Bakewell Arts Festival is brought to you this year by the 2011 BAF Management Group, artists and performers, the BAF Directors, the BAF Consultants and Project Managers, the BAF volunteers and this year's sponsors and advertisers, without whom the Festival would not exist in its current form.
Bakewell Arts Festival was founded in 1998 when its current Chair lassooed a good-natured group of random artists and arts lovers, coralled them into a locked room and plied them with endless supplies of tea and red wine. The event moved from being a figment of their collective imagination to an actual Festival in 1999 when they finally ran out of refreshments. Since then, it has mostly grown from strength to strength and is now considered seriously hench, almost entirely due to the fact that the management has become even more good-natured and random as the years have rocked on.
The seismic shift for the Festival came in 2010 when the Festival management was 'given away' to young talent. What that mostly means is that young people get all the good jobs (programming, performing, wielding expensive film cameras) while the Directors do all that plus everything the Management Group members don't much like the look of or think is a bit cringe. The system needs a little tweaking. Still, such an approach has served the Festival well and Bakewell Arts Festival 2010 was generally considered to be the best in BAF's history. So far.
Below are those responsible.
BAF 2011 Management Group
BAF 2010 Project Managers