What is the future of the Independent Book Festival?
On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr said, "I have a dream." Though not so life changing as his statement, we also have a dream. It's part of the dream which originally brought the Independent Book Festival to life and which continues to keep us enthusiastic about the future. Our dream is to provide a platform for New Zealand writers and literary businesses to share their love of words with the public. We're so pleased you're part of that dream.
How Can You Help?
When you set up your exhibitor area on Friday and Saturday there will be Exhibitor Feedback Forms on your table. These are for you to write down your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and compliments. Completing this form is voluntary and can be anonymous, but offering feedback will help give the festival a stronger direction as well as ideas for growth. Please return them to the helpdesk at the end of the festival.
What Do Our Festival Visitors Think? We'll be encouraging visitors to share their thoughts and experience of the festival with us. Visitor feedback forms will be given out and those that are completed before leaving the festival will receive a feedback freebie. All feedback forms returned within one week of the festival go into a prize draw.
1. Feedback Thank You Please encourage your customers to fill out the visitor feedback form so we can get a good picture of where they are from, their experience at the festival and other valuable information. If you have items we can have as a feedback thank you we'd love to hear from you. The more we have to offer the more visitor feedback forms we'll get completed during the weekend.
2. Hands On Helpers
We need people who are willing to get 'hands on' before, during and after the festival. We'd love your help on Friday to get the trestle tables and chairs into position before the exhibitors arrive at 6 pm. This also includes setting up the seminar room. If you can help with unloading of stock and props from exhibitor cars (from 6pm to 9pm) I'm sure they'd be very appreciative. However exhibitors, please don't expect these helpers to assist you with setting up your exhibitor space. They need to help the next exhibitor with their gear.
3. Cleaner uppers
On Sunday, at the end of a long weekend of smiling and selling it's no wonder everyone is keen to get off home. But if exhibitors or helpers can stay after the festival and help with the tidy up that would be very much appreciated, even if it's putting a few chairs and tables away.
How We Can Help?
What Help Is Available For Visitors?
In spot #2 (see exhibitor layout -festival experience.
What Help Is Available For Exhibitors? The helpdesk can assist with exhibitor queries however, we ask that common sense be exercised in generous measures throughout the festival. This is so small tensions don't add extra stress to the overall enjoyment of the weekend. Don't forget to continually put down your thoughts onto the exhibitor feedback form throughout the weekend. By providing this information you will make the festival better for all exhibitors.
Although we do not foresee any major issues (such as health and safety concerns, or serious problems with other exhibitors or the public) the helpdesk should be notified immediately in such cases. The event organiser who will deal with such issues as a matter of top priority. Our aim is to resolve urgent concerns efficiently it or discuss it with the venue manager. We want major issues sorted efficiently and with minimum disturbance to you, other exhibitors and visitors to the festival. 18.09.15 newsletter) there is a helpdesk manned by my eldest son, Quinn, and my identical twin sister, Kathy. Their main roles are to deal with visitor queries, and to encourage them to complete feedback forms asking about their festival experience.
Below are some photos of the Exhibitor Meet & Greet on the 22nd September at the North Shore Events Centre.