The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth festival, formerly goNORTH, is Scotland's leading creative industries festival. A hot-bed of creative activity, XpoNorth takes place over two exciting and energising days and nights in the Highland capital of Inverness. The only festival of its kind in Scotland covering crafts, fashion and textiles; writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; and music. XpoNorth is a unique event in the UK's cultural calendar.
In 2016, XpoNorth will be held in venues across the city of Inverness, on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June. By day, XpoNorth hosts a packed programme of more than 25 panels and workshops featuring leading industry players in the fields of crafts, publishing, screen, music and more. By night, it offers a beguiling blend of Highland hospitality in the form of relaxed networking events, coupled with a free music showcase in intimate venues and a curated short film programme. All of this is free to access.
Part of the magic of XpoNorth 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.
The work of XpoNorth in developing creative talent throughout the Highlands and islands of Scotland continues throughout the year. XpoNorth is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and its director is former BBC drama producer, Amanda Millen.
XpoNorth covers the following creative genres:
Managed by Pamela Conacher and supported by Emergents, the network which co-ordinates HIE industry network for craft, fashion and textiles.
XpoNorth Screen and Broadcasting
Under the leadership of Amanda Millen (also director of XpoNorth), ScreenHI has been nurturing and developing HIE’s Screen and Broadcast Industry Network for the last four years. ScreenHI provides an unrivalled rolling programme of work experiences, job opportunities and industry networking to businesses across the Highlands and Islands.
Managed by former goNORTH Festival music producer, Alex Smith, with Ironworks Group directors and Caroline Campbell. It has been established as the new Music Industry Network for the Highlands and Islands and is delivered by Ironworks Group. Last year's festival showcase schedule in Inverness included much-lauded emerging artists such as Neon Waltz, Baby Strange, Ella The Bird, Hector Bizerk and Broken Records.
XpoNorth Writing and Publishing
Managed by Peter Urpeth and supported by Emergents, the network which co-ordinates HIE industry network for craft, fashion and textiles.
Managed by Kate Hooper and hosted by the Creative Futures Partnership, a collaboration with Glasgow School of Art (GSA), Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Institute of Design (IndDE), including the development of The Design Network to support a flourishing design community in the Highlands and Islands.