XpoNorth - Scotland's leading creative industies festival 

XpoNorth is Scotland’s leading Creative Industries festival, with this year's edition taking place from Wednesday 3 – Thursday 4 July 2019. With over 2,000 delegates attending from around the world, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet leading industry figures - as well as a wide range of businesses from across Scotland.

The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth is Scotland’s leading creative industries festival and offers delegates access to an exceptional creative programme. Formerly goNORTH, the conference and showcase take place over two vibrant days and nights in the Highland capital. The only festival of its kind in Scotland covering craft, fashion and textiles; writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; digital and technology and music, XpoNorth is a unique event in the UK's creative calendar.
Registration for the event is now open. It is completely free to attend, and delegates can take full advantage of the programme of seminars, workshops and music and film showcases. To register as a delegate, please visit here.

Musicians and filmmakers are now invited to apply to showcase their work. XpoNorth offers a fantastic platform to connect the most exciting new creative talent with key global leaders from across the national and international marketplace. As always, music and film submissions are free, and the deadline is Monday 8 April 2019. Please visit the XpoNorth website for more information on submissions and how to apply.

By day, XpoNorth hosts a packed programme of seminars and workshops featuring leading local, national and international professionals from across the creative sector. By night, the festival sets the city alight with creativity - from the event’s firmly established new music showcase sound tracking a host of city centre venues with over 60 of the hottest new acts around, to a specially curated short film programme and a range of relaxed networking events.

The magic of the festival is its unique atmosphere; the XpoNorth experience offers delegates across the creative spectrum an inspiring daytime schedule followed by the evening music and film showcase, all set against a backdrop of the beautiful Highlands of Scotland in midsummer. 

XpoNorth is also a creative industries network that provides year-round business support and help on behalf of HIE. This network approach supports creatives based across the Highlands and Islands to achieve their goals in the fields of screen, broadcast, gaming, writing, publishing, design, craft, fashion, textiles and music.

Find out more about how the network can help you and what XpoNorth has to offer here.

XpoNorth is funded by HIE, City-Region Deal (Cumhnant Baile-Roinne) and The Northern Innovation Hub and delivered by Ironworks Venue.

XpoNorth: Retrospective

The 2018 edition of XpoNorth attracted over 2,000 delegates across the creative sector and produced 34 seminars featuring a host of leading local, national and international speakers. Additionally, the festival showcased over 60 music acts across the city, produced a diverse film screening programme whilst presenting dedicated craft exhibitions, a gaming and technology playground, trade areas for regional, national and international partners as well as a range of receptions and networking opportunities.

Previous speakers that have joined XpoNorth include: Aton Ben-Horin (Global VP A&R, Warner Music Group); Micheal Flaherty (Founder, Walden Media); Sara Kozak (SVP, Discovery); Thaddeus Rudd (Co-President, Mom+Pop Music); Margaret Mary Murray (Head of Gaelic Digital Service, BBC Scotland); Alicen Schneider (SVP, Music Creative, NBC Entertainment); Michael Rueger (Head of Content Lab, Ravensburger); Olivia Hetreed (Screenwriter, Partner in Sympathetic Ink Ltd & President, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain); Audhild Ahlstrøm (Director, Arctica Svalbard); Jaki Love (Director, Textiles Scotland) and Josh Rabinowitz (SVP, Grey Group).

Meet the Team

Alex Smith: Music
Alex is the former Music Producer for XpoNorth (previously goNORTH); the conference has attracted some of the most influential industry representatives, produced cooperations with a cross-reach of national and international industry associations and organisations and showcased some of the most exciting acts to have emerged from the Scottish scene in recent years. He also project managed XpoNorth Music, a dynamic support structure for music businesses based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Along with the project’s business development remit, XpoNorth Music also produced stages at a host of Scottish festivals and developed export opportunities at a broad range of leading global trade events. He is also a board member of The Scottish Music Industry Association and part of the team at Inverness’s music and events venue, Ironworks.

Pamela Conacher: Fashion/ Crafts and Textiles
Pamela has over 30 years experience supporting the development of creative careers throughout the Highlands and Islands and beyond. Across her previous posts with Hi~Arts and as Director of Emergents, she has worked with a wide range of organisations, businesses and individuals. Her skills and knowledge nurture creative talent and businesses through general and specific support, mentoring, training, specialist advice, networking, project development and consultancy. She is passionate about developing creative talent and believes in the sustainability of rural communities through a strong and professional creative economy.


Kate Hooper: Screen and Broadcast
Former Senior Producer, Kate worked for the BBC for over a decade producing a wealth of high quality programmes and content. She has worked extensively across broadcast, online and print. Kate has been involved in the production of XpoNorth for a number of years and lives and works in in the Highlands where she grew-up.





Peter Urpeth: Writing and Publishing
Peter has developed and delivered writing and talent development programmes in the creative industries for the last 15 years, with a background in journalism, newspapers, magazines, cross-media projects and fiction. He is a former newspaper Editor and Founding Editor and is the co-founder and Director of Emergents Creatives. Peter has extensive experience nurturing creative enterprise and talent across the Highlands and Islands and is also a talented musician working in radical and alternative genres of music.

XpoNorth, is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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