With 5 weeks to go to the Festival, now is an exciting time to be part of the Festival Comms team! We are the first to get a sneak preview of all the fantastic events planned for May by the Festival Team. And having seen the line-up, we can’t wait to get there! Our job is to pull together and edit all that has been worked on by the various Festival teams from Zones to Live Art to Kids. There is a stack of information, maps and pictures to sort through, layout, design and review, but we are nearly there…


So, what are we up to right now? At the moment, we are working on the final detail and finishing touches to the design of the new-look Festival magazine which along with all the usual guidebook information will also include inspiring stories from the Catalyst journey so far. Look out for that when you arrive on site – along with your wristband, it will be the first thing you are given when you get to Stoneleigh. Once the magazine has gone to print, our next job is to make sure that we have all the signs, posters, banners and T-shirts designed and printed, ready to help you find your way around the Festival site.


In the run up to the Festival, we work with the Festival production team and speakers to get Catalyst slides ready including speakers notes and book recommendations. At the Festival itself, we will have an amazing team of volunteers from photographers to graphic designers keeping you up to date each day with all that is going on via social media, videos and powerpoint…and there’s still an opportunity to get involved! New for this year, we are looking for a number of youth to help out for one day each, giving them the chance for a behind-the-scenes look at how the Festival works and to play a part through our social media. So if you are 14-18 years old, with an interest in communications, and are a keen social media user (especially on Instagram), or you know someone who is, get in touch with us on communications@catalystnetwork.org to see how you can get involved!


So, there’s a little taste of what we are up to as the Festival draws near! Until then, keep an eye on the Catalyst website and social media for more behind the scenes Festival team blogs and What’s New for 2018.


Written by Sarah Crowhurst

By Catalyst

Catalyst is a movement of churches raising world-changers in the UK and around the world