Joanie is a freelance Creative Producer who founded Hartlepool Folk Festival in 2015. She has worked in the cultural sector for over 20 years. She worked in a number of roles, including Education Manager at De Montfort Hall, Marketing Officer at The Y Theatre in Leicester, Special Projects Coordinator for Leicester Comedy Festival, Programme and Marketing Manager at Loughborough Town Hall and even 3 years lecturing in Arts Management, before deciding to focus her career in folk music.
While at Loughborough Town Hall she founded and managed Loughborough Folk Festival, and for 3 years after that was Artistic and Marketing Director at Sidmouth Folk Week. She developed a number of unique events and partnerships at Sidmouth, including a co-production with SouthBank Centre in 2011 of Peter Bellamy's The Transports, directed by Jude Kelly. She produced a tribute concert called In Search of Nic Jones in 2010 at Sidmouth, featuring Nic performing for the first time since his career-ending accident 30 years previously. She was later asked to by Stewart Lee to reprise the concert at the SouthBank Centre as part of his Austerity Binge festival - an event which led to the relaunch of Nic's career.
She worked with Hannah James to help develop the JigDoll project, and with Rowan Rheingans on Despatches on the Red Dress, achieving Arts Council funding for both. She has managed events for Eliza Carthy, including the Topic Records 80th Anniversary concert at the Roundhouse, and Eliza's show 'East' for Brighton Festival 2021, which featured guest stars Miranda Richardson and Wilko Johnson.
All of these eclectic experiences have laid the groundwork for the multi-tasking needed to run an independent festival! Hartlepool Folk Festival is the culmination of Joanie's passion for folk music, cultural engagement and high-quality arts experiences.
Joanie is also Programmer at The Witham, a lovely arts centre in Barnard Castle.