Planning for reopening: mid-sized 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 what could be considered a mid-sized and/or regional venue? Then this is a panel discussion you should not miss!

Register now

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 mid-sized and/or regional 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 12th of May, we are organising a panel discussion with no fewer than 4 experts who all work for mid-sized and/or regional venues! 

Interested in this topic, but is your venue on the smaller or larger side? Then have a look at the panelists who will be discussing the reopening of rather small venues (attractions, hubs & galleries) on the 11th of May and multi venues & complex operations on the 18th 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!

Damien Vincent - Head of Sales and Events, MAC Birmingham

Damien has worked in the arts and event industry for over 15 years in Birmingham in theatre and cultural settings. Following the re-opening of MAC in 2010 after a £14 million redevelopment, he has established and shaped the commercial activities and is now managing the ticketing and commercial teams. 

With a keen interest in technology and IT, Damien led the YesPlan project team and implementation and has been involved in both the practical and the technical sides of the MAC’s approach to the post-COVID opening.

Hatti Simpson - Ticketing & Digital Manager, Woolwich Works  

Hatti Simpson - Ticketing and Digital Manager at Woolwich Works Hatti Simpson is Ticketing & Digital Manager for Woolwich Works, a new venue in South East London opening in 2021. She has been working in arts venues since 2013 in ticketing and operations, previously with Cambridge Junction and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. 

She is passionate about creating an engaging and exciting customer experience digitally and in person, as well as using data to identify and diversify audiences. She has a strong interest in new ticketing technologies and point of sales fundraising. Hatti was previously a recipient of the INTIX Professional Development Grant and speaker at the Ticketing Professionals Conference 2019. 

Kjetil Polden - Event manager, Oslo Konserthus

Kjetil has been the Event Manager at Oslo Konserthus since December 2011. He manages 20 hosts and he’s responsible for safety at events. Kjetil is also in charge of the preparations and planning of concerts, trade fairs and conferences held at Oslo Konserthus. Prior to being an event manager, he worked in hospitality for 20 years.

David Haigh - Operations Director, Gulbenkian 

David Haigh is the Operations Director for Gulbenkian, the multi-purpose arts centre at the University of Kent. David is responsible for the day to day running of the arts centre as well as all aspects of the customer journey and experience. 

Prior to working at Gulbenkian David was the Commercial Manager at Hall for Cornwall and has previously worked at Cadogan Hall and the Wigmore Hall.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the remaining panelist
and register below! 

Have a look at our panel discussions for small and multi complex 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: