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International Producers Breakfast 2019

22nd August 2019

09:00 - 11:00

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Visiting Arts International Producers’ Breakfast (VAPB) provides a crucial opportunity for strategic networking, discussion and exchange between Scottish and international producers, programmers and creators with a passion for intercultural exchange – facilitating new connections and partnerships for the coming year. The event is free to attend and a staple in the diary of arts professionals during the Edinburgh Festivals and British Council Edinburgh Showcase. This event is now fully booked. If you are no longer able to attend please cancel your place to allow others off the waitlist, thank you.

The theme for the International Producers’ Breakfast 2019 will focus on cultural leadership. There will be a keynote from Hilary Carty, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme and Alain Paré, CEO & Founder of CINARS.

Scroll down to meet the speakers and networking ambassadors!

Share your thoughts and ideas on cultural leadership on Twitter #VAPB2019 #culturalleaders2019.


  • BSL interpreters for the keynote will be: Paul Belmonte & Sarah-Jane Robinson – provided by Deaf Action
  • Wheelchair access from street level. Inside the theatre there is lift access to all levels. Lifts have voice synthesisers to assist visitors. Unisex accessible toilets on levels one and two. See more on facilities at Festival Theatre.

Invite a young leader! Following on from Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, we invite delegates to celebrate the influence and importance of young voices by inviting a young leaders in the arts to join them at the Breakfast – be their mentor, make introductions and show them the ropes!

Alongside this event we are also teaming up with Asia-Europe Foundation to run an Unplugged session on Cultural Leadership at 8am on the day for more in-depth discussion on the topic.

The Cultural Attaché Network (CAN) will also be on a three-day familiarisation visit to Scotland during the Edinburgh Festivals for the to explore arts and cultural sites in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Dundee, meet key local players, attend Festival showcases. To enquire about the visit or offer invitations to the delegation please contact sophia [@]

This event is made possible through the support of Creative Scotland National Lottery Funding, Edinburgh International FestivalAsia-Europe FoundationClore Leadership Programme and Quebec Government Office in London.

About the speakers

Hilary Carty started her career in the performing arts, specialising in dance and becoming General Manager of the Adzido Dance Company (1990-94), before being appointed as Director of Dance for Arts Council England (1994-2003). Following this she was appointed to senior roles in policy development in the Arts Council and contributed to the formation of the cultural programme of the 2012 London Olympic Games. She is well known for her period as director of the £22m government-funded Cultural Leadership Programme between 2006 and 2011. Since then she has worked in the UK and overseas as a consultant in the arts and cultural industries, and most recently as a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Management and Business, King’s College, London, for which in 2017 she directed an international Executive Leadership Programme: Leading Culture in the 21st Century. Hilary works as a coach, and has written and lectured widely on the subjects of leadership and cultural development. Hilary Carty was appointed Director of Clore Leadership in September 2017 and currently serves as a member of the Learning and Participation Committee of the Royal Opera House, a trustee of the Horniman Museum & Gardens, a governor of De Montfort University, a director of Creative United and a member of the London Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Previous appointments include being a trustee of the Arts Foundation and a director of the Siobhan Davies Dance Company.

Alain Paré is the Founder, President and CEO of the International Conference and Networking Organization for the Performing Arts (CINARS). He has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of Quebec’s performing arts and the development of strategic markets for the export of Canadian creations through the organization of events such as the CINARS Biennale, MASA and PAMS, and editions of ISPA, IPAY, IAMA and IETM. For 45 years, his vision, commitment, initiative and hard work have provided springboards for hundreds of artists and organizations, promoting their international development and unprecedented economic spin-offs. He was awarded the Shanghai Performing Arts Fair Achievement Award (2011 and 2012) for his contribution to the Chinese performing arts market, the National Arts Center Award (2014) for his distinguished contributions to the performing arts in Canada and abroad and received the title of Quebec Arts and Letters Companion (2019) by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.


Meet the Networking Ambassadors

Offering their wealth of experience and facilitating introductions at the Breakfast to delegates who have completed the expressions of interest form, we’re pleased to introduce you to…

 Eileen O’Reilly is Producer for the National Theatre of Scotland, previously Head of International Promoter Liaison for Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has a long international career as a commercial producer for theatres, festivals and arts markets around the globe – including Dublin, Edinburgh, Adelaide and New York. In her role with Edinburgh Fringe she was responsible for connecting incoming shows with international markets across five different continents – she has an extensive knowledge of the international theatre scene.

James Seabright is an independent theatre Producer and general manager of Seabright Productions. He has worked on over 250 shows since 2001, with an emphasis on touring around the UK and internationally, as well as productions in various venues both on and off West End in London. Between 2003 and 2014, James presented a large number of productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe under the Festival Highlights banner, winning a wide range of awards. He is chair of the King’s Head Theatre, a board member of the League of Independent Producers, a member of the Society of London Theatre, and an associate of Wilton’s Music Hall.

Gavin Stride is a Director and Producer of new theatre. Currently he leads Farnham Maltings which produces and programmes performance. He is the director of caravan – the biennial showcase of new English performance, and house – a 200 venue network across the South East of England. He was previously Vice Chair of the regional council of Arts Council of England, Chair of the Independent Theatre Council and Crying Out Loud.

Alan Tweedie is a UK arts practitioner working in both Bangladesh and India. The main focus of his work is in ‘Arts Interactions’ – promoting research and development in projects breaking barriers and building bridges. His work brings artists and performers together from across borders, increasing understanding and building creative initiatives through partnership. A focus of much of the work is the south Asian subcontinent and how it relates to the wider world. His work is supportive of the initiatives of others including the projects: Nine.Squares – Jaipur Design Show, a new Dhaka Spring Festival, and Irish Theatre participation in Literature Live Festival, Mumbai. 

Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambahksh is an award winning independent theatre maker born in Iran and now based in Scotland – part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Scale of Female Ambition. Over Nazli’s career in venues and touring she has developed a strong leadership role in producing diverse theatre in the UK in particular looking at themes of the Middle East and the lives of women. She also led on Creative Case NORTH, which is a re-imagining of Arts Council England’s approach to diversity and equality. She is an International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Fellow and currently making a new MEDEA.

Robyn Jancovich-Brown is a freelance producer and arts project manager based in Scotland, specialising in children’s theatre and participatory and community projects. Since 2009 she has worked with a number of Scotland’s leading arts festivals, organisations and theatre companies as well as volunteering with various community arts projects.  She is Interim Arts Partnerships Manager at British Council Scotland.

Anita Clark joined The Work Room (TWR) as Director in June 2016. She has responsibility for leading the organising and developing programmes which extend the creativity, status and impact of Scotland’s independent dance sector. Anita has worked in dance since the early 1990s as a practitioner, producer and in funding and policy. She was previously Head of Dance at Creative Scotland/ Scottish Arts Council from 2004 – 2016 and was the first Artistic Director of Citymoves from 2000 – 2004. She has a BA (hons) in Dance & Related Arts from London College of Dance and an MA (Distinction) in Art in Social Contexts from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is currently completing the BSL level 1 course and is participating in the FST mentoring programme.

Vicky Rutherford-O’Leary is a Producer at Curious Seed in Edinburgh. Curious Seed collaborate with exceptional artists – musicians, actors, dancers, designers and video makers – to create emotionally charged dance theatre performances that reach across ages and art forms, and to bring something unique to the dance landscape of Scotland. Their work has been presented across the globe from Milan to Macao, New Zealand to Norway; appearing at prestigious international festivals and venues from Sadler’s Wells to Sydney Opera House. Vicky was previously Head of Catalyst and Producing at Dance Base.

Claire Moran is Producer at Cryptic and has been instrumental in the production of work that was toured across Europe, South America and Asia. Claire studied Performing Arts, specialising in new dance, at De Montfort University, Leicester in the UK, and on graduating moved into the field of arts management. She has worked with a variety of theatres and cultural organisations in Scotland including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Ballet producing arts events, conferences, festivals and education programmes. From 2000 – 2002 Claire was chairperson of Renfrewshire Dance Project , she is now chairperson of the Board for Glasgow-based theatre company Vox Motus and also recently joined the Board of Objet-a.