Archives and preservation matters free online event is worth joining

During Explore Your Archive Week, on Wednesday 24 November, you’re invited to join the ABTT and the University of Bristol Theatre Archive as they host a discussion about how to care for Theatre and Live Art records, which will be useful for anyone with archival, library or record-keeping duties of any kind.

Paul Roberts, member of the ABTT’s Historical Research Committee and members of the University of Bristol Theatre Collection will all speak about how to look after your records.

Starting at 2.30pm, the free online event will cover how to preserve paper-based & audiovisual documentation as well as conversing about the Records at Risk project.

The main session will be followed by time for a Q&A session, and is scheduled to finish by 4.00pm

You can book your free place here

Weekly online catch up for creatives

Creatives, here’s a great opportunity to join Relish Theatre each Friday for industry chats, script support, fundraising guidance and much more at their online coffee mornings. Giving and receiving help and advice in a friendly and supportive environment sounds just what creatives need right now. And it’s all free!

Coffee and a Creative Catch-Up – what could be better? Get signed up!

Happening every Friday from 10am-11am, until 10th December.

You can find out more here

Breathtaking Atmospheric Theatres presentation from LAHTF is back – and bigger than ever!

Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona. Photo courtesy Historic Theatre Photography

Marcus Loew famously said, “patrons buy tickets to theatres, not movies,” and this may not hold more true than with atmospheric theatres.

This Saturday 13th November at 6pm UK time / 1pm US ET / 10am US PT, the brilliant folk at the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation invite you to join them as they explore the quaint villages, European cities, and fantasy lands within theatres of the 1920s and 30s.

This design style was renowned US architect John Eberson’s signature, creating an experience for Americans who may never travel beyond the United States. We are incredibly lucky that so many have survived and are thriving as entertainment venues today, continuing to transport patrons to another time and place.

The presentation will start in Los Angeles, travel across the US, and then explore theatres around the globe. Whether under a perfect summer blue sky or a twinkling starry night, your imagination is certain to run wild and deliver you to a far away locale.

An earlier version of this presentation was given in conjunction with the UK CTA in April 2021 and was their highest-ever attended online event with praise being lavished by audiences about the scope and quality of LAHTF Board Member Mike Hume’s presentation. Mike has expanded the presentation even further over the last months, adding a couple of continents, so that Saturday’s will be the biggest and widest-ranging atmospherics presentation ever seen!

In this time of restricted travel, what better tonic than to escape into the extraordinary world of atmospherics with our friends at LAHTF!

Tickets for this event are FREE for LAHTF Members & Volunteers – register at
Tickets are $10 for General Attendees – purchase at
🗓 Saturday, November 13
⏰ 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm UK
Email with any questions or to inquire about your membership status.

TheatreCraft 2021 is back – and it’s online!

TheatreCraft when it was in person. This year it’s online- so, even easier to get to!

On November 22nd, TheatreCraft opens its first virtual doors to those seeking a career in the offstage world of theatre.

Streamed live from the Royal Opera House and online via events platform Whovia, this promises to be the most accessible TheatreCraft yet. As well as being totally free!

The UK’s largest free theatre careers event for 16 to 30 year olds, TheatreCraft this year will feature:

Live Streamed Insider Panel Talks
Q&A sessions
Over 40 online workshops
Over 50 universities, theatres & other leading organisations at their virtual marketplace

Now its online, you don’t even have to travel, you can attend from the comfort of your own home!

Register to attend and find out more at their website here

Here’s your invitation to a fascinating week of creative conversations in November

The Achates Philanthropy Foundation contributes to the vibrancy of the cultural ecosystem through its sponsorship of initiatives and events, including the annual Achates Philanthropy Foundation Prize.

In November, Achates presents a free nightly symposium over five days from November 15th which looks well worth catching, especially as it is a free event, although registration is required. Take a look at the details of the sessions below.

The 2021 Achates Philanthropy Foundation Symposium

Join them for a series of nightly conversations with creatives and thought leaders challenging the cultural sector to think differently.

Across the week, they will ask UK and international guest speakers to reflect on urgent issues – from the cultural implications of addressing climate change, to the myth of social mobility in the creative industries. These events will explore our renewed understanding of the role of art in society and offer a space for discussion about the nature of change and how it can come about.

This artist-led programme of events is curated by the writer and theatre director, Javaad Alipoor (The Believers Are But Brothers, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran).

Bringing together leaders from across the arts, these provocative discussions are for anyone who wants to be part of bringing about real change.

All events are free and online, but booking is required.

All events will be captioned by

Book here (or below) for your place at any of their five free events:

Climate Economics – Monday 15 November, 7pm
The Social Mobility Myth – Tuesday 16 November, 7pm
All that’s been revealed… – Wednesday 17 November,  7PM
The Hidden Artist – Thursday 18 November, 7pm
The Lives of Artists – Friday 19 November, 7pm

Climate Economics – Monday 15 November, 7pm

Book your ticket here 

As the Global North finally wakes up to the reality of climate change, it is now seeking to alter the way in which art is curated and consumed worldwide, through initiatives such as reducing international travel and promoting digital engagement. But this sets a challenge for artists in the Global South many of whom seek opportunities in the Global North to raise the perceived and economic value of their work. Where do climate and social justice meet in the arts?

Chair: Imran Khan is a scientist, writer and grantmaker.


Shoshana Polanco is a creative producer. Based in Buenos Aires, her area of expertise is international collaboration with a focus in Latin America.
Fehinti Balogun is an actor and writer. He conceived, wrote and performed in Can I Live?, a brand new digital performance about the climate catastrophe from Complicité. TV and film credits include I May Destroy You and Dune.
Róise Goan is the Artistic Director of Artsadmin.

The Social Mobility Myth – Tuesday 16 November, 7pm

Book your ticket here

The arts have been one of the vehicles by which the myth of social mobility has been promoted, yet the cultural ecosystem remains a mirror of society with roles largely dictated by socio-economic background. Can the arts become a beacon of change?

Chair: Syima Aslam is the founder and Director of the Bradford Literature Festival.


Dr Dave O’Brien is Chancellor’s Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries based in The University of Edinburgh’s School of History of Art, and co-author of the book, Culture is bad for you: inequality in the cultural and creative industries.
Dr Mariam Rezaei is an award winning composer, turntablist and performer. She is Artistic Director of TOPH, a producing mixed arts space in Newcastle.
Abdul Shayek is Artistic Director and joint CEO of Tara Theatre.

Keynote Lecture: All that’s been revealed… – Wednesday 17 November,  7pm

Book your ticket here

The pandemic represents a period in which our world views have undergone seismic shifts with social and environmental justice movements finding renewed momentum. However, as the old methodologies of liberalism have failed to achieve these goals, both left and right have moved to more strident and authoritarian positions which form the basis of the so-called ‘ culture wars’.

As curator and guest artist for the inaugural Achates Philanthropy Foundation Symposium, Javaad Alipoor will give the Keynote Lecture, All that’s been revealed…, exploring the role of art in achieving justice with understanding.

Chair: Claire Armitstead is associate editor, culture, for the Guardian. She presents the weekly Guardian books podcast and is a regular commentator on radio, and at live events across the UK and internationally.

Keynote speaker: Javaad Alipoor is a British-Iranian, Manchester-based and Bradford-built artist, writer and founding Artistic Director of The Javaad Alipoor Company. The Javaad Alipoor Company takes stories beyond the stage through powerful multi-platform creations that explore the intersection of politics and technology in the contemporary world. Javaad was Resident Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres (2017-18), Associate Director at Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill (2015-2017) and is an alumni of Arts Council England’s Change Makers programme. Javaad’s plays include The Believers Are But Brothers, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran (both published by Oberon) and Made of Mannheim, and his writing on international politics, cultural policy and art has been featured in The Guardian, The Independent and The Stage.


The Hidden Artist – Thursday 18 November, 7pm

Book your ticket here

Whilst the arts have become much better at articulating the case for the economic and social value of art, as well as its benefits for wellbeing, the space for talking about art itself and its intrinsic value seems to have shrunk.  How can we move beyond a zero-sum approach to these ideas?

Chair: Javaad Alipoor is a British-Iranian, Manchester-based and Bradford-built artist, writer and founding Artistic Director of The Javaad Alipoor Company.


Andrew Barnett OBE is Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a writer, editor, socio-cultural commentator, broadcaster and recipient of Ghana’s national ACRAG award for poetry and literary advocacy.
Henna Zamurd-Butt is a London based researcher, inclusion practitioner and event producer.

The Lives of Artists – Friday 19 November, 7pm

Book your ticket here

The pandemic has brutally revealed how we undervalue freelancers and, in particular, those working in front of house and technical roles. How do we create an arts infrastructure in which artists aren’t valued at the expense of their co-creators at a time when it has become clear that the mixed economy we have relied on for so many years is now failing?

Chair: Javaad Alipoor is a British-Iranian, Manchester-based and Bradford-built artist, writer and founding Artistic Director of The Javaad Alipoor Company.


Andrew Glassford is a Manchester-based freelance theatre technician and production manager who set up a project to make homes more eco-friendly after losing his job in the arts industry during the pandemic.
Darren Pritchard is a performer, choreographer, teacher, producer and director. He’s a celebrated Vogue performer and the Mother of the House of Ghetto in Manchester.
Kully Thiarai is Creative Director and CEO of Leeds 2023, and the former Artistic Director and Chief Executive of National Theatre Wales.

All that’s been revealed…in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, Beatfreeks, The National Centre for Writing, The People’s Orchestra, Theatre503, Union Chapel, Manchester International Festival, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

All events in the Achates Philanthropy Foundation Symposium are available free of charge online both live and on-demand post-Symposium.