Scotland's leading creative industries conference

The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth offers delegates access to an exceptional creative programme.

The conference and showcase take place over two vibrant days and nights in the Highland capital. The only festival of its kind in Scotland covering craft, fashion and textiles; writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; digital and technology and music, XpoNorth is a unique event in the UK's creative calendar. All elements of XpoNorth are completely free.

Wednesday 3 – Thursday 4 July 2019
Eden Court, Inverness

By day, XpoNorth hosts a packed programme of seminars and workshops featuring leading local, national and international professionals from across the creative sector. By night, the festival sets the city alight with creativity – from the event’s firmly established new music showcase sound tracking a host of city centre venues with over 60 of the hottest new acts around, to a specially curated short film programme and a range of relaxed networking events.

The work of XpoNorth in developing creative talent throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland continues throughout the year, with a range of free sector support programmes open to regionally
based businesses.

XpoNorth is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), City-Region Deal (Cumhnant Baile-Roinne) and The Northern Innovation Hub and delivered by Ironworks Venue.


2018 Edition Highlights

Delegates across the creative sector
Seminars featuring a host of leading local, national and international speakers
Music acts showcased across the city

Additionally, the festival produced a diverse film screening programme whilst presenting dedicated craft exhibitions, a gaming and technology playground, trade areas for regional, national and international partners as well as a range of receptions and networking opportunities.

2019 speakers include:

  • Jessica Fox

    Director and Author, Film Sector Specialist, XpoNorth
  • Dr. Ed Hoffman

    Former Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA
  • Jay O'Callaghan

  • Dougal Perman

  • Teriy Keys

    Musician and Creative Consultant
  • Michele Wernick

    Owner, MW Music & Wine Marketing
  • Joe McAlinden

    Owner, Single Track HQ
  • Be Charlotte



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