Long Division Central: Programmer

About Long Division Festival

Long Division Festival formed in 2011 and is a city centre festival focused on promoting grassroots music and culture. It is an award winning event and the largest music and culture festival in Wakefield.

About the role

Since relaunching in 2018, we have increasingly sought to attract and welcome younger family audiences by programming accessible activity alongside our predominantly musical lineup. In 2019 our central marquee hosted small workshops, drop in sessions, play spaces and performances and in 2020 we seek to expand upon this.

We will be using the former Food Hall – currently an empty space – as our central space for this activity. Alongside the former Market Hall next door, which will host our main stage, this area will be known as Long Division: Central. There is a huge opportunity to create something engaging and exciting within this space, which will be decorated around the theme of our tenth birthday.

We are looking for a programmer to fill this space with activity on the main weekend of the festival (June 6th and 7th). It will be a free to access space with a range of activities marketed to families, with a “pay as you feel” approach for all activities. It will also host our main box office.

Aspects we would be looking to include would be:

  • Creative workshops, some delivered by our existing partners, some external.
  • Spaces for local charitable organisations to engage with the public.
  • Play spaces / social areas for the public to relax.
  • Talks and discussions.
  • Content relating to our funded “Community College”, which can encompass the above aspects, but is focused on local people and organisations sharing skills and knowledge.

The role includes:

  • Working with the Long Division team to design the layout of the space and hone the concept / goals of the space.
  • Working to a budget to source and book workshop leaders / creatives / practitioners / organisations to run activities.
  • Organising signups / applications and sifting for the Community College strand.
  • Organise contracting of workshop practitioners where appropriate.
  • Creating logistical plans (timetables / room layouts etc) for the weekend.
  • Provide the required information to the marketing team to promote the programme.

The Programmer role will report to the Festival Director and one other Board Member.

Skills / Experience

As an organisation, a key aim is to support the development of others, especially in our home city of Wakefield. The role requires some experience of either booking or delivering workshop style content but working to schedule and budget in an organised fashion is also important.

We expect the role to be predominantly undertaken remotely, though we will be able to offer hotdesking space in Wakefield City Centre. We welcome applications from anywhere but as we are committed to developing local creatives and programmers, will favour applicants from Wakefield and surrounding areas where possible.

Dates

The festival takes place June 6th and 7th. Attendance would be expected and encouraged, but a thorough handover process to Long Division staff is acceptable. Please note in your application if you are unavailable on June 6th and 7th. We would like to begin planning the content of the Food Hall location as soon as possible from appointment. The role of Long Division Central: Designer will focus on the visual design of the space. They will be appointed at the same time as this role and are expected to share their progress / ideas.

Fee & Days

We are offering a fee of £600 for this role, based upon a rate of £100 per day. It is not expected the applicant will work specific full days, rather hours as required. For this reason, it is suitable for someone with another part-time role, or early career. We cannot provide expenses in relation to this role but will provide resources (such as hot desking) as much as possible.

Application

Please send a CV and Covering Letter including any links to your previous work where relevant by Midday on March 9th to longdivisionfestival@gmail.com with the subject line “Application – Long Division Central: Designer”.

Long Division Festival is run by Long Division CIC. This role is funded by Arts Council England.