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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 Showcase. Places fill up fast so register quickly!

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

Visiting Arts is also planning to organise a three-day familiarisation visit to Scotland during the Edinburgh Festivals for the London Cultural Attaché Network (CAN) to explore arts and cultural sites in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Dundee, meet key local players, attend the Producers’ Breakfast and Festival showcases. To enquire about the visit please contact

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

There are also limited places for the VA x ASEF Unplugged session on Cultural Leadership at 8am on the day for more in-depth discussion on the topic.

Invite a young leader!
Following on from Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 celebrating young people’s achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. Let’s celebrate the influence and importance of young voices. We encourage you to take this as an opportunity to invite young leaders in the arts to join you at the Breakfast – be their mentor, make introductions and show them the ropes!

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.