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Join us Friday Sept 10, 1-5:30pm for a special experiential learning and networking event! The Art of Mass Gatherings training is designed for artists and event producers to share knowledge and elevate the safety, sustainability, and accessibility of our events.

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Who should Attend

  • Performers
  • Organizers
  • Planners
  • Promoters
  • City staff
  • Emergency responders
  • Engineers
  • Vendors
  • Audiences and the public

Topics Covered Include

  • COVID-19 Modifications
  • Event virtualization
  • Life safety, health, and public welfare
  • Event waste reduction and management as part of emergency preparedness
  • Cultural Placekeeping
  • Climate change resilience
  • Legal concerns and emergency plans
  • Mental and physical health first aid
  • Crowd management
  • Entertainment and emergency systems (waste, water, power, interactive content/innovative audience communication to enhance safety)
  • Enhancing accessibility
  • Transportation and tactical urbanism
  • Harm reduction, gender safety, and trauma-informed practices
  • Emergency preparedness for nontraditional venues and immersive events

Participants Will Work Towards The Following Goals

  • Help festivals safely re-commence activities including in-person as well as virtual activities in case COVID restrictions remain in place.
  • Build relationships across disciplines, agencies, multicultural groups, and neighboring counties.
  • Share best practices with respect to festival accessibility and sustainability.
  • Prepare organizations for a variety of situations including hurricanes, earthquakes, and terrorism.

Covid Safety Advisory

The safety of our attendees is our number one priority. A full COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test is required to attend the symposium, and masks may be required for some or all activities. Additional precautions for your safety may be employed as per evolving public health guidance and local and state regulations. Participants will be asked to upload their vaccination or test documentation to a google form prior to the event and may be required to take a 15-minute antigen (shallow nasal swab) test upon their arrival. For patrons who are not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test result must be obtained within 48 hours (2 days) prior to the event start time.

Please be aware that there is risk in attending any large gatherings at this time. There is a particular risk for populations that may not currently be eligible for vaccination, are immunocompromised, or whose vaccine protection is incomplete. By registering for this event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and accept our terms and conditions for your safe participation.




Anyone who is interested is invited to join on Saturday for the following optional activities, open to the public.

Meet at 8:30am outside the entrance of the Bellemeade Parking Deck, 220 N. Greene St. to watch the 9/11 stair climb. The stair climb begins at 9am; registration to participate begins at 7:30 am.
Festival tour with Majestic Collaborations, featuring ASL interpretation by Holly Maniatty
Attend an afternoon memorial and demonstration in memory of Marcus Smith

Please also enjoy a weekend of music, food, and culture at the North Carolina Folk Festival, free and open to the public!

Opening events at the Triad Stage | 1-2:15 pm
232 South Elm Street, Greensboro, North Carolina
Join us for a land acknowledgment, welcomes and introductions, and our first session of the day focusing on changes to the arts and events production industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This conversation features City of Asheville special events permitter Jon Fillman, General Manager of Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville Chris Corl, Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission Executive Director Demp Bradford, and Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Director Peyton O’Conner.

Tours of the North Carolina Folk Festival grounds | 2:25-5 pm
We’ll break into three smaller groups to take hands-on tours of the North Carolina Folk festival. Each participant will rotate around to each of the three tours: safety, accessibility, and sustainability.

Led by event and emergency electrics expert Chris Soliz and featuring a variety of safety professionals and interventions in place at the North Carolina Folk Festival.

A site walk, assessment, and discussion dedicated to enhancing accessibility from a variety of lenses, including physical access, neurodiversity, and age-related inclusion. Led by Holly Maniatty from Everyone’s Invited, In Focus Advocacy, and Amanda Beyer Loflin.

Experience a variety of best practices hands-on for greening your events through strategic materials life cycle design,
Featuring Tyler Bonner from the Zero Waste Fest, representatives from the City of Greensboro Recycling and Waste Reduction Educator, Matt Kowal of Majestic Waterworks, and other local and national experts.

Local showcase | 5-5:30 pm
A special round of Pecha Kecha format presentations on community engagement, equity and inclusion, and local services available to support your event production.

Networking | 5:30 pm on
Get to know the other participants from today’s event and enjoy the first events of the North Carolina Folk Festival together!

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