SLAPchat brings York’s creative industries together

SLAPchat is a forum for York's creative industries.

SLAPchat is a forum for York’s creative industries.

Creative industries and live arts professionals in York will be coming together to discuss ideas at SLAPchat.

This creative forum event involves open discussions focussed on York’s creative scene, ways that arts organisations and the media can be used to promote local talent further and what more can be done to sell York as a cultural hub both nationally and worldwide.

The event is hosted by live arts organisation SLAP and is supported by Arts Council England, O2 Think Big and The Distance and will feature talks from a number of individuals who are involved in live arts and York’s creative industries.

Speaking about the idea behind SLAPchat, SLAP marketing manager Pete Wise said: “One of our key objectives is to open up the arts to as many people in York as possible, whether that’s in terms of creating opportunities for people to attend cheaply priced or free events, or in terms of helping to open up career opportunities for creative people. The idea behind SLAPchat stems from this basic objective; the more dialogue we can stimulate between people involved in the creative industries in York, the more thought those individuals will put into how we can better promote the city and its local talent. Or so we hope.”

Creative representatives

There will be representatives leading talks from a range of organisations such as documentary and dance film production company alterNative Pictures, independent record label Ishikawa Records and The Distance.

Pete said that all involved have been “wonderfully forthcoming in their support of the event.”

He added: “If you’re going to ask someone from any line of work to talk about what they do in front of a room full of people, we can’t help but suspect, as representatives of this particular sphere ourselves, that the creative and live arts industries would be a good place to start.”

SLAP’s team will be supporting debates by talking about their own experiences within the creative industries, from when it was an emerging organisation to what it has seen as it has grown professionally.

Attendees, which could be anyone from an established professional to a newcomer, will have the chance to meet and take part in open discussions.

SLAPchat will be coming to The Distance on Skeldergate on January 28th. Tickets are free but they must be booked ahead of the night through Eventbrite.

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