This session is presented as part of the Creative Digital Initiative, supporting digital change in Scotland's creative and cultural businesses by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Thursday 17 June

10am - 11am

Digital Shared Experience

How do we move beyond Zoom, YouTube and Facebook Live to truly engage, educate and entertain audiences through the digitisation of live events and cultural projects? Exploring live, and “as live” streams, interactive experiences, use of experiential platforms like Bramble and Gather (which combine retro computer game elements of Second Life, Habbo Hotel and Minecraft with video conferencing) and novel innovations around the use of audio and video interaction such as Clubhouse, the session discusses how we can evolve the online experience rather than just utilising technologies that existed before the pandemic.


Lisa Schwartz

Sarah Ellis

Tony Currie


Dougal Perman


    Dougal Perman
    Owner, Inner Ear / XpoNorth Digital Sector Specialist

    Dougal is a producer, director and consultant. His content company Inner Ear specialises in live programme making (including live streaming of cultural events and activities), feature and documentary production (podcasts, web video and some TV commissions) and creative industry consultancy. He is also chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association in which he helps shape vision and drive strategy. He is a member of the Scottish Government’s Creative Industries Leadership Group and co-chairs a working group exploring how to increase creative industries resilience. Dougal is an XpoNorth sector specialist for digital media content with a particular interest in remote participation. In and out of work he loves listening to and making music, storytelling and media production.


    Lisa Schwartz
    Festival & Programming Director, Philadelphia Folk Festival

    Lisa is the Festival and Programming Director for the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and works to create extraordinary musical experiences for both the audience and the artist. Presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, a non-profit arts organization, PFF is the oldest continuously-run music festival in North America, the first to develop a custom, digital site to present its 59th annual event, and the first US festival to take the Keychange Pledge for gender parity both on and behind the stage.

    With great love for nonprofit service, Lisa is on the Board of FAI, and uses her strategic marketing and branding skills to consult with artists around the globe.

    Sarah Ellis
    Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company

    Sarah Ellis is an award-winning producer currently working as Director of
    Digital Development for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The latest
    partnership for the RSC is the Audience of the Future Live Performance
    Demonstrator 'Dream' funded by UKRI.

    Sarah is a fellow of the University of Worcester for her work in arts and
    technology, and has been awarded The Hospital Club & Creatives Industries
    award for cross industry collaboration for her work on the RSC's The Tempest
    (with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios.) In 2013 she was listed in the 100
    most influential people working in Gaming and Technology by The Hospital
    Club and Guardian Culture.

    She is an Industry Champion for the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence
    Centre, which helps inform academic research on the creative industries. She
    has been appointed Chair of digital agency, The Space, established by Arts
    Council England and the BBC.

    Tony Currie
    Digital Producer, Scottish Ballet

    Tony Currie started his career as a professional dancer in Australia before working in digital marketing at West Australian Ballet. He is now Scottish Ballet’s Senior Producer where he leads on content creation and capture, strategy, and distribution.


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