Please read the following carefully for important information regarding Registration, Pass Collection, Safety, Valuables, Students with Special Needs and Catering.
Registration & workshop pass collection procedure for festival participants
Festival passes and showcase tickets can be collected upon arrival at the festival site. There will be a registration desk / box office that are easily identifiable to participants and guest upon arrival at the venue (Pendleton College).
Festival goers participating in workshops should plan to arrive at the registration desk at least 30 minutes prior to the start of their first workshop. Upon arrival at the registration desk participants should display a copy of their order number (you don’t have to print this, you can show us on your phone) and also be-able to display a copy of their photo ID pertaining to one of the names on the order form.
Festival participants will then be issued with a welcome pack including a wristband. The wristband will indicate each participants access to workshops and events. If you discover an issue with the information included in your welcome pack upon arrival, for example the type of wristband does not correlate to your purchase, please do not hesitate to bring this to a member of the staff’s attention as immediately at possible, and we will do our best to get things sorted for you.
Please note that wristbands should be worn at all times and entry to the workshops shall not be permitted without a valid wristband. Wristbands will not be re-issued, therefore we encourage festival participants to wear it, and display it proudly for the entire weekend:-)
There may be some movement between classes as we get going with the festival, some people who have signed up for one level and then realizing that maybe they would be better suited in another level. Please understand that for health and safety purposes we CANNOT permit people to move freely and fluidly between workshops. If you do require a change in level, we encourage you to approach one of our Festival organizers either Suzanne Clandon or Elena Yenulevich, who will consider a request in a change of level either prior to the start of the festival, at the start of each day during registration period, or during lunchtime. Those are the only times when we will be-able to deal with such requests. Please be assured we will do our best to accommodate the request, and get everyone into the correct level ahead of time. Thank you for your understanding with this matter.
Registration will remain open throughout the duration of the weekend, and some workshop passes may still be-able to be purchased on the day of the event. Please note that we will be operating a cashless system on site. Therefore the main method of payment that we can accept on site will be Paypal.
Students with specific needs
All our participants are encouraged to inform our staff / faculty if they have a specific health need or concern that may result in the participant requiring specific accommodations to be made by faculty or staff that weekend. It is the participant / guardians duty to bring this to TDFUK’s attention prior to the Festival and on the day of attendance.
We do have qualified First Aiders on site throughout the weekend, but please make sure all participants think ahead about their own personal health needs that weekend, and communicate anything necessary in advance. Thank you:-)
Safety & Valuables
Please may I take this opportunity to state that TDFUK cannot and will not be responsible for participants personal items such as jewellery, watches, phones, keys, wallets or purses. Like in any public setting, participants must find a way to manage their own personal belongings. We encourage items such as mobile phones and wallets be taken into the studio and positioned in a close proximity to participants, so that participants can keep their eye on them at all times during the workshop. All other items such as bags and change of clothes should remain in the changing rooms. The changing rooms will be monitored throughout the course of the weekend by TDFUK volunteers.
I would encourage all food and drink be carefully thought out, planned and organized in advance of the festival. I will re-iterate that we are positioned in the middle of a residential area with very little access to food and drink merchants and vendors. We care for your well-being which is why we advise you to create and bring your very own lunch, tea and snacks and spend the time engaging with the panel discussions and Q&A as opposed to searching the neighborhood for food options. Please make sure you take care of your dietary requirements and have enough fuel and water planned to keep you going throughout the weekend.
Staff, Volunteers & Participants
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of this community for being an integral part of this Festival and ‘Making It Happen’. Without each and everyone of you, events such as ours would not be possible, and it really does take a village. On that note, I do just want to draw to everyones attention that many of the staff and volunteers working behind the scenes to bring TDFUK’s event to this community are doing so on a voluntary basis, and are gifting their precious time, skills and energy to make this a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all participants. We at TDFUK encourage the highest levels of respect and dialogue for our staff. We may encounter a few minor hiccup’s over the course of the weekend, but hopefully nothing that clear and respectful dialogue and patience cannot overcome. Please be assured that our staff and volunteers, many of whom will be students and gaining experience in their roles for the first time will endeavor to do our best to help serve all of our guests in a pleasant and efficient manner, when the highest levels of respect and manners are upheld. Thank you for your co-operation with this:-)
We want to hear from you
‘Wonderwall’ – In honor of one of the greatest Manchester bands of all time, we have curated a ‘Wonderwall’ a place for Festival participants to post and share their feedback, comments and suggestions for future TDFUK events. We want as many of our festival goers to interact with this over the course of the weekend. Thank you in advance for the dialogue. Good, bad or ugly we can’t change it, if we don’t know about it!!!