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October 23, 2015

"It was inspiring": One volunteer's experience of the Festival of the Imagination


Our Festival of the Imagination, the centrepiece of our 50th celebrations, took place last week, transforming campus into a hub of talks, debates, cookery demonstrations and entertainment. (If you missed it you can catch up on all the action in this Storify.) None of it would have been possible without the help of hundreds of volunteers who worked across the two days, assisting visitors and speakers and making sure the sessions ran smoothly.

Greta Bendinelli was one of our volunteers and tells us about the experience in today's 50@50. A postgraduate student at Warwick, she's currently studying for an MA in Pan-Romanticisms in the School of Modern Languages.

Why did you decide to get involved with the Festival of the Imagination?

I'd never participated in something as interesting and creative as the Festival of the Imagination before and I thought it would be a great way to start the new academic year - especially before it gets too busy with deadlines and exams!

What did you do when you were volunteering during the festival?

My role was Venue Marshal and I had to prepare the venues before each event started, give out questionnaires and pass the microphone around during the talk. It was great fun, especially because it allowed me to attend several events that I would have never thought of going to and which actually turned out to be really interesting.

What was your favourite part about volunteering at the festival?

I generally tried to be as helpful as possible, both to speakers and members of the audience, and that felt really rewarding. I also enjoyed the debates that followed each event - it was nice to see many people from the audience actively engaged in the discussion.

How did you find the festival as a whole?

I thought that it was extremely interesting because it brought many different topics together, but still remained a coherent event. I went to the Shakespeare talk on Saturday and it was wonderful to see that some people on the panel were once Warwick students, as I am now. I thought, " I could be up there one day too!" It was inspiring.

Would you take part in an event like this again?

Yes, definitely! It's such a great way to engage in and discuss themes that you are either excited about or that you have never thought you would be interested in.

What do you hope to do after finishing your course at Warwick?

I hope to be able to continue my studies in Theatre, a subject that I'm really passionate about. As I mentioned, I would love to come back to an event like the Festival of the Imagination one day as a speaker.

Below are a few of the photos we took during the Festival of the Imagination. See more here >>


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