Day 1 Round up has been written by Goldsmiths University of London, the MA Events and Experience Management student Zsofia Szendrei.
Roll up, Roll up, the Remix has begun!
Fresh faces, anticipation, enthusiasm and a great deal of curiosity greeted us on the first chilly morning of the #2017HullRemix! We definitely were in for an exciting process, witness to some great journeys in just one short, productive day and ready to tackle Day 2 with the panache only Hull, 2017 City of Culture could bring.
A courageous group of stakeholders met each other ready to get into the nitty-gritty of the evaluation process. Starting off with a lively welcome by Mar Dixon and then an introduction by the City of Culture Team. We headed onto some exciting, unpublished data (shown for our eyes only) and a presentation on how the whole year panned out. It must be noted that considering the preparations and post-work efforts put into such a scheme the “year” does not actually start and end at 2017.
“Once you’re the City of Culture, you’re always a City of Culture.”
What is a Remix though, you may ask?
We surely could sense some curiosity around the title. For those who have not attended one let us give you a quick overview. A Remix, unlike a hackathon, looks at taking datasets, analysing and translating it; finding a way to produce a creative output. This all revolves around topics that individuals are most interested in. As you might often find in life, the more passionate you are about a topic you’re exploring the better. Posters are great, but how else can you push the boundaries?
After getting this little piece of “housekeeping” out of the way, and taking all the juicy information from Pippa Gardner’s and Phil Batty’s presentations on City of Culture the participants went onto forming groups.
First they shared their main interests and then went onto forming groups. As their reflections will show everyone arrived with unique ideas and interests.
Stephen Grey: “It was good to get into different groups, finding out about what the task was, forming teams and then getting on with the task at hand. The best moment was our breakthrough, when we settled with an idea finally.”
James Coatsworth: “It was great meeting and working with so many different people, it made me think of City of Culture in a new way, I had my own idea of it, but hearing from everyone that worked on it, from the volunteers, made me see it from a different perspective. Even though it’s over people are still thinking about it and incidentally making us think about it differently.”
Alana Ennis: “It was good to get an overview of the evaluation data and to find out what everyone was interested in. Initially getting into teams, learning who everyone is, why people came and what people want to get out of the Remix. My group is looking at disability and it’s interesting because it’s not the focus of my research, so it’s a completely new land of inquiry.”
Amy Finch: “The first thing that comes to my mind is our Eureka moment. The whole table came into the group, very open minded, not wanting to make an assertion about the data and what they would look at. We wanted to look at what the data said and where it would take us, which meant we had to throw out a few ideas and data that didn’t lead anywhere. So we changed our idea a lot. Our Eureka moment was finding a seemingly large difference between 2 wards, and finding what that difference was.”
The teams formed and went from one idea to another, the initial four topics were:
- Civic Pride
- Legacy Hangover
- Young People
And from these great ideas the groups went on their own versions of a roller coaster ride settling at:
- Communities and how different wards were affected by the City of Culture
- The impact of volunteer participation
- The extent to which disability was present
- Young People
You may find the group exploring young people stuck to their theme, but not to worry they had their own version of multiple loop de loops while considering their final output.
After a hard day’s work #2017HullRemix presented to each other how far they got and what their ideas cemented into. Revealing what their output of choice would be for the next day, let’s just say there was no worry of post-it-note posters with this lot!
Let us leave you here by introducing the fantastic group members:
From COMFY to CONFIDENT:
Alison Kathleen Boyes
YOUNG- at the Heart of Hull:
If you want some suggestions on how to run a Remix, Mar Dixon is your lady, she has a sixth sense when it comes to working with people and events! She knows how to boost enthusiasm and bring her energy to everyone, between the two of us the secret is in the Jazz Hands!
Another tip we have is: music. Thank you Erica Anderson for that great idea! Your suggestion as we introduced everyone on slack last week made a huge difference these past two days. Having something to hum along to sure made -what may have seemed like- a hard day’s night pump up our jam!
Of course, we have to give a shout to Mar’s lovely volunteers from Goldsmiths University of London. Referred to us by Sara Lindén, Lecturer in Tourism and Cultural Policy and Course Convenor of the MA Events and Experience Management. Veronica Di Claudio, Kristina Kratochvilova and Zsofia Szendrei ensured the smooth running of the event, captured the key moments of the Remix and oversaw our slack. To see their posts check out one of our social media platforms, browse through our Instagram and Twitter for some inspiration.
And thank you Pippa for #2017HullRemix!! Day 1 was great! As you said:
“There was a lot of information for the participants to get their heads round, but after lunch the creativity definitely started going!”