Cornwall Business School students return to delivering exciting events

13 December 2021

Three students stood together at The Eden Project, Cornwall
SFM students at Eden

After the coronavirus lockdowns, students on our undergraduate Sustainable Festival Management and Creative Events Management courses have made a comeback with events at The Eden Project, Chintz Symposium and The Cornish Bank.

Last week, students on BA Sustainable Festival Management presented Winter Solstice at Eden Project, one of Cornwall’s biggest tourist attractions. The event showcased the history of Winter Solstice through vibrant performances and interactive activities. 

Cornish storyteller Alan Woollard shared stories interspersed with dance and music from student musicians who performed original and specially devised Winter Solstice-inspired pieces. Along with the main performances, the event also featured interactive augmented reality opportunities, an interactive wellbeing workshop and exhibits of local artwork and poetry showcases. 

With sustainability at the heart of this event, the students were proud to report that the event made zero waste, with efforts also made to minimise the carbon footprint.

Prior to the event, Sustainable Festival Management student Max Wills told us: “We’re hoping that our upcoming Winter Solstice event will be a wonderful addition to Eden Project’s festive offer, helping visitors to get in the mood for the festive season. We were inspired by Cornwall’s rich history and traditions and it’s a great chance to bring some of these ideas to life with our music and storytelling”.

Elsewhere, students on BA Creative Events Management have been getting back into the swing of putting on events across Falmouth’s eclectic music venues. One duo in particular is making waves: Liam Beck and Zoe Lascelles-Lloyd, the faces behind FERN Presents. Both are members of Surf Radio but wanted to specialise more in music events and promotion, and so they set up their own project.

During the lockdown earlier this year, FERN Presents hosted an online music festival called Mango! Music Festival, which enabled them to connect with lots of local artists. That, coupled with their experience as part of Surf Radio, led them to the realisation that Falmouth’s music scene needed more grassroots support and an increased quantity of events to help local artists flourish.

Quick to respond, in late September they presented several local acts in The Comeback at The Chintz Symposium, which rapidly sold out. They hosted two similarly popular gig nights at The Cornish Bank in October and November, bringing a host of eclectic acts to one of Falmouth’s newest and brightest venues.

Speaking to CLUNK Magazine’s Katie Miller, Zoe said: “We want to stay in the area but have been thinking about broadening our horizons a little bit in the future. I think we feel confident enough now after selling out our last gig – now we just want more! We definitely want to continue what we’re doing and help support everyone in the local music scene, people in the arts, and bring people together”.

Liam added: “I think it’s just a good feeling when you’re able to run a gig, with paying everyone fairly and putting money back into the arts industry again – especially after the pandemic. It is a really important thing”.

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