Big Team was created with the ambition of making UK Festivals – starting with our own company and events – inclusive spaces by diversifying groups who create, contribute to and attend them.
We aim to open up the sector to young people (primarily aged 16 – 24) who would usually face social or economic barriers to access, and address issues of underrepresentation in the sector’s workforce and audiences.
We are committed to working with a range of young people across our projects. Our current priority is to create opportunities for young people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds who reside in the Bristol area.
In 2019, having worked in the festival industry for over a decade, we were becoming increasingly aware that access to opportunity within it was unequal and that this needed to be addressed.
As individuals and a company, we have a fundamental belief in an equal society and we realised that we needed to act. Big Team was founded to deliver projects for positive social change.
Through our projects we aim to embed a culture of inclusivity that permeates every level of the festival industry, creating meaningful change in the sector’s workforce and audiences.
The Summer Placement Scheme – Big Team’s Summer Placement Scheme facilitates young people to gain paid experience within the music festival sector. A range of companies involved in different areas of festival production are supported to host placements and by doing so benefit from a broadening of their team to include new, dynamic members. The young people gain direct industry experience whilst widening their networks.
St Paul’s Adventure Playground Fundraiser – Big Team worked with The Adventure Playground, ACE and Team Love to develop a project aimed at celebrating the city’s music scene whilst raising vital funds for the playground and giving young people valuable work experience. In September 2019 over 1000 people attended an all-day event at the Playground and over £18,000 was raised.
Big Team is all about working together. If you would like to get involved, collaborate or just find out more about what we do then get in touch.
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