Catalyst Conference Returns in 2022 Featuring High Profile Panel of Experts

Arts led production agency, Curated Place, announces the return of the Catalyst Conference on Friday 11th February 2022 to investigate the role that culture plays in recovery and renewal.

In Scotland’s Year of Stories, #CultureisNotaLuxury examines how the language of culture is used outside of the arts and culture sector and how those within the sector can better influence people’s values and understanding. By taking on board  the impact that culture has on wider society including the economy and the health of our workforces, and by engaging key people through the key language, organisers believe this can be achieved..

Featuring a panel of expert speakers from the arts, education, heritage, tourism and business sectors, the Catalyst Conference interrogates the role of culture in the wake of the pandemic, asking who speaks for change and how the sector goes about delivering it. #CultureisNotaLuxury brings together arts and activism with those that hold the levers of power and seeks to create new partnerships across heritage, arts, public space, and education.

This year’s expert panel includes  internationally renowned musician Dame Evelyn Glennie; architect, TV host and producer/director Danny Forster and founder and executive director of ground-breaking charity Intercultural Youth Scotland (IYS) Khaleda Noon. Along with these luminaries will be Spectra artists and other leaders in culture, creativity, health, education, place and community from across Scotland and internationally.

More info at: https://www.spectrafestival.co.uk/conference

Dame Evelyn Glennie said “I feel very honoured to have been asked to speak at the Catalyst Conference, an event that has such a firm focus and belief in the power culture has to bring about positive change, not least as we continue to exist in the wake of the pandemic.

“This online conference is a chance for those in the know, and those with the power, to get together and talk about real life solutions to a whole range of issues that continue to exist not only in Scotland’s North East, but across the country and indeed the world. I am very much looking forward to some engaged and inspiring conversations.”

Early bird tickets for the digital event are now on sale on a pay-what-you-can basis. The event is supported by Creative Scotland

Irene Brown

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