Meet Our Advisory Team ...
Drawn from individuals within the creative industries in the Southside of Glasgow, we are delighted to introduce our 2020/21 Advisory Group. This group of skilled and passionate volunteers are the community arm of our festival and will be helping the core team embrace the challenges of developing and delivering the festival in unprecedented times. We owe much to the communities who support us and look forward to working with this exciting team.
Born in the Southern Hemisphere, New South Wales, grew up in South Australia now 16 years in the Southside of Glasgow. That’s my Southside credentials.
Worked for the last 16 years doing frontline support for a Scottish children’s charity, former Community Council chair, used to play music in pubs when that was a thing, now like to submerge myself in lochs or the sea at any given opportunity. Been a part of the Southside Fringe for most of its existence. From delivering programmes and putting up posters, to being a director, performer and putting on ceilidhs. Excited to see how the Southside Fringe moves forward from here.
I have over 15 years of involvement in Glasgow's electronic music scene; running my own successful club nights booking national and international DJ's as well as providing a platform for unsigned, local talent. I was the first PR & Social Media Manager at La Cheetah Club, and have written content, reviews and interviews for PR agencies, Glasgow-based DJ agencies and EQTV's first incarnation, where I chose to shine a spotlight on unsigned talent sourced from the number one platform of that time, MySpace. Quitting my full time job to go back to study Music Business & Management at college, I learnt more about the business side and the cultural impact of Glasgow's rich and diverse music scenes, reigniting the passion to immerse myself once more. I've gone from running a small, short-lived digital record label to working on starting up a new internet radio station, based in the Southside, which will look to attract the finest local and international talent as well as welcome and encourage people from the many diverse communities in the area and beyond. Often juggling various creative roles and projects while working in a more corporate field where I have never truly felt at home. I am motivated by people, community, communication, collaboration and creativity. I am also a passionate south-sider who is aware and excited by the many amazing local businesses and community groups pulling together to create and maintain the feel-good factor which has been evident in areas such as Govanhill, Strathbungo and Shawlands, to name just three, for a number of years now. Being able to engage with such people and venues to maintain and build on this is all the motivation required. What am I looking forward to most about being involved? The prospect of meaningful dialogue which will lead to exciting ideas that benefit the people and businesses of the local community.
Hannah Fredsgaard- Jones
My name is Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones and I am Danish born Southside-dwelling musician, songwriter and audio producer. I have a BA in Songwriting from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark and an MMus in Music and Leadership from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Alongside my creative practice I work for a wonderful local health and well-being charity called Finn’s Place and for Langside Church, which has been hosting one of the local food bank donation points during lockdown. I am thrilled to be able to support activities showcasing a rich and varied culture and art-scene in the Southside. It is initiatives like the Southside Fringe that are core elements of a healthy and buzzing community. As a member of the Fringe Family I am most looking forward to seeing how we can adapt to new challenges in the current COVID-19 climate and still create a program of the most diverse, awe inspiring, audience engaging experiences that the Southside has ever seen.
I am a performer and performance maker with experience in organising and producing events. I have lived in Glasgow since February 2018 and I’m currently studying MLitt Theatre Studies at Glasgow University. I love getting involved in creative projects and bringing creative minds together to make things happen. I am most looking forward to helping shape the festival and meeting lots of fun creative people.
Since earning my Masters in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2007, I have continued an art practice for the last twelve years, showing both nationally and internationally. Most notably in the European Parliament building, as well as the Santa Fe Complex in New Mexico. I have been a keen supporter of heritage organisations, previously having worked as an archive volunteer for New Lanark World Heritage site, helping them re-organise their archive and supporting the development and research of new exhibitions. This is an exciting time for the Southside Fringe as it has become one of the cornerstones of Glasgow’s cultural calendar. The opportunity to help shape its growth over the coming months and years is one I could not pass up. I shall especially look forward to learning from the most active and entrepreneurial minds Glasgow’s creative sector has to offer.
I'm Stuart McPhee, with a background in theatre, events and public speaking. My personal remit is to help adults with mental health issues through teaching communication and confidence and I hope to bring some of my skills to the Southside festival. I look forward to being part of the positive energy of the festival and share my skills to help facilitate the best festival to date, regardless of the possible difficulties.
Having spent a large part of my working career in sales and working for blue chip companies, I have gathered quite a broad range of business skills that have proven very transferable to many different industries in the last decade of my life. I have some experience running a club night in Glasgow, and more recently I have experience in producing foreign tours and events for theatre companies - everything from venue contracts, to visas, to ticket sales, to theatre logistics, to advertising, to travel arrangements.
I somehow seem to be able to manage quite a big workload by myself if need be. I am from the Southside of Glasgow and would love to be part of an arts organisation that I respect that raises the bar for local music, art, performance, and independent business. I am quite new to the arts and performance industry and I am really excited to be on a team of experienced people who care about Glasgow Southside, who I can get to know and learn from.