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XpoNorth 2015 Festival Programme Highlights Announced

A two-day festival devoted to boosting creative careers in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond has announced highlights of its most comprehensive programme to date.

Creative whirlwind set to blow into Inverness

A two-day festival devoted to boosting creative careers in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond has announced highlights of its most comprehensive programme to date. XpoNorth (formerly goNORTH) takes place next month on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th June at venues across Inverness. It is open to anyone wishing to forge a career in the creative industries and offers an insider’s guide to getting ahead in crafts and designer fashion, publishing, gaming, screen and broadcast as well as music.

This year, the focus is firmly on offering emerging talent free practical, hands-on support, advice and networking opportunities.

Highlights include:



According to Millen, a former BBC producer who also heads up ScreenHI, the screen and broadcast wing of XpoNorth,

"XpoNorth is all about giving a platform to emerging talent and offering free practical, hands-on support all year round and the festival brings it all together in one fell swoop.

"The sheer breadth of ground covered by the XpoNorth programme in two hugely creative and inspiring days in June has something for everyone. If you are serious about making a career in the creative industries, then it’s an unmissable event. We have a new 'hub' this year, at the Old High Church Halls on Academy Street in Inverness town centre, which is where anyone wishing to attend the festival can get their bearings.

"It's free to register and to attend and we are urging all would-be delegates to sign up online via our website as it will make the process of picking up delegate passes a smooth one."

This year, the screen and broadcast element of XpoNorth is being boosted by the presence of The Screen Machine, the 80-seat, air conditioned mobile cinema which is more usually seen in far-flung corners of the Highlands and Islands.

The Screen Machine will be based in the centre of Inverness for the duration of XpoNorth and will provide a unique viewing point for festival delegates to watch featured films. Of the selected films, 79 will be shown in the Screen Machine, while 24 will screen as part of the conference programme.
 

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