It’s been almost a week now since we returned to our homes, and I am missing Eindhoven and STRP Biennale already. Mostly I miss it because of the people I was there with, which I can now call ‘friends’, but also because of the dutch’s bikes and their ‘easy going’ attitude, their lovely food & drinks, their professionalism and the fact that they speak such a good english )
STRP Biennale was a good experience,professionally and personally. As an event manager apprentice, as a marketing & PR learner, as a european citizen, as a romanian living in UK, working in the Netherlands. It was good. Even though it was the first time SAMPAD partnered with STRP, through Leonardo Da Vinci Programme, I feel that this is the begging of a beautiful relationship.
From the things that impressed me most, I will start with the professionalism with which Sampad dealt with the placement, making sure that the 2 weeks travel is not missing anything, and we’re not forgetting anything at home;) Then,I have to mention our welcoming host Lisa, which helped us get around Eindhoven, showing us around town’s best places to eat, drink and have fun. The amazing crew from the festival, although a bit confused at the beginning with our presence, managed to integrate us in the big hard working family. To move on to more serious business, I was overwhelmed by the amazing works of art and installations I’ve seen at the festival, innovative and interactive, for both kids and grown-ups. I am proud to have helped at building The Marshmallow Laser Feast, as it was one of the most appreciated interactive installations at the festival. Also, I was more than impressed with the music night’s line-up, and gutted I couldn’t see all the acts taking place.
Overall, I am happy to say that I’ve learnt plenty from this short trip to Eindhoven, from which, a couple of words in dutch, a bit more about audience engagement and interpretive assistance, and gained some important knowledge regarding setting up and running a digital technology festival.
Gonna miss you guys!