FestForward is a fictional, local, cultural magazine, written in 2022, to stimulate conversation about equitable and sustainable digital futures in the festivals and cultural sectors in Edinburgh and South East Scotland.
The stories in the magazine were all developed through interviews, conversations and workshops with individuals and organisations working in the region’s cultural sector in 2022.
We believe telling stories about possible futures – the good, the bad and the ugly – can help us work together in the present to develop equitable approaches to the application of digital and data-driven technologies.
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, events and incidents are the products of the authors’ imaginations. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely coincidental.
FestForward has been created through research by Creative Informatics’ Creative Horizon 3 project.
The research explores how digital technologies, data-driven business models and online platforms for performance can support equitable and sustainable festivals in Edinburgh and South East Scotland in the next decade. Using speculative design and participatory futuring methods, the project envisions possible futures for festivals and aims to create a new space for collaboration, discussion and reflection that contributes to setting agendas for future research, policy and innovation.
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