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A Few Highlights...

Wilderness Festival Main Stage

The Times

Wilderness Festival

"A Celebration of the Arts & Outdoors"

2011 - 2022

Head of Programming

Senior Arts & Culture Programmer

Lakeside Spa Manager

Emma has worked on Wilderness Festival for over 11 years since its conception. In 2018 Emma became Head of Programming, responsible for the management of staff, budget and programming for over 15 stages and venues, spanning music, theatre, circus, large-scale spectaculars, cabaret, arts & crafts, talks, games, outdoor activities and more.



2020 - 2022

Brand & Event Consultancy

A breathing/bathing space located in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, inspired by the philosophy of balance.

Emma collaborated with the founders of PAUS to develop a series of live events and year-round activities, which aimed to shape and enhance the brand, amplify key messages and communicate their core ethos and philosophy. 


Emma also generated newsletter and website copy in order to drive sales whilst demonstrating an appropriate tone and voice for the brand, relevant to audience, and reflective of ethos.

PAUS. Bathing Under the Sky.
Marcel Lucont at The Parrot Cage Cabaret at Elmore Court

The Parrot Cage Cabaret

Elmore Court, Gloucestershire

2020 - 2021

Event Curator

Cabaret Programmer & Producer

Throughout the various stages of lockdown in 2020, Emma worked tirelessly (within the rules at the time) to write, cast, programme and produce a series of pop-up, cabaret dining experiences.


Whilst lifting the hearts and spirits of audience members, Emma was also in turn, able to create several performance opportunities for her network of exceptionally talented cabaret performers throughout the pandemic.

The Good Times Card

"Gift the nudge for life's adventures"

2020 - 2021

Event Curator

Relationship Manager

Alongside event consultancy and curation, Emma provided this 'experiences' company with valuable introductions to organisations within her extensive arts industry network. Emma has both personal and deep-rooted professional relationships with a wide range of artists, promoters, and event organisers. 


The benefits worked both ways. The Good Times card was able to provide a good level of (free) promotion for venues and events via their databases and campaigns. The venues benefited from potentially reaching new audiences. Whilst the Good Times Card was able to build new relationships with highly respected and well-known organisations and increase its offering for customers.


Emma also helped to forge new charity partnerships for the business also. You can read more about that here

The Good Times Card
Kimatica Studio. Veuve Clicquot. Wilderness Festival

Veuve Clicquot

'Hypernature' at Wilderness Festival

2017 - 2019

Creative Concept Developer

Performance Curator

Meeting frequently with Moët Hennessy’s team, Emma worked on a series of creative concepts, and curated performances, for a unique Veuve Clicquot venue, on behalf of Wilderness Festival.


The objective was to provide a new venue offering within Wilderness, which would ‘challenge perceptions’ of the brand; connect with the festival’s audience in authentic ways; and uphold the Veuve Clicquot ethos and story. With the aim to continue to cement the Luxury French champagne brand with the Art world, following its hugely successful immersive installation series ‘The Widow Series’ curated by FKA Twigs. 


Collaborating closely with multiple artists, including Kimatica Studio, the result was an exciting hybrid between a radical performance art space and a party dance floor.

Citadel Festival

"The Ultimate Summer Sunday"

2015 - 2019

Head of Arts & Culture Programming

Senior Arts & Culture Programmer

Emma collaborated with the team to help shape the overall identity, brand and programming concepts for this new London festival whilst working for MAMA Festivals.  A multi arts, multi-stage festival offering which spanned across music, comedy, spoken word, sports games and more.

Citadel Festival. Sports Day
Lovebox Festival. Elrow


"London's Biggest Party"

2015 - 2019

Head of Arts & Culture Programming

Senior Arts & Culture Programmer

Collaborating with some of London's finest music promoters, as well as the wider festival team, Emma worked across several live music and DJ stages, as well as curating & booking theatrical elements for venues and VIP areas.

The Secret Garden Party

"A Four Day Party Like No Other..."

2003 - 2013

Marketing Manager

Non-Music Entertainment Programmer

Spectacle Coordinator

Marketing Coordinator

From blowing up pirate ships, to coordinating 5,000 person paint fights and parades, this is where a love story for festival magic and mayhem all began...

The Secret Garden Party. Bearded Kitten. Paint Fight

Alexandra Weissova, PAUS. Founder & CEO

"The 'Emma Purvis package' comes with such broad experience, personal and professional connections, deep knowledge of the event industry and boundless creative talent; this makes her such a valuable asset to any team or project. Yet Emma's approach to her clients and the work itself is very personal - every single detail thought through, and all business objectives considered with great care, understanding and attention."
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