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At the end of every Masterclass we send our participants a survey which helps us keep the course relevant.  The following table contains some of the feedback comments we have received in these surveys.

Thank you Paul for a brilliant two days! The material delivered was interesting and highly relevant to our industry. Your presentation was full of inspirational ideas on how we can improve and refine our events, which I found very motivating. I am grateful to you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us. Thank you once again!” Wine Geelong
Paul was very enthusiastic and gave me a lot of new ideas to make our festival better. The exercises he did are a very useful instrument to create new innovative events. Fumetto – International Comix-Festival Lucerne
The Festival and Event Management Masterclass 2019: Paul's knowledge and experience in this area is phenomenal. The information gained from the masterclass has been tremendously helpful and has inspired me to broaden my mind and widen my parameters. The education I received was utilised immediately. I was sending off emails during class to my festival team! The Basin Music Festival
Inspiring, expanding views and also a clear idea or feeling what you want and what is needed or worth the try in organizing and managing different kind of Festivals/Event/Experiences. Stadspodium Utrecht
I found Paul inspiring, intriguing and to be a walking encyclopedia of events. I enjoyed every minute of the course and found that he was able to relate all examples to real life situations which made it really easy to follow and understand at industry level. Would highly recommend this course for anyone working in the event sector or just looking at a creative way to grow their event. Adelaide Showground
The course was really helpful to put in place a general strategy for our Festival. It raised questions we never thought of, and we were able to set out clear guidelines to improve our relationship with our audience. Interdans
Great, inspirational course. Worked miracles for us! Malm? Eid-Festival
I learned that events and festivals do have a great value for the wellbeing of residents and impact on businesses. I got new energy and enthusiasm at my work as a coordinator. City of Espoo
I think everyone should take the class a second time. This got me to see how I had implemented some of the suggestions from the last class and how our festival had improved by it. This time around the class gave me tons of new ideas thanks to Paul and the other participants. Now our dance festival will be even better once again. Abundance International Dance Festival
I enjoyed the Master Class, I went home with so many new ideas and good energy. H.C. Andersen Festival, Odense
As a local government officer providing support for event organisers in our municipality, this course provided me with a variety of tips and tools that I can pass on as well as giving me the opportunity to look more critically at how we as a council support events and what we can do differently or better.? Coming from a small rural municipality, this sort of networking is usually hard to come by so it was a nice bonus on top of a great course!, Alpine Shire Council
The sky is the limit! The course confirmed in many ways that our little festival is on the right track, and that gives us so much renewed energy. You can't put a price in that! Sirkusfestivalen, Sarpsborg
Paul is an incredibly talented and passionate individual with a wealth of knowledge on festivals and events. Participating in the Festival and Event Management Masterclass has provided me with a unique and creative set of tools and a deeper understanding to improve my abilities as an Event Manager. After completing the two day course I have a greater understanding of how to develop events and how to give them a point of difference from those that are already established. Carclew, South Australia
It was so refreshing to take the time to think outside the box about our festival. Paul certainly has the cred and creativity to inspire. The Toronto Fringe
The information was delivered in a very genial and easy to absorb manner. Paul is an entertaining, yet succinct, teacher. The use of numerous real examples of festivals around the world was excellent. Equally, the group brainstorming was non-confronting, inspirational, and fun, as well as a great way to connect with others in the group. Loved the networking and having a day away from my desk, to think creatively, to reassess raison d'etre, and to consider developments. Maker&Smith
A great short course for anyone looking to improve on their specialist event management knowledge. Event Manager, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Paul's knowledge, wisdom and sense of humor made this such an enjoyable experience. This was the most engaging and useful course I have ever attended. I would urge all who are involved in the Events Industry at any level to make sure you take the time to attend the next available course. City of Kalamunda
A really informative & inspiring workshop. Paul's a great communicator who brings a lot of energy & experience on the subject of Festivals & Events to the workshop. Ocean to City, Cork
This 2 day Masterclass really opened up my eyes to future possibilities of where I see my career going. I do many events in my position but nothing on that huge scale of festival planning. I really enjoyed the breakdown of the organisational chart. I cover many areas in my position so seeing and understanding this made me think more about specialising in a certain area/s. I really enjoyed the People/Partnerships and the Programming areas especially and of course the interaction group discussion and creative sessions. Thank you Paul for a fabulous 2 days of information and learning, your wonderful sense of humour and your incredible passion about what you do and have done made it very easy to understand, absorb and get excited about future possibilities.You are a true professional that clearly loves what you do and takes such pride in sharing your knowledge. Good luck Paul and hopefully our paths cross at a festival one day! Perth USAsia Centre, UWA
The masterclass on festivals gave me lots of new insights and ideas. It also gave me the possibility to evaluate the current approach. Furthermore it gave great energy to our group and will lead to a better cooperation in the (near) future. A must to for everyone involved with the programming and (collective) promotion of festivals! Festivalbureau Overijssel
As an experienced festival director and producer I found Paul's ease of presentation aspirational, informative and beneficial to the increasing my work place knowledge, highly recommended. 3kps
Very useful to gain a broad perspective on festivals to make your own festival a better one. Dutch Railway Museum
It was a packed two days of activities and information and even seasoned festival managers will come away with new ideas and new approaches to their event. Feast Festival
I?ve been working with festivals, events and culture for 10 years now, and this gave me some new energy, new ideas and I got my ambition back again. Stockholm Masterclass Participant
Paul's event management masterclass was of the upmost value to the projects I am currently undertaking, and to my events in the future. A wealth of experience, he is knowledgable in many aspects of running a successful festival and shared some great little secret tips and tactics to ensure your event is the best it can be. I have attended event seminars before but this masterclass is the one if you take pride in your events and have a genuine drive to make them better and better into the future. The Band Wagon Agency
I'm happy I participated this class. It gave me new energy and inspired me to think about my own events and projects from another perspective - because sometimes you can get stuck in your own way of doing things and then it's good to get new input. Furthermore, the class has given me a good overview of the entire process of festival/event planning from development of ideas to press and evaluation. I will definitely make use of the different steps of the class while going on with the planning of my events. bazART, Center for Arts & Interculture
Paul has a wealth of experience and knowledge that anyone can benefit from in the events industry. The time given to allow networking opportunity with fellow attendees was great. As a result of the 2 days, i left with fresh and creative ideas that i feel can only be fostered in these sorts of environments and made valuable connections that will take my ideas to the next level. Australian Tap Dance Festival
Thank you for a lot of important information and a lovely opportunity to rethink my own Salaam Film festivals challenges and possibilities in Denmark. I'll recommend the course to everyone - high and low in the business. Salaam Filmfestival
The course was well planned and insightful. Paul has loads of experience, is confident in himself, yet informal and easy to talk with, and great at involving the participants. I would recommend the course both for learning and motivational purposes. Nordland Music Festival
The course was so inspiring and I'm now looking forward to start planning The Crimebook Fair. Horsens Public Library
Paul was very knowledgeable about festivals and event management, I left the course feeling inspired and had the tools to make my new ideas come to life. Township of Huron-Kinloss
It was really a pleasure to see a person who genuinely wants to share the knowledge he has and enjoys doing that. There are never too many people like Paul. Highly recommended source of inspiration! Tallinn Masterclass Participant
The masterclass gave provided a solid understanding of event management, clarified key aspects, and provided the keen insight that could only come from a high level of direct experience. I'm inspired to put the ideas gleaned from the course into practice as our event grows in the years ahead. Actif Epica
This course has been fantastic! All the information was relevant and scalable! I highly recommend this course to anyone new to the industry or professionals who need a way to compete in the market. Northern Touch Music Festival
After the course I could start straight away with improvements. That's what was so great with the course. It gave new ways of how to develop our film screenings with what's already at hand. GAFF (Gothenburg Abulant Film Society)
Your vast knowledge was incredible & your ability to transfer it to large & small festivals was remarkable! Winnipeg Masterclass Participant
I left Paul's course in Stockholm full of ideas and zest for my own festival. A great opportunity to meet and be inspired by someone who has been at the helm of such prestigious festivals as Aldeburgh, The Fringe and The City of London Festival. Link?ping Comedy Festival
As a result of this course the local government events officers of the north are going to meet for the first time to look at ways of working together to make bigger and better festivals. Tasmania Masterclass Participant
Paul was a fantastic instructor. The whole course was well thought out and expertly delivered. An absolute must for an event planner. Dublin Masterclass Participant
I thought it was amaaaazing! So much knowledge, energy and enthusiasm encapsulated in one man - plus the ability to really communicate. It would have been impossible to leave this Masterclass without having a whole new set of tools to work with. Art of Craft Experience
I really loved the course and found it informative and stimulating. I think the thing that I gained most from it is a renewed interest in thinking creatively about how we can do things and about how I could involve more of our staff in being creative within their positions. Vancouver Masterclass Participant
A great background to Festivals and Events. The course really gives you the confidence to aim high and build a great event. Paul shares valuable insight into making an event or festival really special. Adelaide Masterclass Participant
Paul is like Tardis: unassuming, but full of wonders and acts as a door to new dimensions. Highly recommended! Oulu Dance Centre
Paul's experience, enthusiasm and inclusive approach to idea sharing made this class masterful. Two days of professional development that never lost its energy. Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Paul has the amazing ability to coach event management professionals participating in his masterclass without them even knowing it! He inspires participants to think and connect the dots in a creative way in order to create stronger programmes, partnerships and networks for their festival and events. His passion is contagious! HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences.
It was useful both as a challenge and a validation of the work we do in festivals, it was far from boring. Imagine arts festival, Waterford
Thank you Paul, I found your class very inspiring and it gave me a lot of food for thought in many areas. I will go back to my projects full of inspiration and with great developmental ideas for the future. Hope to see you soon again and continue discussions! Theatre festival Hang? Teatertr?ff
I appreciate that so much information was included - sponsorships, partnerships, new media, for example - that are applicable to all areas of nonprofit and marketing work. Paul was very generous with information and made every minute of the course count. Wade Edwards Foundation
I can honestly say that for me this was a great experience to learn from a true industry professional and get insights from events that attract people from all over the world. Paul was surely interested in providing us with as much knowledge as possible in two-days, the right amount of fun and plenty of inspiration to get us all going on with our projects. Thanks to FilmCloud for giving me the chance to be a part of this! Film Cloud
Paul created a relaxed, open space which teased out creative interactions from all corners of the group. A brilliant package of information was transmitted that exceeded its short time frame. By the end of the course the collective had reached a creative high and a great amount of inspiration had been generated. Cork Masterclass Participant
Very inspiring and useful, a crash course for working with festivals. Tempo Documentary Festival
An eye-opener for easy to attain enhancements of festivals and festival management. Province of Overijssel
An incredible 2 day workshop full of fantastic ideas, people and areas to improve what event you may be working on already or planning on introducing to the world. Stockholm Masterclass Participant
After the masterclass we totally changed our festival and the way we wanted to run it. We even changed from being a winter festival to late summer festival. We realised that the fun thing about being in charge of a festival is that you can do whatever you want with it and we shouldn't be lead by our sponsors. The two days masterclass really stirred things up in a positive way. And we look forward to showing our audience what we got for them.
Very motivated, interesting speaker. Wasn't even hard to remain focussed for 8 hours. Great choice of topics, very hands-on seminar, knowledge I can immediately implement in my work. Much recommended. Kortrijk Masterclass Participant
Festival Mooie Woorden,?Utrecht
The master class gave me many new ideas how to improve our festival. When the course was over Friday afternoon I wanted to immediately transfer my impressions to action. BUFF Film Festival
Great stories, enormous amount of useful information and I met a lot of interesting people. But above all it has given me a much wider view on (my) events. Smartlappenfestival, Oktoberfest Utrecht
The course gave me the confidence to believe in my ideas and gave me a lot of new input that will clearly help me to improve my work. Malm? Masterclass Participant
I'm happy I participated this class. It gave me new energy and inspired me to think about my own events and projects from another perspective - because sometimes you can get stuck in your own way of doing things and then it's good to get new input. Furthermore, the class has given me a good overview of the entire process of festival/event planning from development of ideas to press and evaluation. I will definitely make use of the different steps of the class while going on with the planning of my events. bazART, Center for Arts & Interculture
I would highly recommend this masterclass to all festival and event workers. But I would especially recommend the masterclass to decision makers and financiers at the cities/regions to make them aware of what advantages and exposure a great festival can give their region/city. Film i Sk?ne
Paul has a clear passion and deep knowledge of the event industry. The Masterclass was an excellent opportunity to network with other event professionals. You will leave with a flood of event ideas that will fill your notebook for days! Southern Forest Events
It was great to get to know more about how other festivals and events are planned, and put it into use in my own festival. Especially the parts about marketing, sponsorship and how to make your own festival unique, were very useful. Festspelen i Pite?
A tremendous opportunity to learn from a world leader in event management. Bunbury Eisteddfod
Even though I have been in the event management industry for 30 years - the course helped consolidate the knowledge I had - but also helped me to think more cleverly and outside the box in many areas too. Rubis
I found the two day course inspired me to look at the event I'm involved with from a new perspective, there were lots of great tips which can easily be translated to any event. The networking opportunity was also of great benefit. Fairbridge Festival
Paul's masterclass was both insightful and inspiring with lots of practical tips on how to organise and run a successful festival. I heartily recommend this masterclass for anyone working with events and festivals. Iseard.Media
I found some great ideas to potentially help make our festival better and reach more participants. Both from Paul and from the others at the seminar. Shady Grove Bluegrass Music Festival
The breadth of the course content was astounding, and sprinkled with creative brainstorming sessions that had me coming away with tons of great ideas to apply to our Festival. Saskatoon Festival of Trees
I had the most wonderful experience. It's great to go to a course that gives you tangible and useful information that you can go away and implement yourself. I highly recommend this Masterclass! Feast Festival
This course helped me realize the potential in my Festival and allowed me to open myself to creative ideas to refresh and strengthen my events. Saskatchewan Festival of Words
Fantastic days and really refreshing! BUFF Filmfestival
I really enjoyed the course and networking opportunities. Paul is very knowledgeable in the festival and event management field and he makes the course interesting and interactive. I definitely recommend it! Town of White City

I Got One A-Ha Moment After Another!

You`re sharing so much practical knowledge and brilliant examples, I got one a-ha moment after another! LOTS of useful ideas (and energy!) to bring back home. Hilmarfestivalen, Norway

Reinvent Our Town

Amazing ideas to not only reinvent my events, but also reinvent our town. Rural City of Wangaratta

Empowered and Buzzing With Ideas

An inspiring and informative masterclass session. I left empowered and buzzing with ideas. City of Greater Geelong

I Highly Recommend This Masterclass!

I had the most wonderful experience. It’s great to go to a course that gives you tangible and useful information that you can go away and implement yourself. I highly recommend this Masterclass! Feast Festival

A Brilliantly Practical Course

A brilliantly practical course for anyone in the event management industry, no matter how experienced! Sydney Music Expo

Food for Thought

The masterclass on festivals gave food for thought, presented in an inspiring and refreshing way. CODA Oslo International Dance Festival

Head Full of Ideas and New Energy

I left the masterclass with my head full of ideas and new energy and A Great sense of believing in festivals as the best method to bring People and art/culture together. Billund Kommune

The Ultimate Crash Course in Festival Management!

The course was a vitamin injection in how to manage a festival and also how to evolve it. In short: The ultimate Crash Course in festival management! City of Sodertalje

I Can Highly Recommend It

The course was highly skilled, personal and interesting all the way through! I can highly recommend it – the time spent with Paul is spent really well! Salaam Film & Dialogue

Get the Creative Juices Flowing.

Paul is a wealth of knowledge and fun to listen to. It’s clear he knows his stuff and gave us great mini-exercises to get the creative juices flowing. I can’t wait to bring some of the ideas I generated in is class to my city! Brockville & 1000 Islands Tourism

A Unique and Creative Set of Tools

Paul is an incredibly talented and passionate individual with a wealth of knowledge on festivals and events. Participating in the Festival and Event Management Masterclass has provided me with a unique and creative set of tools and a deeper understanding to improve my abilities as an Event Manager. After completing the two day course I have a greater understanding of how to develop events and how to give them a point of difference from those that are already established. Carclew, South Australia

…inspired me to broaden my mind and widen my parameters

The Festival and Event Management Masterclass 2019: Paul’s knowledge and experience in this area is phenomenal. The information gained from the masterclass has been tremendously helpful and has inspired me to broaden my mind and widen my parameters. The education I received was utilised immediately. I was sending off emails during class to my festival team! The Basin Music Festival

A Variety of Tips and Tools that I can Pass on

As a local government officer providing support for event organisers in our municipality, this course provided me with a variety of tips and tools that I can pass on as well as giving me the opportunity to look more critically at how we as a council support events and what we can do differently or better. Coming from a small rural municipality, this sort of networking is usually hard to come by so it was a nice bonus on top of a great course!, Alpine Shire Council

Now Our Dance Festival Will Be Even Better

I think everyone should take the class a second time. This got me to see how I had implemented some of the suggestions from the last class and how our festival had improved by it. This time around the class gave me tons of new ideas thanks to Paul and the other participants. Now our dance festival will be even better once again. Abundance International Dance Festival

Worked Miracles for Us!

Great, inspirational course. Worked miracles for us! Malmö Eid-Festival

A Brilliant Two Days

Thank you Paul for a brilliant two days! The material delivered was interesting and highly relevant to our industry. Your presentation was full of inspirational ideas on how we can improve and refine our events, which I found very motivating. I am grateful to you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us. Thank you once again! Wine Geelong

Paul’s knowledge is second-to-none…

Affable and highly knowledgeable, Paul Gudgin has condensed 30 years of festivals industry know-how into two days of intensive learning, offering advice on anything from grassroots to strategic aspects of developing festivals, across all areas. Paul’s knowledge is second-to-none making this workshop a must-attend event for festival and arts workers at any stage of their careers.

West Australian Music (WAM)

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