The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth festival, formerly goNORTH, is Scotland's leading creative industries festival, with next year's edition taking place across the 27th and 28th of June 2018. 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 creative industries. By night, it offers a beguiling blend of Highland hospitality in the form of relaxed networking events, a free music showcase in intimate venues across the city and a curated short film programme.
Part of 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 to attend, with delegate registration open from January 2018.
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) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).