XpoNorth is Scotland’s leading Creative Industries festival and provides year-round support for creative businesses in our region.

XpoNorth - the festival

Please note that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, XpoNorth 2020 has been cancelled. 

With over 2,000 delegates attending from around the world, XpoNorth is 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. 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.

What to expect?

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; events are all set against a backdrop of the beautiful Highlands of Scotland in midsummer. 

XpoNorth is funded by HIE, Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal and the Northern Innovation Hub and delivered by Ironworks Venue.


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For me, the beauty in XpoNorth lies in how it can link across creative sectors and introduce talents and buyers who might never otherwise have engaged.
Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries, HIE

Creative Industries Network

XpoNorth is also a creative industries network that provides year-round business support and help on our behalf. This network supports creative businesses 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

XpoNorth Digital

XpoNorth Digital is a dynamic new programme which offers clients specialist advice on how to progress the digital and technology elements of their business.

XpoNorth Digital

More information

Learn more about Scotland's leading creative industries programme.

Visit the XpoNorth website