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There are some big challenges that we face along with our colleagues and organisations, funders and policy makers, and audiences.

Taking a hard look at borders, real and imagined, how to move beyond them? Looking for sustainability, how to face up to climate change? With public policy shifts, how to influence policy-makers and funders to invest in the arts? With the rise of superstar festivals and international companies, what does the future of production and programming look like?  With inequality in our midst, how to shape an equitable culture right across our sector?

No question stands alone. They intersect one with the other and in different ways for everyone and every organisation. Hear from keynote speakers, panellists, delegates and friends about what’s formed their own response to these challenges.

Have a look at the full programme.

Buy tickets

Early Bird tickets are on sale to Theatre Forum and TheatreNI members until 7 May. Ensure your 2018 membership is paid up to date to avail of this rate. Your ticket gives you access to all conference sessions, includes lunches as well as the evening programme and dinner.

  • Early Bird Member Ticket (until 7 May) €120 / £105*
  • Standard Member Ticket (from 8 May) €150 / £131*
  • Non Member Ticket €200 / £175*
  • Artist Ticket €80 / £70*
    We want the conference to be accessible to everybody in our sector, especially artists and practitioners. If you’re an artist or practitioner who is an individual member of Theatre Forum or TheatreNI and want to book an artist ticket, contact for details.

    *No booking fee applies. Sterling prices are approximate and the exchange rate at the time of purchase will apply.


Have a look at information on booking our conference hotel Titanic Hotel and other accommodation options.


The conference day sessions are taking place in the Lyric Theatre. There are some good links on their website for local travel to the theatre. For those coming from farther away, there are lots of transport links to and from Belfast. We’ve put as many of the timetables as we can here – if we’ve missed any, just let us know!