How can we do more to promote York’s live arts?

27 Jan 2015 @ 10.05 am
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The Dancing Glitter Man makes his presence felt at the SLAP intervention. Photograph: SLAP on Facebook

SLAPchat is at The Distance, 52 Skeldergate, York YO1 6DS

Wed Jan 28 @ 6pm-9.30pm


Facebook event page; Eventbrite booking page

Artists and creative types are getting together to talk about how to improve live arts in York – and anyone who’s interested is invited along.

SLAPchat takes place on Wednesday evening (January 28) and is a free forum to discuss the state of York’s creative industries.

Among its open discussions are…

the state of York’s creative scene
ways in which arts organisations and media can further promote local talent, and
how we can do more to sell York as a cultural hub to a regional, national and international audience.

Or, as the organisers put it:

What are we getting absolutely right, what’s happening under the radar, what could we be doing better and how can we do more to promote this city and its kaleidoscopic cohort of brilliant native creative people?

Who’s going

SLAPchat will feature talks from a number of individuals with an involvement in live arts and the creative industries in York, including representatives from documentary and dance film production company alterNative Pictures, trans-Atlantic music industry start-up Ishikawa Records, and our good selves at YorkMix.

There will be live performances and the SLAP team will draw on their own experience to support the debate.

We hope that the event will provide creative people from York and the surrounding areas with an opportunity to meet and discuss pressing issues within the current artistic scene, and to offer advice to those freshly embarking upon or considering a career in the arts.

– SLAP co-founder Lydia Cottrell

We’re not here to create a manifesto, a clique or even a network. This is about freely exchanging ideas in the hope that we can learn something valuable to the future of our own endeavours and to the culture of York as a whole. And let’s have a drink or two while we’re at it.

– SLAP marketing manager Pete Wise