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Creative Conversations are intimate forums for debate, discussion and informal networking for more established performing arts practitioners.

Creative Conversations are delivered in partnership with  organisations across the North West, with the location alternating monthly between Manchester and venues in Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria.

During 2008 PANDA piloted a programme of monthly brunch events for a selected audience of established performing arts practitioners from the region. The content and structure of the events was driven by the participants themselves in order to meet their needs. This successful pilot programme was been developed into the Creative Conversations series, which rolled out as a new PANDA service in 2009.

"Loved the informality and smallish groups, allowed for dialogue and lots of opportunities for questions." Pilot programme participant

Creative Conversations events are exclusive limited-capacity forums for debate and discussion amongst peers and invited VIP guests. Each session includes a presentation from a high-level industry figure which ignites a creative conversation around a specific topic. Refreshments are provided and there is plenty of opportunity for informal networking.

In addition to the Creative Conversations events PANDA also run Spotlight On events which give an introduction to a current topic relevant to the performing arts. PANDA members can also access further training and professional development opportunities as part of our package of development services.

Members, partners and others can commission a bespoke Creative Conversations event to meet their individual needs. To discuss your requirements contact Anne-Marie Crowther, PANDA Director, on 0161 274 0629 or email anne-marie@panda-arts.org.uk