XpoNorth - Scotland's leading creative industies festival 

XpoNorth is Scotland’s leading Creative Industries festival, with this year's edition taking place across the 27th and 28th of June in Inverness. If you work or want to work in the Creative Industries, XpoNorth is the place to be, with almost 2,500 delegates attending from around the world, it's an opportunity to meet leading international industry figures and buyers- as well as a wide range of businesses from across Scotland and further afield.

A hot-bed of creative activity, the conference and showcase takes place over two exciting and energising days and nights in the Highland capital. The only festival of its kind in Scotland covering crafts, fashion and textiles; writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; digital and technology and music, XpoNorth is a unique event in the UK's cultural calendar.

By day, XpoNorth hosts a packed programme of seminars and workshops featuring leading players from across the creative industries. By night, the festival sets the city alight with creativity, from the event’s firmly established new music showcase soundtracking 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 and parties.

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 mix, all set against a backdrop of the beautiful Highlands of Scotland in midsummer.
XpoNorth is also a creative industries network that provides business support and help on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise year round. 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.

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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