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Introducing: 2021 Moving Parts intern Laura Firby

Breaking into the creative industries can be a daunting prospect filled with barriers, both for on and off stage professionals. Every festival we run internships and bursary places to help cut down some of that red tape and to introduce more talent to the Moving Parts team. 2021 is no different and after an open-call application process where we received some brilliant proposals, we are thrilled to welcome Laura Firby as the Event Producer Intern for this year.

We chose to work with Laura because she has an active desire to build a career in the North East of England arts scene; has demonstrated incredible initiative by producing her own events at risk without funding; and is brilliantly enthusiastic, keen to learn and is interested in all areas of event producing.

Laura Firby - 2021 Event Producer Intern

Laura takes the story...

From an early age I have always been interested and involved in performing arts. Studying at Dartington College of arts then living in Berlin allowed me to explore all kinds of art forms. Being based in Belfast for the past 9 years I worked as a performer, taught dance classes and also produced my own shows which then developed into a yearly festival.

Laura Firby on stage

I never thought I would enjoy being on the other side of the curtain but I do. I love watching a project come together, to provide platforms and spaces for artists to create work. To bring art, entertainment and joy to audiences is something I feel is very important.

Working with Moving Parts Arts is going to not only teach me more about producing an event but also help introduce me to the arts scene in the North East. Being part of this wonderful team means I can learn lots and take guidance and advice from those with more experience.

Some of the fantastic events produced by Laura Firby

Recently I did a health and safety course and I’m looking forward to adapting this knowledge to a arts and performance context so it’s something I can use in a future role. Audience outreach and being able to analyse shows and how to use this information to help a festival grow are very important skills in the arts and this will be an amazing opportunity to learn more about this. As far as an internship goes I couldn’t have hoped for more especially as this festival is all about puppetry, a beautiful art form for all ages. I genuinely can’t wait to see the work that has been created and to see the work that comes out of the workshops.

As much as this a wonderful opportunity for me to learn and develop my career it’s just as important that I am useful for Moving Parts Arts. I hope my past experience, eager attitude and love of the arts will mean I can be a useful member of this friendly and inspirational team.

The team have already been welcoming and encouraging and I would like to thank them for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to give a big special thank you to, Andrew and Charlotte Dixon and the Community Foundation for making the internship possible.

A huge thanks to the Community Foundation and Andrew & Charlotte Dixon!

To find out more about the work of the Community Foundation, visit their website.

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