Planning for reopening: small 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 smaller 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 rather small venue, for example an attraction, a gallery or a cultural hub? 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 11th of May, we are organising a panel discussion with no fewer than 4 experts who all work for attractions, galleries and cultural hubs! 

Interested in this topic, but is your venue on the larger side? Then have a look at the panelists who will be discussing the reopening of regional and mid-sized venues on the 12th 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!

Heledd Jones - Bookings Manager, Insole Court

Heledd, originally from Dinas Powys but now living in Cardiff was educated in Ysgol Plasmawr and Glamorgan College of Art and Design. She then went on to study for a BA in Youth and Community Education. 

 She is passionate about art, music and events. As part of orchestras, as a chorister and with various fashion shows and competitions she has been fortunate to travel and experience amazing places from backstage. Heledd has years of experience in retail, education and with weddings and large scale events. 

At Insole Court she is responsible for weddings and large scale events, as well as the room hire facility and the gift shop.

Peta Swindall - Executive Director, Little Angel Theatre 

Peta has worked across the arts industries for the last 15 years in various roles, including the Barbican Centre, Guildhall School and currently as the Executive Director of Little Angel Theatre. 

She is a chartered accountant, with a passion for creativity and enjoys working with organisations and individuals to develop systems and business processes to increase efficiency and resilience, enabling more time and energy to be concentrated on their primary purpose! 

David Baxter - Manager, Borough Theatre Abergavenny

David Baxter is the Manager of the Borough Theatre Abergavenny, a popular small/mid scale venue that is owned, managed and funded by Monmounthshire County Council. He has a particular interest and passion in the use of digital tools to streamline and advance administrative and organisational processes and encourage collaborative working. 

He was previously the head of Arts Active, an Arts charity that delivered the education, community and audience engagement programme of St David’s Hall, the national concert hall of Wales and the New New Theatre, Cardiff. He has worked as a practioner, producer and manager of community and education arts projects in a variety of contexts from large scale community productions, theatre in education and workshop programmes.

Nadja Bering Ovesen - Events and Operations Manager, Arcola Theatre 

Before landing her current position as Events and Operations Manager at Arcola Theatre in August 2019, Nadja has worked in technical theatre and theatre production for over 10 years. Nadja's experience varies from producing independent fringe theatre across Denmark to working as an Assistant Stage Manager at some of Copenhagen's biggest musical venues.

In her current role with Arcola Theatre, Nadja combines her varied skill set in creative leadership, operations management and theatre administration where she is running the space hire department as well as events, bar hires and daily scheduling of the Arcola main building and the upcoming opening of Arcola Outside.

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

Have a look at our panel discussions for mid-sized 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: