It’s fantastic to see so many of you planning on attending our ‘Out of Office’ conference next month.
We’ve been busy working away behind the scenes confirming artists and sessions, and planning our 25th Birthday Party! For those of you who haven’t bought a ticket yet, maybe we can convince you with a glimpse at our confirmed programme?
Monday 13th June
|12:00 – 13:30||Arrival and conference check in|
|13:45 – 14:00||Welcome|
|14:00 – 17:00||Welcome provocation session with Little Earthquake|
|16:00||Check-in for hotel rooms opens|
|17:00 – 18:00||Delegate free time|
|18:00 – 19:00||TAIL project session with NRTF, Spot On Lancashire, Creative Arts East, Arts Council England (other break out sessions to be announced)|
|18:00 – 21:00||‘I Am Bird’ Marie Klimis (TAIL & Farnham Maltings Co Commission)|
|19:30 – 20:30||Hotel BBQ & Bar|
|21:00 – 22:00||‘Tickbox’ Lubna Kerr|
We kick off on Monday afternoon with a welcome reception followed by a session from Little Earthquake focussing on reconnecting. Many of you will be familiar with the work Little Earthquake do and their focus on collaboration and inclusivity – we couldn’t think of anyone better to bring us all back together for the first time in 3 years!
For those of you working with, in or simply just interested in Libraries, there will be a break out session from the TAIL project, Spot On Lancashire and Creative Arts East. There’ll also be a chance to explore ‘I Am Bird’ by Marie Kilmis, an immersive new experience for library spaces co-commissioned by the TAIL Project and Farnham Maltings.
Fingers crossed for a beautiful Buxton evening as we come together for a barbeque. We end day one with a chance to see ‘Tickbox,’ by Lubna Kerr, a semi-autobiographical, one-woman play in Scots-English and Urdu, which combines theatre, storytelling, and comedy to interweave the journeys of two Scottish Pakistani women.
Tuesday 14th June
|9:00 – 9:30||Escort to Octagon|
|10:00 – 13:00||Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Workshop with Goss Consultancy|
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch at The Pavilion Gardens|
|14:00 – 17:00||Performances, Showcases & Conversations|
Performances with: Coalesce Dance Company, Marie Klimis, Maddie Morris, Jess Morgan. Conversations and 1-2-1 sessions with: Julie’s Bicycle, Audience Agency, TAIL Mentors., Arts Council England Relationship Managers
More to be announced
|17:00||Return to hotel|
|17:00 – 19:00||Free time, a chance for delegates to catch up on projects etc.|
|18:45-19:00||Escort to Octagon|
|19:00 – 19:30||NRTF Celebratory Party Welcome drink & speeches|
|19:30-21:00||Indian banquet dinner|
|20:00 – 22:00||Ma Bessie & Her Pig Foot Band|
|22:15 – 00:00||Nineties Disco|
Nick Goss Consultancy will be joining us Tuesday morning for an in-depth workshop on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. This will be your chance to equip yourself with the knowledge, tools and resources needed to make meaningful change and progress within your organisation, venue and community.
We don’t want to give too much away about Tuesday afternoon, but we will be adventuring out from The Palace Hotel to explore the beautiful Pavillion Gardens. You’ll have a chance to see the wonderful ‘Old Green Time machine’ from Coalesce Dance Theatre and meet new Inn Crowd artists.
Then that evening, we’re going back in time with a silver party and nineties disco to celebrate our 25th birthday party! After all, we think we all deserve to come together and celebrate everything our sector has to offer, don’t you?
Wednesday 15th June
|Before 10 am||Guests check out of hotel rooms|
|9:00 – 10:00||Escort to Octagon|
|10:30 – 13:30||Workshop: Staff & Employment Wellbeing with Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance|
|13:30 – 14:00||Parting Thoughts and speeches|
|14:00||Takeaway picnic lunch|
We end the conference on Wednesday morning with a Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance session to support you and your teams’ health and wellbeing in and out of the workplace. So ensuring you are not only leaving the conference full of inspiration but also energised and confident that you can take on the next 25 years of Rural, Library and Community touring.