The countdown is on to this year’s Audiences NI Annual Conference taking place on March 3 at Titanic Belfast. In what promises to be an unmissable event, the conference will explore the importance of ‘collaboration’ both within the Arts and Culture sector but also with local business leaders, funders and the Northern Ireland Executive.
Michelle McIlveen MLA launched the conference programme at Titanic Belfast, saying: 'As Chair of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure at the Northern Ireland Assembly, I am looking forward to speaking at the conference on the 3rd March. The theme of the conference is collaboration and it will provide a great opportunity for Audiences NI Members and attendees to look at ways we can all work better together, for continued success and growth.'
Conference attendees will hear from speakers including economist Philip McDonagh who will outline the new economic landscape of Northern Ireland and the impact of the Review of Public Administration on the arts sector, case studies from the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and the Nerve Centre, Derry~ Londonderry and a State of the Arts Nation Address from Rich Hadley of Audiences Europe Network who will highlight the opportunities for collaboration across Europe and beyond.
The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will also welcome visiting delegates from the EU Grundtvig Project to the conference who will be getting a flavour of the arts and culture scene here in Northern Ireland. Recently appointed CEO of Audiences NI, Margaret Henry said: 'I am looking forward to a vibrant and stimulating day which will inform and inspire Audience NI members and all delegates.'
Places for the conference are £45 per person, Audiences NI members get two free places.