Next Stage

Wednesday 20 June 

From 11.00
Delegate and network meeings. Venue Managers’ Meeting for an update on the Arts Council’s Review of Venues.

From 12.30
Registration and lunch

Welcome from Theatre Forum and TheatreNI Chairs

How to move beyond borders? In a keynote address Fintan O’Toole, awarded the European Press Prize and Orwell Prize for Journalism for his Brexit commentary, takes a hard look at borders and talks about moving beyond them in a post-Brexit world. Venue Director Patricia McBride reflects on her many border crossings. Artists present their Brexit Shorts. Curated by Emma Jordan, artists respond to borders dividing a nation and an island.

How to face up to Climate Change? This session challenges us to face up to climate change, to work better and harder to sustain our organisations and sector and ultimately to ensure our survival. Led by Catríona Fallon, CEO of Siamsa Tíre, a group of artists and change agents including Ben Twist, Director of Creative Carbon Scotland and Alison Tickell, Founder and CEO of Julie’s Bicycle arm us with the information and actions that are essential for an environmentally sustainable society.

How to influence policy makers and funders to invest in the arts? Given recent shifts in arts policy and serious funding cuts, representatives from advocacy groups the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA), Arts Matter NI and guests examine how the sector exerts more influence on policy, investment and funding decisions.

17.30, 18.30, 19.30
Promenade performances for small groups of delegates. Quartered: Belfast, A Love Story by Kabosh

Close and bus transfers to the Titanic Quarter

Reception in Titanic Belfast’s Giant Atrium

Dinner in the Titanic Suite.

Thursday 21 June

From 9.30                  
Breakfast talks
Take the opportunity to talk informally with conference speakers and guests round the breakfast table.

What does the future of programming and production look like?
With the rise of superstar festivals and a matrix of international artists and companies, Manchester International Festival’s CEO & Artistic Director, John McGrath, explores the future of production and programming. In a discussion chaired by Jen Coppinger, John will be joined by ANU Production’s Artistic Director, Louise Lowe and Judith Knight, Director of Artsadmin, to discuss production and programming possibilities.

Open Forum
Delegates raise and discuss issues that require urgent attention.

How to shape an equitable culture in the performing arts?
Having called out inequality from within, hear from academics and activists about achieving equality in the sector. In conversation with Tanya Dean, people working for an equitable culture in the performing arts share their insights and an update on ways of working to make equality the hallmark of our sector.


Conference closes

Optional – Get Certified Green Working Group Venues and festivals meet with Julie’s Bicycle to plan an Ireland and Northern Ireland Get Certified Green initiative.