Emporium 2016, again took place over two days (3 and 4 March), including an Early Dialogue day which focussed on ideas at the very early stages of development and a Market Day, which allowed the attendees to sell and book shows available to tour in short- to medium-term.
There was a presentiation of the Tourbook and a discussion panel consisting of programmers from several venues across Scotland. The attendees also had the opportunity to promote their show, venue or festival to all the delegates during an Open Exchange session.
Over 200 delegates attended the two days and the feedback on the event was very positive, emphasising mainly how useful and productive the event was.
Some of the quotes from the two days included:
'I pitched my idea to about 50 people in one day - I could never have reached this many people without EDD! Got lots of useful feedback, and made good contacts.’ Eszter Marsalko
‘It was ideally structured to allow artists and venues/producers to make relationships at an early point in the development of a project.’ Upfront Performance
‘We are small and this is the easiest way for us to network/meet new artists/promote what we do and encourage artists to talk to us! We have a whole programme in manipulate dedicated to emerging theatre makers and new work - it's a great place for many people to start their journey with us!’ Jen White, Puppet Animation Scotland
‘It was a fantastic way of getting people to talk to each other and took the awkwardness out of networking. The face to face format was relaxed, informal and productive. It allowed for an open and honest dialogue. Well done for coordinating it all!’ Louise Allan, Mischief La-Bas
'I had a great line-up of useful, relevant and interesting meetings. It was a really productive day, with conversations that continued on afterwards' Kate Deans Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland
And some photos from the two days: