Meet the people behind the festivals - Kirsty Russell
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 are speaking to Kirsty Russell from DanceLive:
Tell us a bit about your job:
I’ve been brought on board to help with marketing in the lead up to DanceLive. I’ve been speaking with the artists as we put the programme together and working with the team at City Moves and Form digital to develop branding for the festival.
I have also been involved with The Anatomy Rooms since the project launched in 2015 so I am especially looking forward to seeing the space in full action during DanceLive.
What do you think makes our region’s cultural offering stand out?
I have been lucky to meet and work with so many inspiring people since graduating from Grays School of Art in 2011. I feel there is space for me and other artists to develop a full and exciting creative practice here. I also see a willingness from cultural organisations to work together towards shared goals.
How has working as part of Aberdeen Festivals developed the festival you represent and your career:
DanceLive is an ambitious programme being undertaken by a small and hard working team. Aberdeen Festivals provides a platform to share the festival more widely and hopefully welcome a new and varied audience to be part of the festival moment. This is my first time in a marketing role and I feel very lucky to have the support and knowledge of Angela and Julia at Aberdeen Festivals.
How do you spend your weekends:
When I’m not at working I try to make time to be in my studio at The Anatomy Rooms. I will be showing some new works with another artist during DanceLive so we are currently working hard towards that at any free moment!