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Theatres Trust announces Annual Conference in October 2017 exploring role theatres can play within placemaking

UK - Theatres Trust Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking will take place on Tuesday 17th October at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, discussing the role of theatres and wider cultural infrastructure within placemaking. The conference will examine and debate a number of issues around this vital topic, including the contribution theatre buildings can make towards the regeneration, economic growth, vibrancy and well-being of a community.

Jon Morgan, Director of Theatres Trust said: “Placemaking is a well-established concept and an important principle guiding the work across both city and town planning and increasingly within the culture sector. Conference 17 will look at how all the stakeholders including theatre operators, planners, developers, architects and local communities, can work together to embed the value of theatres in placemaking. We will explore how we can design and run our theatres as democratic, inclusive environments to foster a sense of ownership and civic pride. We will examine the role of local authorities in championing theatre buildings in their plans. And we will discuss ways to encourage and support local communities to value and protect their local theatre and to take an active role in cultural planning.”

The annual conference, now in its 11th year, attracts a high number of key decision makers and influencers and in a break from the usual format delegates will be able to participate in a range of plenary and break-out sessions whilst listening to inspiring case studies to inform their discussion and debates.

Jon Morgan continues: “Our Conference provides a useful platform to hear from voices across different sectors who might not necessarily engage with each other on a daily basis. We work with a diverse range of stakeholders throughout the year and we hope that the subject matter will encourage those with a shared interest in vibrant communities and a flourishing theatre sector to get involved."

Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking contributors confirmed to date include Richard Blyth head of policy, Royal Town Planning Institute, David Byrne artistic and executive director New Diorama Theatre, Damian Cruden artistic director, York Theatre Royal, Anna Devlet head of community British Land and Angus Morrogh-Ryan director De Matos Ryan Architects.

Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking is generously sponsored by a diverse group of organisations, consultancies and manufacturers including ABTT, Aedas Arts Team, Allies & Morrison, Audio Light Systems, BuroHappold, Charcoalblue, Chauvet Professional, EM Acoustics, ETC, GDS, GoboPlus, Harlequin Floors, Haworth Tompkins, Hawthorn, LSI Magazine, Lyric Hammersmith, New Stages Ltd, Northern Light, Page\Park, Philips Entertainment Lighting, Plann, Really Useful Theatres Group, Stage Electrics, Theatre Projects, Triple E and Unusual.

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6th July 2017

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