Meet the people behind the festivals - Jenny Taylor
An integral part of Aberdeen Festivals’ work is to strengthen the cultural sector in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. This is mainly achieved through our key resource, our people. This month we chat to Jenny Taylor, Festival Manager, at TechFest.
Tell us a bit about your job:
I work for TechFest as the Festival Manager. Although we have events happening throughout the year the festival is our main event. The job is varied and we get to meet some very interesting people who take part in the Festival and who are passionate about passing on their knowledge of all things STEM.
What do you think makes our region’s cultural offering stand out?
We are fortunate to live in an area which has outstanding natural beauty as well as vibrant communities. There are so many things to experience in our area from the different Festivals on offer, the local Highland Games and Agricultural Shows in the summer, watching the dolphins from the Harbour and enjoying the outdoors further inland with hill walking or mountaineering. I think that there is a big shift towards increasing Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire’s profile as a tourist area with a diverse culture and that has to be a good thing.
How has working as part of Aberdeen Festivals developed the festival you represent and your career:
Being part of Aberdeen Festivals has allowed us to work collaboratively with the other festivals. It has enabled us to be marketed as a whole which has increased all of our profiles and being able to market us as a destination area has benefited us all by accessing a wider audience and encouraging people from outside the area to visit.
On a personal level it has let us share best practice and learn how other festivals work which is always interesting, and identify ways in which we can works together.
How do you spend your weekends:
I enjoy being out and about in our wonderful countryside –I live a short drive away from Royal Deeside with all the attractions it has to offer. I enjoy visiting different restaurants and sampling the local dishes on offer as well as walking in the countryside, my favourite place is Burn O’Vat near Dinnet with its naturally formed landscape.