Dumfries and Galloway’s Creativity to be Celebrated at Annual Regional Arts Conference – CONNECTIONS

Creative practitioners from across Scotland will gather at the Theatre Royal in Dumfries on Wednesday 31 August for CONNECTIONS DG Unlimited’s annual arts conference – the must-attend event for anyone with an interest in community and cultural activities in Dumfries and Galloway.
Now in its third year, the 2016 conference promises to be the best yet, with a packed programme of talks, workshops and activities covering a host of topics; from marketing and fundraising, to licensing and professional development.
The one-day event includes a keynote speech by Ken Hay, Chair of Festivals Edinburgh and CEO of Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Other confirmed speakers and panellists for the breakout sessions include Rachel Blanche, Cultural Policy Consultant; David Stevenson, MA Arts Programme leader at Queen Margaret University; Jo McLean CEO of The Touring Network; Derek Crichton, Director of Communities, Dumfries and Galloway Council; Peter McCaughey (Wave Particle); Debz McDowall (Sleeping Giants); ts Beall (artist and Riverside Museum/Glasgow University); Graham Hogg (Lateral North); Paul Chisholm (Youth Beatz Festival); and more to follow.
The day will start with a ‘marketplace’ of stands and information from the region’s leading cultural providers and a funders breakfast where delegates can have informal conversations with representatives of funders such as Creative Scotland and The Robertson Trust.
There will be pop-up performances by members of DG Unlimited peppered throughout the day. The inclusion of a fun and informative ‘Shout Out’ session will give delegates a chance to share their ‘one minute elevator pitch’ about their role or interest in the arts and create new connections with other delegates.
Open to both members and non-members of DG Unlimited, the conference is targeted at a range of audiences, including event producers, community companies, venues, artists, makers, photographers, community council representatives and local media.
The event is free, however spaces are limited and those interested in attending should register at: www.dgunlimited.com/connections/
David McDonald, newly appointed Regional Arts Development Director for DGU said:
“We have a packed programme of activity planned for this year’s conference, featuring a range of guest speakers from a host of cultural organisations who will offer insight into the latest trends, good practice and inspirational ideas that are sure to benefit those working in

the cultural sector in Dumfries and Galloway.
“I would urge anyone with an interest in the community and cultural sector to sign up and be part of what promises to be one of the most culturally insightful calendar events in Dumfries and Galloway this year.”
Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chair of the Communities Committee said:
“Arts and Culture bring so much to our communities right across Dumfries and Galloway – not only do they create wealth helping us build the local economy, but they also engage young people and those who, are at times, not included in mainstream activity. This conference will be an excellent networking opportunity for those in the sector“.
Councillor Ted Thomson, Provost of Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway Council added:
“Dumfries and Galloway Council recognises that our creative, cultural and artistic communities bring much to our region. We invest in that infrastructure as much as we can to promote not only the economic benefits but the pleasure it gives to audiences and participants alike. The DGU conference is a shining example of us helping this sector to establish itself as a community which is at the heart of regeneration and public benefit in our region.”

Registration closes on Thursday 25 August at 5PM. To register attend visit: www.dgunlimited.com/connections

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