Identifying key trends for street theatre and event themes for 202013 months ago
Looking at the likely key trends and themes for street theatre and events in 2020.
Key trends for events are often seasonal led or key major historical dates which will have a huge effect on event themes, not to mention the impact Hollywood and Disney films can have!
A quick evaluation of our own data at Fool’s Paradise will show when a trend pattern is emerging. Popularity for the 8th May the VE Day 75th Anniversary commemorations is high as are the Tokyo Olympics. Maritime and seaside themed events remain popular and particularly this year with the Mayflower 400 taking place from Boston (UK) to Plymouth.
It seems that summer events from community carnivals to shopping centre summer campaigns are increasing, perhaps because more of us settle for a staycation in July and August and therefore audience numbers are more certain.
Ticketmaster stated that over a third of UK residents have visited festivals since 2016. We have also seen a steady growth of small boutique festivals all wanting to have their stake in this busy sector. These are often themed to attract new audiences wanting to discover new experiences. The environment and climate change will undoubtedly be a priority this year as well as ‘family friendly’, as festivals are no longer just for the hard core ravers!
Outdoor Arts UK website has a brilliant listing resource for festivals, performances, conferences, meetings and gatherings relating to the sector. Even at first glance you can see that 2020 is going to be filled with plenty of illuminated events and Light Nights.