Emma Twamley: Director of Glas-Denbury Music and Arts Festival – 100 Most Influential Women 2018
Emma Twamley: Director of Glas-Denbury Music and Arts Festival and Director of Quiet Dream Productions – the event team behind the festival.
Biggest professional achievement to date?
Glas-Denbury is most certainly my biggest achievement, however it is so much more than simply organising an event. Glas-Denbury is a platform for people with a passion, not just for artists, bands or entertainers over the course of the weekend, but also for the team behind it.
We work so hard, but we laugh and smile every day. I push them every day to achieve more than they did the day before (even if sometimes they don’t realise it).
Most profound, life-changing, business moment?
My business; Glas-Denbury, began back in 2012/2013. I am a Mum of 5 children and had gone through a massive upheaval in my personal life at the time. I threw myself into my dream of staging a colourful, loving and happy event that families and people of all ages would enjoy together. I wanted to showcase all the wonderful things I had found since moving to Devon; the music, arts, people and the passion for life that so many seem to have down here in the South West. So, I gathered a team of friends and positive people around me who were willing to turn up in a field, in Devon, and help build a festival. I worked tirelessly through the year all on my own and when it came to the event, found myself stuck behind the scenes for most of the time keeping all the wheels turning. At one point, one of my team members insisted I follow them out into the arena. They stood me in the middle of the field and said, “Look around Emma, look at what you have created. Look at how happy all these people are”. It was at that moment that I felt I had achieved what I had started out to do. It was life changing as I realised, without a doubt, I could reach for the stars and achieve anything. It ignited a passion and deep desire to keep it going, even more so than before. Three years on, we have recently been awarded Silver place at the Visit Devon Awards for Festival of the Year; Bronze at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards for Festival of the Year 2017-18 and were the only music and arts festival nominated. I am immensely proud of what I have achieved in a short space of time – with the help of my incredible friends.
Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni?
Spend time with the people you love and who love you, life is too short to do otherwise. Spend it with those who enrich you, the people who will help you move towards your dreams and those who help build them. There is nothing like a group of people coming together to make their dreams come true.
If you could make one change to the world?
I would make the world a more tolerant place, with more compassion and empathy. We are all unique individuals with our own beliefs, desires and passions, and that deserves to be celebrated. Simply put, I know if we all worked together, putting our own agendas to one side, we could achieve such great and triumphant things.
I believe, with all my heart, it is utterly vital to do what makes you happy. Life is so precious and so short, there is no time to do something just because someone wants you to. You must follow your dreams and love life with passion, love your family, friends and work. And always, be kind.
“In my dream, the angel shrugged and said ‘If we fail this time, it will be a failure of our imagination,’ and then she placed the world gently in the palm of my hand”
Video From The Celebration
100 Most Influential Women 2018
Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed. The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.
Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.
Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter falls in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists will also be featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by pre-ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March so watch our Facebook page or the website for their stories.
A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the finalists, you are all amazing!