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Welcome!

Welcome to the first edition of my newsletter.  I know.  We all have plenty of email and I for one don't want to clog up your in-box with something that will not be useful, or beautiful.  Or both.

But stick with me on this: in April 2018 I started my consultancy business and since then I've worked with a number of passionate, talented and creative people who do wonderful stuff in the world. And I want to share some of that stuff with you.   As a way of regularly, genuinely, "Bringing Strategy to Life" like it says on my logo!

This edition - it's “Life”:  interesting things that I am hosting or presenting, or must-see events produced by a range of my clients.  Think of me as a trusted advisor for your free time.  I'll only recommend something that's worth your precious time and attention.
 
Next edition it’s “Strategy”:  this will feature articles I’ve written, inspiring stuff to read, watch or listen to.  I’ll write about whatever’s taxing my brain right now (but its often about leadership, diversity, talent development, building relationships, governance and business growth).  Again it's curated by me and sent to you with the fond hope that you'll love it and more importantly, use it.  Or at the very least save it for later!
 
So this month you can attend Hello Culture where we’re Telling Tales, watch a brand-new kids’ show about water, marvel at the wonders of Imagineer’s Bridge Project or sample the many and varied delights of the Fierce Festival.   What are you waiting for? 

Get out!

Tuesday 23rd September
Hello Culture Remix - Telling Tales

I have hosted almost every Hello Culture since its beginnings in 2009 as Hello Digital.  More recently curator and producer Lara Ratnaraja has worked in collaboration with the BBC to deliver a Hello Culture event as part of Digital Cities week.  This time it's Hello Culture - Telling Tales.

Telling tales has never been so exciting, as immersive technologies augment traditional forms of content, as well as creating new ones. This event will explore the new ways we can create cultural spaces for audiences to experience art, theatre, music, film and more. Discover innovative ways for the audience to see themselves reflected, using multiple platforms, diverse artistic practices and narrative perspectives.

Read more about Hello Culture Remix and book your tickets  HERE

Friday 27th & Saturday 28th September
Imagineer’s Bridge Project

The Bridge project was funded as an Extraordinary Award from ACE and developed in partnership with the engineers Ove Arup.  As part of that programme they took on a number of trainee producers from diverse backgrounds to work with communities and respond to the installation of their poignant set - the broken bridge. As part of this ambitious work Imagineer commissioned Lara Ratnaraja and I to deliver a short developmental programme for the producers over the course of the project. 
Now the wait is nearly over and the bridge is on it's way.   Visit the Bridge by day and enjoy a series of free events and experiences.   The evening performance in Broadgate, Coventry offers gravity-defying circus acrobatics, dance, comedy, theatre and live music, inspired by local people’s stories and creates a thrilling and moving montage of the courage, compassion and humour needed to bridge a divide. Plan your visit HERE

 

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September

The Bone Ensemble performs “Gulp” at mac

The Bone Ensemble recently hired me to carry out some organisational development work as part of their ACE funded development period.  I will be facilitating a board away day, amongst other things, and working with them to move towards more long term planning cycles and a longer term vision. Their organisational development grant also supported the creation of this new touring show.  Gulp! is an interactive family adventure story about water.  It's coming soon to mac in Birmingham as part of an extensive tour. Plan your water adventure for people aged 7 and over HERE

Friday 18th October
 
Fierce Talks – Professionals Day

As part of their ACE catalyst funding I've been working with the Fierce Festival team to re articulate their vision and mission and help them build relationships with the wider Birmingham business community. 
There's loads to see and do in the upcoming festival and a notable emphasis on international work in but in particular check out the talk with founder Mark Ball and the new Artistic Director Aaron Wright their conversation will reflect on the shifting landscape of Live Art, and issues of longevity, institutionalisation and staying radical - an historic conversation for Fierce's 21st year... more HERE

 

Other places I've been this month....

To the Royal Docks in London for the launch of Ship of Tolerance – part of the Totally Thames Festival where I’m on the board where I have been desperately trying to get people to call it Sep-Thames-ber!  (Geddit?)
 
A spine-tingling performance of West Side Story– Birmingham Hippodrome’s first own production performed by a shockingly talented youth company – what chops, sheesh!
 
Finishing up as Interim Executive at Beatfreeks – we’ll be featuring the launch of the essential Brum Youth Trends in next month’s newsletter.
 
Meeting Cassie Chadderton before she leaves for International World Book Day.  We were discussing the upcoming UK Theatre Business Resilience Conference where I will be hosting – again more next month.

I hope you have enjoyed the first edition.  There will be more - "Staying in" - at the end of this month. Let me know your feed back and please do forward this e-mail to a friend or colleague who may find it of interest - or better still ask them to sign up by sending them to this link!

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