Big Imaginations Symposium

16 Mar

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12pm – 6pm

Big Imaginations Symposium –  How we brought brilliant children’s theatre to the North West over the last five years

In five short years Big Imaginations has become one of the most impactful children’s theatre programmes in the UK. 

Specialising in bringing brilliant children’s theatre to audiences who, otherwise, would not have the opportunity to be involved, we’ve encouraged and engaged with hundreds of audiences over the last 5 years.
We now want to share our learning to help inspire you and to help people in the arts grow and engage more audiences across the UK.

Sharing the learning
Key points:

  • Access and inclusion
  • Diversity
  • Audience development
  • Risk-taking
  • Programming in areas that have minimal existing cultural engagement
  • Artist’s interventions

Chaired by Kate Cross from The Egg and chair of TYA UK

Artist contributions from:

  • Benji Reid 
  • Ryan Harston
  • Liz Clarke 
  • Trina Haldar
  • Sudha Bhuchar 
  • Nina Hajiyianni 
  • Ruthie Boycott Garnett

Summary evaluation from Anna Franks, Anna Franks Marketing
Hear from Liz O’Neill and Zoe Pickering about setting up a network and maintaining it.

Delegates will

  • Receive a tool-kit detailing the learning from Big Imaginations and how to transfer the learning into your own practice
  • Have the opportunity to network with Big Imaginations members, artists and delegates

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road
M15 5ZA
Greater Manchester

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