Last week Gemma Nash (NW regional programme manager) and I attended the Decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester http://www.decibelpas.com/. The week started with Arts Council England’s symposium entitled ‘The Creative Case’, which sought to outline an inclusive definition of diversity and examine contemporary models of best practice in equality and how diversity has led to cultural innovation. The conference was really well attended there were some interesting points made, particularly about what measures of success would look like going forwards and a desire that this was not yet another talking shop around diversity. Further information on the symposium can be found herehttp://www.artscouncil.org.uk/about-us/conferences-training/creative-case-symposium/.
We made a lot of interesting contacts during the Decibel Showcase and through our Marketplace stall on the Thursday morning. We’ll be following these up over the next few weeks and will keep you posted on our progress.