What is the role of Arts and Culture in a 21st century city?

Salisbury 2020 Big Weekend A Festival of Ideas: What Next for the City?
29 May 2020 A live panel discussion via Zoom


Friday 29 May at 5.30pm–6.30pm
A FREE live panel discussion via Zoom


100 years ago, the average UK citizen consumed less than 3 hours of story per week, mostly in a communal setting. Today the same citizen consumes more than 40 hours of story but gets the majority via screen, often on their own. Artistic leaders from across the country debate the place of art and culture in the future. Panellists include Sir Nicholas Serota (Chair of Arts Council England and Director Tate 1988–2017), Helen Birchenough (Chair Arts Council England South West, former chair Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury Festival, Deputy Lieutenant Wiltshire), and John McGrath (Artistic Director Manchester International Festival, Founding Director National Theatre Wales). This panel discussion will be chaired by the Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative, Gareth Machin

Wiltshire Creative Young Ambassador Anabella, who has just finished Sixth Form College in Trowbridge and who is applying for drama school, will complete the panel. 

This is a FREE live online panel discussion held on Zoom. Spaces are limited so secure your place


How to Book

Places are free for this live event, but must be booked in advance at least 90 minutes before the start time by emailing support@wiltshirecreative.co.uk If we still have space you will then be sent a confirmation email with details of your Zoom link. 

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Booking Details

This is a FREE live online panel discussion held on Zoom. Spaces are limited so secure your place.

We aim to make our events and activities as accessible as possible. If you have any specific access requirements to help you get the most from this event please email ticketsales@wiltshirecreative.co.uk