Designing Narratives for Event Experiences

Festival stage with audience throwing coloured powder.
Photographer: Sebastian Barrows

Secret Garden Party Festival.

Image of a large decorative room
Rosie Cave

We Built This City pop up shop.

'We Built This City' text in shop window
John Parker Lee

A unique site specific location.

Discover how to use narrative and storytelling to create site-specific installations and performances, pop up interventions and mass festival experiences. You will chart the background and context to these formats, and find out how to apply a range of methods to suit different environments...

Taught by: Pigalle Tavakkoli.

Description

Discover how to use narrative and storytelling to create site-specific installations and performances, pop up interventions and mass festival experiences. You will chart the background and context to these formats, and find out how to apply a range of methods to suit different environments. You will gain new perspectives for developing event narratives, and a variety of techniques to tell high impact stories which leave lasting memories with audiences long after they have left.

This structured course is based on illustrated lectures, group discussions and short collaborative exercises carried out in pairs. At the end of the course you will have increased your knowledge and professional skills, and be inspired by the potential to incorporate these into your own studies, practice or work.

Topics Covered

  • Narrative and storytelling – Understanding the difference between a narrative and a story, how to use these to design meaningful events which bring about change and transformation in the audience, setting aims and selecting the appropriate tools to achieve these. Ensuring you are telling the right story in the most compelling way, and choosing the appropriate narrative structure to reveal this to the audience
  • Site-specific installations and performances – Using the properties and qualities of a landscape, city, building or a room, and physically mapping the stories and audience routes through the space to emphasize and elaborate on these. Find out how site-specific performances have developed in response to locations and spaces ranging from abandoned docks, graveyards and hotel rooms. How to fully utilise a space so that the environment and event directly feed each other, and overcoming constraints and obstacles that might be present with the site
  • Pop ups – Taking an event out of a fixed environment and into a temporary space to make the most of the moment, and charting the emotional journey of the audience through the experience. Follow the history of pop ups from being a guerrilla grass roots concept which took over abandoned buildings with very limited funds, through to brands such as Nike and Gap spending high budgets to launch pop up shops as major PR and marketing events
  • Festivals – Creating a mass experience at a festival, and deciding on the levels of audience participation. You will chart the ever increasing popularity of music and multi-arts festivals across the world, and how they have evolved from being free communal experiences for people to express love and freedom with Woodstock in 1969, through to becoming temporary mini cities at festivals such as Glastonbury with ‘glamping’, champagne bars and corporate sponsorship.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Understand how narrative and stories can be used to design impactful experiences
  • Design events that are engaging and long lasting
  • Incorporate new methods and techniques into your practice or profession

Who Should Attend 

This course is ideal for you in you work in events, marketing, PR, brand management and exhibition design. 

Level 

Beginner. You don’t need any prior events experience.

Follow-on courses

After completing this course you may be interested in learning more about event logistics in Venue and Event Management, or ways to tell stories across multiple platforms in Transmedia Storytelling

Tutor information

Pigalle Tavakkoli originally worked extensively in the fashion industry, as Studio Assistant for Alexander McQueen before going on to run her own label designing high end womenswear for boutiques worldwide. She went on to work as Creative Assistant to Jasmine Di Milo, Marketing Manager for designers such as Lezley George and project managed lookbooks for Benetton and Levi's Vintage Clothing. 

Drawing on her background in fashion, Pigalle is now established as a Creative Producer designing event experiences and communications campaigns for leading museums, cultural organisations and festivals. She translates content into meaningful narratives which place audiences at the heart of the story, inspiring them to play, create and debate. She has worked for leading artistic, cultural and scientific museums and galleries such as the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Science Museum, Wellcome Collection and Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), as well as for multi-art festivals such as Latitude, Wilderness, Secret Garden Party and Electric Picnic (Ireland).

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Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
14/12/2016 - 15/12/2016Wednesday - Thursday11:00 - 17:002 Days£525Available Elephant & Castle - SE1 Add to Basket