Planning for reopening: large venues edition

Yay, the cultural sector will soon be up and running again! However, the planning involved in the reopening shouldn't be underestimated! Do you run or work for a large venue? Then this is a panel discussion you should not miss!

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Ready, set, reopen! 

We have all been dreaming about it for what felt like ages, but now it is finally happening for many: the reopening of the cultural sector! Obviously we can only applaud this, but it does involve a lot of planning. Venues have to cover a lot of different scenarios and many have to adapt with a leaner organisation.

Running or working for a large multi complex venue? Can't shake this feeling that you are overlooking organisational matters for your reopening or that you do not know how to tackle certain issues? Yesplan to the rescue! Our panel discussion is your chance to get a unique insight into how other venues are planning their reopening.

On the 18th of May, we are organising a panel discussion with no fewer than 4 experts who all work for large venues! 

Interested in this topic, but is your venue on the smaller side? Then have a look at the panelists who will be discussing the reopening of  small venues such as attractions, hubs and galeries on the 11th of May and regional and mid-sized venues on the 12th of May.

The topics that will be addressed during this event: 

  • Discussion about the planning going into reopening
  • Specific areas will be touched upon (communications, capacities, dates, flows of people...)
  • The experts will give you an insight into the organisation of their reopening 

Meet our panelists!

Hannah Kester - Head of Cultural Development, Awen Cultural Trust 

Hannah has been a senior arts manager for over 15 years, previously working in theatres and on capital projects in Sussex and Wiltshire. She has held roles in the public and private sectors and joined Awen Cultural Trust in 2019 as Head of Cultural Development. Overseeing their theatres across south Wales, she is also currently part of the project team on the £7m redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall in partnership with Bridgend CBC.

Terry Cooper - Business Performance Director, Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall 

Over the last 5 years, Terry has led the finance and business performance functions of the venue, delivering consistently high returns to the local authority directorate. An important aspect of his role is to identify efficiencies through systems and processes, and so he is very much enjoying leading implementation Yesplan across the organisation.

Malin Brereton - Head of Planning, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern

Malin Brereton is Head of Planning for Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, where she is responsible for the workflow in the busy repertoire stages in the theatre building in the centre of Stockholm, as well as in the adjoining art centre. 

She has a background in producing: at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern mainly large scale productions for the main stage, and at Cullberg for international tours. Prior to working for KHST, she lived in London and worked for Glastonbury Festivals and the Barbican Theatre among others.

Linda Åhl - Project Manager, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern 

 Linda Åhl is project manager at the planning department for Kulturhuset Stadsteatern. Over the past 20 years, she has held various positions such as head of stage and tour manager for theatres and festivals across Sweden. 

The last couple of years she has settled at KHST, starting out at the technical department. She has now moved on to the next big task: leading the implementation of Yesplan within the organisation, which will both be fun and challenging! 

Giles Ballisat - Arts and Theatres Manager, St David’s Hall

Originally trained as a musician, Giles has managed a number of large-scale venues during his forty years in the arts, including Grand Opera House (York), White Rock Theatre (Hastings), Wycombe Swan (High Wycombe) and Colosseum (Watford). 

More recently, he has worked as Arts and Theatres Manager for Caerphilly County Council and currently as Arts and Theatres Manager for Cardiff County, overseeing the operation of St David’s Hall and the New Theatre. 

Have a look at our panel discussions for small and mid-sized venues!

This event is part of a bigger picture! Depending on the size and/or the function of your venue, you will experience different needs and problems in terms of organisation. Yesplan is well aware of that! Which is why we are organising not one, not two, but three panel discussions on the organisation of the reopening. So depending on the size of your venue, you can join the panel discussion that fits your needs or interests best

An overview of our online events on the planning of the reopening: