management, social media for festivals and events, risk management, and increasing capacity through collaboration. The challenges and opportunities for festivals in rural and smaller communities will be an underlying theme of all presentations and workshops. You will leave the day with new ideas, fresh perspectives and an expanded toolset to plan and host a successful and memorable event.

“Mississippi Mills has become regionally famous as a host for masterful festivals and cultural events,” according to Mississippi Mills mayor, Shaun McLaughlin. “Just look at our track record: Almonte in Concert (35 years); the North Lanark Highland Games (31 years); Celtfest (18 years); Folkus Concert Series (14 years); Puppets Up! (10 years); Fibrefest (9 years) and Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month (6 years). That isn’t even close to the full list. The volunteers who organize and run these events have a wealth of experience they can share.”

The Summit will be held at the historic Almonte Old Town Hall in Almonte – the “festival town”, home to dozens of festivals and events and filled with history, charming stone architecture, friendly people, and rich culture. Local inns, B&Bs, and other accommodations are available for those travelling from other locations.

Attendance at the Summit is open to interested festival and event organizers in all communities, not just Mississippi Mills. More details on registration and costs will be announced shortly.

The Mississippi Mills Festival Consortium is a joint undertaking of festivals and event organizations within Mississippi Mills, and is funded by the Ontario Cultural Development Fund. The MMFC aims to strengthen the festival and events community of practice through the application of collaborative approaches, new and social media, improved planning and governance practices, and learning opportunities. This May’s Summit is one of a number of projects undertaken by the MMFC throughout 2015.

For more information on the Summit, please contact Kathryn Stevens at kstevens@mississippimills.ca, or call (613) 256-1077 x. 21.