The Federation of Scottish Theatre’s annual Emporium takes place over two days in March (Wed 15 & Thu 16) at the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock. The event allows for focus on both long-term planning and discussing ideas at the very early stages of development (Early Dialogue Day) and on short and medium term planning at the established Market Day.

Early Dialogue Day – On this day, producing companies and artists present work, at the very early stages of creation to venues, promoters and producers with the capacity to produce the work of other artists.  This process provides an opportunity for both parties to discuss artistic plans 12 – 24 months in advance of the production stage and for promoters/venues/producers to feedback and express their interest.   A panel of experienced promoters/venues have selected an exciting collection of artists/companies to present on the day, who will represent both established and newer voices aiming to tour across a range of scales, genres and audiences.

Market Day – This day follows the already successful Emporium format, allowing artists and venues to promote and programme existing work which will be available for touring within the next 6-12 months. It includes a range of networking and promotional opportunities including Open Exchange and scheduled face-to-face sessions with the companies, promoters and venues of your choice.

Bookings are now closed for the event, however The Touring Network has a couple of places at Market Day, on Thu 16 Mar, which are available to Promoters. Our CEO, Jo, will be attending the event with the promoters who are able to go, and there may also be an opportunity for one promoter to attend Early Dialogue Day with Jo on Wed 15 March.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Rhiannon no later than Wed 1 Feb. The Touring Network will be able to provide accommodation as well as a travel bursary to attend.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to get so many people from across the sector together”

“As a new programmer it was good to make face to face connections and I also found the 1 minute shout out slots very useful to hear about those I couldn’t get to meet face to face”

“Meeting so many different people. I love the blatant, no-nonsense networking that FST organise. Producers, promoters, artists, all getting completely head-zapped together. Nice way to break the ice!”

“All FST staff were encouraging and helpful.  Round table presentations/discussions were a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about a project, among people and organisations who can really help it forwards. It was useful to find out a bit about what each specific venue is seeking for their programming”

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