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Building local ecologies within a national context
On Monday 17th October 2016 What Next? is holding our second national event at HOME and other arts venues across Manchester. Registration opens at 09:00 and the event will close at 17:00 followed by networking drinks till 19:00. Just one week left to save your place!
We want to come together nationally to generate ideas, challenges and inspirations that help us develop strong local partnerships and relationships, with local authorities, communities, educators and commercial bodies - how do we build strong local alliances in an ever-changing political and social climate?
Across the course of the day we will address a range of topics and keep in mind these three questions:
=> How do we change ourselves?
=> How do we make the case for the cultural sector?
=> How do we enable a fairer society?
In the morning there will be workshop sessions taking place across Manchester. Session topics will include:
- Tomorrow's leaders
- Sustainability and climate change
- Brexit means Brexit
- Devolution - local and regional impact
- Higher education and the arts
- Cultural placemaking
- Local Enterprise Partnerships
The full list is available to download from the website and you will be asked to state your preference of workshop after registering for your place. Contributors to these workshops include Dave Moutrey (Director, HOME), Andrea Stark (Director, Foundation for FutureLondon), Matt Fenton (Artistic Director, Contact Theatre), Dr Maria Bashaw (Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries), John Newbigin (Chair, Creative England), Polly Hamilton (Vice-Chair, Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association) and Jamie Beddard (actor, writor & director).
‘Making Connections, Taking Actions‘ is a facilitated networking session for you to initiate conversations with new contacts and take away fresh ideas and inspiration to approach your own challenges.
In the afternoon we will convene at HOME for our keynote speaker and snapshots from What Next? chapters across the UK. We will round up our conversations from throughout the day to take away some clear, positive actions. There will be a focus through the day on action - individually, within your organisations, and together as a national movement.
Who is it for?
Anyone who believes in the role of arts and culture in society: those linked to What Next? chapters across the UK and, crucially, we want to encourage those not within the arts and cultural sector to share the conversation. If you have colleagues from a local authority, voluntary sector or other commercial partner who you want to influence, who you think are brilliant, or who you think should influence the cultural sector, please do invite them to book a place.
What do you need to know?
Event structure & accessibility. The event will be based at HOME in Manchester but through the morning there will breakout sessions taking place at different arts venues across the city. You may be required to travel between venues through the morning - walking maps will be provided along with lists of transport and minicab options, including fully accessible taxi firms and routes. There will also be options to avoid any travel between venues for a limited number of people and our main venue HOME is fully accessible: full details on their website. We will also be providing captioning and interpreting services where possible. We want to make the event fully accessible for everyone to get the most from the day so please get in touch to discuss any questions or concerns with us in advance. Please indicate any requirements in the space provided at ticket registration, or let us know if you would prefer to talk to us about it separately.
Refreshments. Lunch is not provided in the ticket price. There is an option during ticket registration to purchase a pre-prepared packed lunch provided by HOME. These will be available for collection from HOME over the lunch break and provide an excellent opportunity to chat with others over a bite to eat. Please state any requirements during ticket registration, including dietary and access needs. Alternatively, you are welcome to book a table at the First Floor Restaurant in HOME for hot food and more in depth conversations. Although the main event finishes at 5pm, we hope you will stay for a drink afterwards, between 5-7pm at HOME.
Overnight accommodation. We appreciate that many people may need to travel to Manchester the day before the event and have negotiated a preferential rate with Jury's Inn Hotel for event delegates. Full details can be found in the confirmation details following ticket purchase. We will also include a list of things to do in Manchester on the day before the event (Sunday 16th October), including opening times and accessibility of various arts venues with details of exhibitions and events taking place. Why not make the most of a weekend in Manchester? If you do decide to spend the Sunday evening in Manchester, we hope you will come along to HOME to meet fellow attendees for a drink or two.
Bursaries. We want to make the event as accessible and inclusive as possible. Bursaries are available for those who would benefit from financial support in order to attend the event. Information on how to apply for a bursary is available on the website: www.whatnextculture.co.uk/nationalevent
Digital involvement. If you can't join us for the event in Manchester then we still want you to be involved in the conversation! We will be holding remote workshops online, with actions from those sessions feeding into the wider conversation, outcomes and actions. You can find full information about how to join the digital workshops on our website, a little closer to the event. We will be live-streaming as much of the day as possible, via our website: www.whatnextculture.co.uk
Sustainability. We are pleased to be working with Julie's Bicycle to make the event as sustainable as possible.
Event image: Bourgeois & Maurice – Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2014. Photo: Chris Taylor.