2014 FESTIVAL

REVIEWS/TESTIMONIALS 

 

Survey undertaken via This Is Not A Gateway mailing list.

Survey closed Feb 13th 2015.

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"I thought the content was really amazing, different and innovative. I thought it was challenging in a way that few other events are, because truly other/different viewpoints were presented."

 

"I thought this event was truly unique, I work in the arts and often I am very bored with the same people doing, saying, performing the same things. This was different and truly inclusive and diverse, tackling some uncomfortable issues. I also really like that the ethos of the organisers is to allow space for the contributors, that the festival isn't a platform for them to promote themselves or their careers, but that issues and other people's perspectives take centre stage. I also liked that you had a creche/kids space."

 

"The framework I found to be uniquely ambitious and challenging - quite unlike any other 'cities' themed conference program I have heard about or attended. It was refreshing to hear critical perspectives, voiced often by people directly representing groups who would either not usually get a hearing at such an event, or who would be spoken for."

 

"The focus on entrenched white privilege I found particularly confronting - as a privileged white person myself - and the closing film threw this subject into stark relief: essential viewing. I found there to be a sense generally of openness and camaraderie among festival presenters and attendees."

  

"It was a minor downside that there was no particular informal gathering space outside of the session rooms and corridor where people could continue conversations struck up after a presentation. Given the sheer quantity of events, many simultaneous, it was also impossible to get to everything. I look forward to seeing the presentations online - and would also like to share the content with colleagues and friends based in other countries who couldn't attend. I hope funds will be made available to realise this next step!"

 

"The speakers and artists were at the outset unknown to me and I was uncertain about some of the themes. Lacking any specific expectations here turned into one of the most rewarding aspects of the program for me, as I encountered so many new perspectives, groups and personalities that would otherwise have remained hidden."

 

"To my knowledge TINAG is unique. I am quite new to many of the themes discussed and went because I was inspired by programme."

 

"The presentations I attended where really useful and valuable in broadening my awareness of the issues and enabling me to join the dots to my own experience."

 

"Left feeling I had learned a lot."

 

"The audience / presenters where from many different backgrounds. Often when I attend conferences / seminars etc around mental health issues they are anything but."

 

"The festival is needed and important because it offers increases awareness of issues which affect us all but are often out of most peoples awareness so are not considered discussed or questioned."

 

"I was really impressed with the atmosphere of focus and passion with courageous speakers and topics that are usually not spoken of so openly within mainstream AND what's deemed to be grassroots."

 

"The festival was/is very much needed as the topics it deals with and creates space for discussion are very much marginalised in the established and often in the grass root spaces as well."

 

"All fantastic! beautiful building, friendly attendees."

 

"So needed! I didn't feel there was any sense of exclusivity which I've found in spaces/events organised to address such themes. The young people I brought with me really loved it."

 

"Fantastic exhibitions!"

 

"Crucially important to develop paradigms of thought that are outside the norm and seek new answers and ways of thinking/ acting/ activism."

 

"The atmosphere and conversation were excellent and inspiring."

 

"Amazing variety of events and speakers, really engaging and thought provoking."

 

"I liked the fact it was open and free to everyone. Although the topics seemed really academic they were shared in a really accessible way."

 

"The speakers were interesting, welcoming and mostly pretty accessible."


"It was excellent. Very friendly atmosphere with smiles on the welcome desk. The theme of White Supremacy/Colonialism was great."

 

"Very needed. Illuminating themes and ideas not usually heard."

 

"This years festival had a good variety of workshops, so many that I was not able to attend all the ones I wanted. The approach of the festival was unique in its choice of theme, I had not been to anything like it before. The programme had a wide variety of participants and this made for great conversations and varying insights into colonialism."

 

"Since white supremacy and colonialism are rarely talked about in terms of an infrastructure that governs us, it is definitely very needed. Without these kind of events many people would not have the opportunity to inform themselves about such an important topic and actually do something about it."


"Very welcoming and inclusive without compromising on criticality and difficulty in a way that many 'accessible' events do."

 

"It was very brave to have this emphasis. Made me realise what a cultural hole there now is if TINAG festival is no more..."

 

"Went to some really great things with contributions from people who I haven't heard from before. Range of participants was great."

 

"It's independence made it a much more enticing, and trustable, event."

 

"Very informative , highly critical of normalised political positions; passionate."

 

"Great atmosphere. Good discussions that don't seem to make the mainstream left agenda."

 

"Felt a lot of important discussions were had, and voices tha are often marginalised were able to be heard."

 

"There was a good variety of events and exhibitions with different approaches and perspectives."

 

"Good programme, interesting questions posed, eclectic mix of people, enjoyed the exhibitions, cafe and pop up/venue very good.. Well organised. Informed/intelligent/hospitable atmosphere."


"The festival was extremely positive, informative, and transformative for me. I  took part both days from beginning to end, and I'm only sad that this is the first festival for me, and the last organised by you."

 

"Such events are all too rare!"

 

 "I loved the festival. I really wish I had known about it the previous years. It was really stimulating in terms of bringing to the fore the need to engage in issues of social justice, above all others, in my view."

 

"Engaging and engaged, brave, important and courageous."

 

"It was essential! It was mind blowing!"

 

"I thought it was a fantastic event all round. The choice of speakers and themes was fantastic and I'm struggling to think of a session which didn't give me pause for thought."

 

"Very much needed and very much appreciated."

 

"I thought it was amazing and felt kind of sad that it was the last one as it was my first."

 

"Very important and insightful."

 

"It is very important to have such a platform for people and issues that don't have a voice otherwise."

 

"Atmosphere and approach were really refreshing. I was very much engaged by the critical approach which moves beyond the somewhat tired, rather hypocritical mainstream academic model. Also related to this point, i was pleased to see a real diverse range of backgrounds of presenters as well as participants."

 

"I don't know of anything quite like TINAG. Thank-you so much for all your hard work and inspiration."

 

"Great event with interesting sessions - Important to give a voice to those not often heard."

 

"Great, really critical & important themes."

 

"Super important and most often largely neglected themes in the festival."

 

"Important work!"

 

"A very friendly atmosphere … the programme was varied and the talks and exhibitions touched upon different salient issues in the city and beyond."

 

"Important themes, interesting programme, calm atmosphere and great participants."

 

"Very much needed, brought important but overlooked issues into the forefront of discussion."

 

"It was a little more difficult to predict what an event was about before being in it than I'd usually expect. Everyone was welcoming and the speakers were inclusive."

 

"Great Atmosphere. Great range of participants, strong grass-roots focus and some good theory too."

 

"Needed more than ever. We still need it!"

 

"The atmosphere was great and lectures and film I attended were excellent."

 

"I loved it. It has been a long time since i was in an environment where things that are usually hidden from view could be spoken about. It was the best festival in that sense for me."

 

"Good atmosphere, thoughtful programme, good mix of attendees."