I wanted to briefly introduce myself as the writer of the new Strike A Light blog! My name is Sophie and I’m a student at The University of Gloucestershire with a passion for writing. My purpose for writing the next several posts is to give everybody reading a chance to learn a little more about what the good people at Strike A Light are getting up to over the coming weeks; documenting festival preparations and the festival itself.There’s a lot going on in the office right now, with the festival being a week away! But amongst the chaos, I managed to get a chance to speak to the Marketing and Events Management Intern Aylin Ozkan, who gave me an insight into what it’s like to work for Strike A Light.
Aylin has been working hard with SAL since Autumn 2016 and is sadly approaching the last few weeks of her internship. It was really interesting to get a look into the organisation from someone who was a newcomer (just like me) and is now at the end of her experience with them; it sounds like she’s had a busy but extremely fun time! Aylin’s role has been paramount to the organisation of the festival itself, along with all the external activities SAL get involved in. Her main achievement has been ‘The Green Room’ where she’s arranged and hosted meals (thanks to connections she’s made with a local supermarket) in which she invites performers to make arrangements for the events they’re involved in, but to also get to know them and make them feel at home whilst they stay in Gloucester. On top of this, she’s been busy marketing and promoting SAL by being active on all of their social media channels. ‘What I enjoy most about working with Strike A Light is that I’m always doing something different, it never gets boring here and there’s always something to do!’ she tells me. “My organisational skills are better now and my confidence levels are higher than before, which will help me with teaching […] I have also gained skills in communicating with a range of different people”. Although Aylin was a science student at university, she has a strong passion to be able to combine the sciences and the arts into one learning experience, and eventually wants to become a secondary school teacher. Aylin explains: “I have learnt a lot more about the importance of the arts to portray a variety of different ideas”. This is great experience for the line of work she wants to enter.
Now she has learnt these transferable skills (with many thanks to SAL), she is now able to take the next step in her career. Aylin ended the conversation with “SAL was basically the best time ever and I’m sad that I have to leave in two weeks”. We wish her every success in her journey to becoming a teacher and we’re glad she’s had such a positive experience! Be sure to look out for upcoming posts and interviews with the performers you’ll be seeing in this seasons festival…
Strike A Light festival dates
Wednesday 29th March – Festival Launch Night, Gloucester Guildhall
Thursday 30th March-Saturday 1st April – Neverland, The Redwell Centre & Reassembled, Slightly Askew, Gloucester Guildhall
Friday 31st March & Saturday 1 April – Bucket List , Gloucester Guildhall
Saturday 1 April – Gloriator, Robinswood Primary School
Monday 3rd April – TEN, Gloucester Academy
Tuesday 4th April – Work in Progress, Gloucester Guildhall
Wednesday 5th April – An Elephant in the Garden, Gloucester Guildhall