The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth, formerly goNORTH, is Scotland’s leading creative industries festival and 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.
This year’s edition takes place from Wednesday 3 – Thursday 4 July 2019 at Eden Court. All elements of XpoNorth are completely free, with delegate registration and film and music submissions open from January 2019.
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.
The 2018 edition of XpoNorth attracted over 2,000 delegates across the creative sector and produced 34 seminars featuring a host of leading local, national and international speakers. Additionally, the festival showcased over 60 music acts across the city, 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.
Previous speakers that have joined XpoNorth include: Aton Ben-Horin (Global VP A&R, Warner Music Group); Micheal Flaherty (Founder, Walden Media); Sara Kozak (SVP, Discovery); Thaddeus Rudd (Co-President, Mom+Pop Music); Margaret Mary Murray (Head of Gaelic Digital Service, BBC Scotland), Alicen Schneider (SVP, Music Creative, NBC Entertainment), Michael Rueger (Head of Content Lab, Ravensburger); Olivia Hetreed (Screenwriter, Partner in Sympathetic Ink Ltd & President, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain), Audhild Ahlstrøm (Director, Arctica Svalbard), Jaki Love (Director, Textiles Scotland) and Josh Rabinowitz (SVP, Grey Group).