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FIRE STARTER FESTIVAL: Celebrating creativity and innovation in Public Services

January 27 - February 14

“The way you change a system nationally is to do thousands of local things, and eventually the system evolves” – JOE CONCRA

The Fire Starter Festival has begun to create a movement around showcasing and encouraging creativity and innovation for social change and transformation, enabling people to be part of a national programme while still being able to focus on local change and issues.

Fire Starter Wales is designed to bring the Fire Starter ethos to Wales, to celebrate the various creative and innovative ways in which we are all contributing to the creation of a Wales that we all want to live in, now and in the future. It’s also a way of addressing the longer term needs of the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

The inaugural Fire Starter Wales Festival will be held between 27th January and 14th February 2020. The majority of events are hosted by communities along with partners and colleagues from across public, voluntary and private sector services in Wales.

Benefits of Fire Starter Wales

Fire Starter Wales is designed to provide a three-week festival of collaborative learning events, illuminating creative, disruptive and innovative ways in which we can all transform ourselves, our organisations and wider society.

Small Fires of Change (our theory of change)

  • We believe that in complexity, change happens through emergence.
  • Creative spaces and approaches encourage diversity of perspectives on complex issues.
  • Small actions allow us to take small risks, try new things – bringing attention to new possibilities.
  • Actions could be as simple as exploring a question or having a conversation – that can ignite systemic change.

We invite you to host a bespoke event on a theme, topic or area of work you feel aligns to our ethos. Either way, there are many benefits to projects, programmes and organisations who host events through Fire Starter Wales, including opportunities to:

  • showcase your work.
  • extend networks and develop ideas with new partners.
  • participate in a national platform, demonstrating innovation and creativity in public service.
  • collaborate and use public resources more effectively and efficiently.
  • help shape the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.


January 27
February 14


Academi Wales



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