FST's Specialist Forums have been set up to facilitate networking and skills and knowledge exchange between FST members specialising in particular performing arts areas. The forums were set up in 2013 and were piloted as entirely members-led, with guest speakers and discussions reflecting members' interests and needs. Following the successful first year, the forums are now open to the wider sector, with anyone working within professional dance, opera or theatre being eligible to attend.
At the moment, FST runs the following specialist forums:
- Dance Forum
- Touring Forum
- Producers' Forum
- Technical Theatre Forum
- Knowledge Exchange
- Skill Sharing
- Peer Learning
- Support & Informal Mentoring
- Specific Advocacy
The forums offer a knowledge exchange situation and their format is responsive and reflective of the attendees needs and suggestions. For example, the Producers Forum resulted in a comprehensive Producers Skills Audit, which is available to FST Members and helps them recognise each other’s areas of expertise. Each group is self-managing with the opportunity to determine what they would like from the forums in terms of speakers, training or general networking.
The forums are led by members with the main agenda items set based on attendee suggestions and not by FST. FST will coordinate the meetings, inviting speakers/trainers/ facilitators where appropriate.
Where & When
Each forum will meet twice a year with meetings around 2-3 hours long and will always include a coffee break to allow everyone time to network.
Locations will vary for each meeting with the aim to spread activity around Scotland as far as possible.
Who can attend
Following the successful pilot in 2013/14, the forums are now being opened up so anyone working within the professional dance, opera and theatre sector is eligible to attend.
Attendance of the forums is free for FST members as part of their annual membership fee. Non members are also welcome to attend for a fee of £10 for one forum meeting or £16 for both events taking place in the year (inclusive of VAT). Please also take note of our terms & conditions and cancellation policy which attendees agree to and which you can download here.