NOW Festival 7th June 2018

NOW Dance Platform 2018

Hosted by the University of Chester Performing Arts Department, NOW Dance Platform is a celebration of Dance in Cheshire and the Creative Case for Diversity bringing together dancers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, both community and professional, to perform and share their passion for the art form.

NOW Dance is about bringing people together, celebrating the potential and commitment to dance in Cheshire, and providing opportunities for much needed debate and conversation.   NOW Dance is delivered in partnership between Cheshire Dance and the University of Chester and supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Arts Council England. 

To view pictures from last years workshop go here and platform go here


Afternoon Workshop - Funding and Producing Dance Workshops

1. NOW:Funding Dance – 1.30-3.30pm

ACE National Lottery Project Grants

A session led by Desi Cherrington (Arts Council Relationship Manager for Dance – North).

Desi will provide an overview of the new ‘National Lottery Project Grants’ – which have replaced Grants for the Arts - as well as giving information about the new ‘Developing your Creative Practice’ fund which is to allow creative practitioners the time and space to undertake ambitious research and development, helping to make a step-change in their practice.
There will be time for questions and limited opportunities to book a slot to discuss your specific project.
Before attending please read the new Project Grants and Developing your Creative Practice guidelines.

2. NOW: Producing Dance 3:30-6pm

A session for Independent Dance Artists and Producers exploring how we can grow our practice through producer/artist relationships

• A ‘window’ into best practice – hear from some successful existing dance producing partnerships in the NW and have opportunities to question and discuss

• Explore what effective producing relationships do and could look like and dispel some common myths

• For Artists - how can working together with a producer drive forwards your practice?

• For Producers - how can you create strong and lasting developmental relationships with dance artists?

Opportunities to articulate and share your own work, to meet, connect, and explore together
This is the first in a series of sessions aimed at exploring how we can grow and develop our work.
Facilitated by Independent Arts Consultant Sri Sarker:
Sri worked at Arts Council England as Relationship Manager Dance in the London Region for 8 years with a specialism in developing culturally diverse dance and youth dance practice. Sri also has extensive experience as a freelance organisation development consultant supporting artists and organisations to plan and deliver their work more effectively. She promotes a can do attitude with the artists and organisations she works with and has kills in partnership building, business development, strategic planning, project inception and delivery and artist support.

Evening Performance

Join us at 6.45 for pre-show drinks.

Platform 7.00 - 8.45pm

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