Date for the Diary: No Boundaries 2015

“No Boundaries' eclecticism and sideways approach is part of its appeal”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Looking ahead to next year, we have the date for No Boundaries 2015 firmly in our diary. On 29 & 30 September, Watershed will be working with a consortium of cultural organisations for the second year running to deliver the arts industries annual conference. Two days of fascinating and lively debate from some of the most diverse and high profile voices working in the arts today, with a rich programme dedicated to questioning and challenging fresh ideas on the role of arts and culture, finding positive and effective approaches to influence change and crucially, how to support the sector’s growth in a world where there is no normal.


No Boundaries 2015 will follow last year’s innovative conference format, which live-linked two venues as one conference. This year the venues are Watershed Bristol and HOME Manchester, the city’s fantastic purpose-built centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books due to open in May 2015. Alongside the packed schedule of events, there will be dedicated connected breakout areas for conversation and networking, purposefully designed to bring ideas, spaces and people together.


Last year’s conference was attended by over 400 delegates and hosted a wide array of speakers including RSA Chair Vikki Heywood, Bigga Fish CEO Nii Sackey, Executive Director of Cast Doncaster, Kully Thiari, political theorist Dr Benjamin R Barber, and Joy MBoya, Artistic director of Nairobi’s Godown Centre. To review all the provocations, discussion and to read the evaluation report, go to


Programme details will be unveiled over the coming months, and delegate passes will be on sale at the end of February 2015. To make sure you don’t miss out and to keep up-to-date, go to the website - and follow @nbd2015 #nbd2015


No Boundaries is produced by a consortium of Arts organisations, Watershed (Bristol), HOME (Manchester), Pilot Theatre (York), Festival of Ideas (Bristol), and is supported by Arts Council England and British Council.| @nbd2015| #nbd2015



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