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Erica Roffe

Filling Empty Shops in Bedford

PRESENTED ON NOV 07, 2013
IN BEDFORD @ VOL 1

Erica Roffe and a friend she met on Facebook wanted to find a way to fill some of the depressingly empty shops in Bedford. They held an Arts and Culture festival in 7 empty shops. From there things fell into place like dominoes and new businesses were soon setting up shop.

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On Retail Shop Design

BY CHENG FENGQI
@ VOL 11 ON JUL 29, 2012

Cheng Fengqi is a visual designer, and in his presentation he shows how to arrange retail shops in order to provide a joyful shopping environment for the customer. (in Chinese)

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Social Media in Brick & Mortar

BY JEN & JULIA PISTONE & DEWHURST
@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Jen Pistone and Julia Dewhurst explain the role social media plays in making small local shops profitable, and how to best use the various media outlets to bring in new customers, create an online presence, and build a community around their store. They utilize a variety of means from the seemingly simple photos of a day in the shop, to collaborations with other artists and engineering posts based on statistics and feedback.

 
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Tom & Hawk

BY SUSANNE WIRZ
@ VOL 13 ON APR 12, 2013

Tom&Hawk is a new fashion label, founded by the sisters Annette and Susanne Wirz. Susanne speaks on the ideas behind the fashion, knitwear, new designs, and the concept of the label. She also talks about the photography session for the web shop and the catalogue, showing us the world of fashion behind the lovely products. (in German)

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Oxjam Bedford: Working Locally, Impacting Globally

BY JOHN FARROW
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

John Farrow tells the story of Oxjam Bedford, a movement that works locally but has global reach. The team of volunteers brings many events to Bedford, the highlight being a local music festival, whilst raising money for Oxfam. 

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T-SITE by the Sea

BY YUKINARI HISAYAMA
@ VOL 120 ON DEC 16, 2014

Yukinari Hisayama and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture take us on a tour of their latest project, the Tsutaya T-Site shopping center in Shonan, which expands on the idea behind the original Tsutaya T-Site found in Daikanyama, also designed by Klein Dytham architecture. (in English and Japanese)

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Internet Yami Ichi!

BY CHRIS ROMERO
@ VOL 3 ON FEB 20, 2015

Chris Romero and Eri Takane are bringing the Internet Yamiichi from Japan here to Brooklyn! They take us on a historical journey of this internet black market, where you will find internet-based goods in real life! 

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How not to run a festival

BY EIRIK MINDE
@ VOL 4 ON OCT 23, 2015

Eirik Minde successfully ran the 'Lost Weekend' Festival for ten years. In his talk he in-parts his wisdom and experiences of how to run a festival - or not, as the case might be.

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Bedford isn't sh*t

BY ERICA ROFFE
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 27, 2016

Since 2011, Erica Roffe has run a publishing and cultural events company that proves that Bedford definitely isn't sh*t. She tells us about the pride she has for her hometown and why that has inspired her to collaborate with other residents to build a thriving creative community.

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Luminate: Scotland's Creative Aging Festival

BY ANNE GALLACHER
@ VOL 29 ON OCT 11, 2016

Anne Gallacher is the Festival Director of Luminate, Scotland's creative aging festival. The festival brings together older people and those from across the generations to celebrate our creativity as we age, share stories of ageing and explore what growing older means to all of us. Gallacher explores some of the festival's events and the range of venues they occupy, from theatres, galleries and community halls to care homes and lunch clubs, as well as events online.