Connected Communities ‘Festival’ 2014


Second Call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to contribute to the Festival

Closing date for EOIs – 30th April 2014

As part of the Connected Communities Programme’s wider engagement activities, we are planning to hold a Festival in Cardiff during the week of 30th June 2014, including a major open public event on 1st and 2nd July 2014 to be held in The St David’s Hotel Conference Centre, Cardiff Bay.  The ‘Festival’ aims to provide researchers and community and other partners within the Programme with an opportunity to reflect, share learning and discuss their research with other participants within the programme and to reach out to, and engage with, researchers, communities and community organisations not currently involved in the Programme and to enhance the public profile of their research. There will also be an early career researcher (ECR) strand to the Festival with 40-50 early career researchers attending the open public event on 1st and 2nd July and a research development workshop on 3rd July (a separate call for EOIs from ECRs has been issued for this).  The Festival will take on the role of previous summits and showcases as the major open public outreach event for the Programme in 2014 as well as the main large forum for networking across the whole Programme.

Following the successful first call we now wish to invite expressions of interest from current and past Connected Communities research teams and their partners for additional activities to contribute to the Festival. We are particularly keen to encourage innovative and creative ideas, participatory activities and collaborative proposals from groups of projects and/or ideas with the potential to attract wider and/or more diverse participation in the Festival. Applications which pay particular attention to the Welsh context, or more local context in Cardiff, for the Festival will also be welcomed. However, we will also welcome proposals to re-use or re-stage activities from past Showcases/ events where these might be of interest to new audiences in Cardiff. 

This call is for expressions of interest in participating in the Festival, with a particular focus on smaller activities with more limited space / time / staging requirements. As a result of a strong response to the first call, the amount of space available within the main venue (St David’s Hotel Conference Centre) for large exhibits, performances and/or break-outs is now very limited, but space remains for more activities such as posters, small stands, single shorter small audience (max 20 people) break-out sessions etc. In addition, we are still open to ideas for off-site/fringe activities of this kind where it would be possible to arrange these in the time available and a suitable venue is known to be available and for activities involving a significant digital component.

Cardiff Showcase EOI Guidance – SECOND CALL-1