A Zoom get-together for freelancers, furloughed staff, artists, makers, production staff to share advice, share useful stuff, talk about issues and connect as a creative community.

Unfolding Theatre, Curious Monkey, Open Clasp, Northern Stage, Live Theatre, Curious Festival, Gosforth Civic Theatre and balletLORENT

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A big Zoom get-together that made space where freelancers, furloughed staff, artists, makers, production staff could ask for advice, share useful stuff, talk about the issues affecting them and just check in. We loved meeting people, catching up with old friends, and generally feeling more connected to our brilliant NE arts community.

At our second social we shared experiences from lockdown, played a game or two and checked in with each other. We also shared a few snippets of creative content and made more space for small group conversations. Group topics included:

  • Rooms vs Zooms. What does being a venue or festival mean right now? And what do we want it to mean in the future?
  • Lockdown creative processes. How to collaborate when we can’t be together?
  • Thinking about change? Space to share thoughts about taking new directions in work.
  • Who’s in the room? How can the North East’s arts sector be more inclusive - not less - coming out of this crisis?
  • And what about climate change?
  • General chit-chat - for those who just want to gossip over a drink! (Often the best conversations!)

Keep your eyes on #NECultureSocial on social media for updates and live sharing from the event. And if you missed the first #NECultureSocial and want to get a flavour of it, check out this round-up video below, BSL interpreted by Caroline Ryan.

All the best as ever!

Annie & Michael (Unfolding Theatre), Amy & Jen (Curious Monkey), Ellie (Open Clasp), Humira, Kate, Mark & Louie (Northern Stage), Graeme (Live Theatre), Phil (Curious Festival), Rob (Gosforth Civic Theatre) and Christine (balletLORENT)


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Watch the NE Culture Social round up


BSL interpreter: Caroline Ryan
#NECultureSocial will be BSL interpreted and captioned (pre-prepared speeches fully captioned, live group conversations key points summarised). 
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