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Conference 2022 ‘Out of Office’ Programme

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 – 13:30Arrival and conference check in
13:45 – 14:00Welcome
14:00 – 17:00Welcome provocation session with Little Earthquake
16:00Check-in for hotel rooms opens
17:00 – 18:00Delegate free time
18:00 – 19:00TAIL 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 – 20:30Hotel 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 – 9:30Escort to Octagon
10:00 – 13:00Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Workshop with Goss Consultancy
13:00 – 14:00Lunch at The Pavilion Gardens
14:00 – 17:00Performances, 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
17:00Return to hotel
17:00 – 19:00Free time, a chance for delegates to catch up on projects etc.
18:45-19:00Escort to Octagon
19:00 – 19:30NRTF Celebratory Party Welcome drink & speeches
19:30-21:00Indian banquet dinner
20:00 – 22:00Ma Bessie & Her Pig Foot Band
22:15 – 00:00Nineties 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 amGuests check out of hotel rooms
9:00 – 10:00Escort to Octagon
10:30 – 13:30Workshop: Staff & Employment Wellbeing with Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance
13:30 – 14:00Parting Thoughts and speeches
14:00Takeaway 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.