The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth festival, formerly goNORTH, is Scotland's leading creative industries festival, with next year's edition taking place across the 3rd and 4th of July 2019. A hot-bed of creative activity, the conference and showcase takes place over two exciting and energising days and nights in the Highland capital. The only festival of its kind in Scotland covering crafts, fashion and textiles; writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; digital and technology and music, XpoNorth is a unique event in the UK's cultural calendar.
By day, XpoNorth hosts a packed programme of seminars and workshops featuring leading players from across the international creative industries. By night, the festival sets the city alight with creativity, from the event’s firmly established new music showcase soundtracking 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 and parties.
The magic of the festival is its unique atmosphere; the XpoNorth experience offers delegates across the creative spectrum an inspiring daytime schedule followed by the evening music and film mix, all set against a backdrop of the beautiful Highlands of Scotland in midsummer.
All elements of XpoNorth are completely free, with delegate registration and film and music submissions open from January 2019.
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 2018 at a Glance
The 2018 edition of XpoNorth attracted around 2,500 delegates across the programme, produced 34 cross-creative seminars featuring a host of leading international speakers, showcased over 80 acts across the city, produced a diverse film screening programme, dedicated craft exhibitions, a gaming and technology playground, a range of parties and receptions, trade areas for regional, national and international partners and various training initiatives.
XpoNorth is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).