We are pleased to announce that Free Delegate Registration and Music and Film submissions are now open for XpoNorth 2019 by clicking here.

Taking place in Inverness across the 3rd and 4th of July, musicians and filmmakers are now invited to apply to showcase at Scotland’s leading creative industries conference and showcase festival. Free delegate registration is also now live and all processes can be accessed on our website.

This year’s edition will again attract a broad range of leading creative industry figures to the Highlands of Scotland and generate a great platform to connect the creative community with a host of leading national and international voices from across the global marketplace.

The submission window will close on Monday 8th April 2019 and all applications will be forwarded to a panel of industry professionals to establish the list of films and acts invited to showcase. A selection of the musicians invited to perform will also be put forward for consideration to play the XpoNorth Stage at the multi-award winning Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

Iain Hamilton, HIE’s Head of Creative Industries said:

Each year XpoNorth develops in scope and range and remains an important destination to showcase the most exciting new creative talent. We’re working hard to ensure that we continue to introduce innovative new elements to the festival, produce engaging and relevant content, attract the highest level of participants and generate an environment where creatives can meet, exchange ideas and grow their networks. It’s also important that the event acts as a platform to promote the Highlands and Islands as an incredibly diverse creative and cultural destination and surfaces opportunities to connect our community to leading national and international voices from across the industry.

'We’ll be making a series of announcements on speakers, themes and new additions to this year’s conference over the coming weeks and are looking forward ensuring this year’s edition is our most exciting, innovative and ambitious to date.’

XpoNorth Overview

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.

XpoNorth: Retrospective

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).


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