What happens next and how does the sector navigate an oversaturated digital marketplace, engage with new and diverse audiences as well as converting its physical existing audiences?

Wednesday October 21 2020  
Keynote: Dave Moutrey Director & Chief Executive at HOME and Director of Culture for Manchester City Council, Kevin Jamieson Head of Programme at HOME, and Hafsah Bashir Poet, Playwright, Performer, Founder of Poetry Health Service, Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow, Associate Artist Oldham Coliseum Theatre hosted by Dr Kirsty Fairclough Reader in Screen Studies at the School of Digital Arts (SODA), and Chair of the Board of Manchester Jazz Festival.

As venues closed their doors, many pivoted to working online. HOME launched Homemakers, a  series of new commissions inviting artists to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home. These were fully funded commissions to groundbreaking artists to challenge the definition of “live performance” – whether through live streaming, recordings, games, interactive stories, personal encounters, or something completely different.

What are the challenges and opportunities to commissioning new work which is challenging the definition of live performance and how do venues and artists collaborate from home when they can’t be at HOME.

Wednesday October 21 2020  
Are you Experienced: Story telling with In Partnership with the School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University

Chair Dr Kirsty Fairclough, Reader in Screen Studies at the School of Digital Arts (SODA), and Chair of the Board of Manchester Jazz Festival.

Telling stories and creating work during lockdown

Whether audiences are online, hybrid or in person, the concept of storytelling remains fundamental to the cultural experience. The pandemic has perhaps amplified the importance of telling stories to remind us of our connectedness whilst physically separated. This panel will explore the unique experience of the creation of work during lockdown and the ways in which artists approached storytelling in a context where audiences were solely digital.


Jimmy Fay Executive Producer/ Artistic Director Lyric Theatre Belfast

James Yarker Artistic Director, Stan’s Cafe  

Pawlet Brookes CEO and Artistic Director, Serendipity

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