goNORTH Festival Brings Creative Energy to Inverness

gonorth-black-logoTomorrow sees Scotland’s leading creative industries festival, goNORTH, set up its stall in Inverness and organisers say it’s shaping up to be the most wide-reaching edition in its 14-year-history.

This year’s goNORTH Festival takes place tomorrow (June 4th) and Thursday (June 5th)  at venues across the city.

The unique event, which is free for the public to attend, will welcome leading industry players from the fashion, music, gaming, screen, broadcast and publishing  sectors offering daytime panels and workshops.

More than 60 up-and-coming acts will perform at the GoNORTH evening music showcase, and there will be screening of around 50 short films throughout the two-day event.

As part of the goNORTH festival Inverness will host the world premiere of top author Denise Mina’s documentary, Multum in Parvo, an intimate portrait of her wider family which she and two cousins created using an iPhone as well as the Scottish premiere of a unique collaborative film called 50 Kisses.

Denise Mina will also be on the panel of an all-star storytelling panel at goNORTH, which includes poet, author and playwright, Chris Dolan, singer-songwriter, RM Hubbert, comedian and Father Ted legend, Michael Redmond, and Lord of the Rings actor, Billy Boyd.

Ms Mina said: “I love the spirit of goNORTH because it’s all about helping creative people get their work seen.”

goNORTH attendees can enjoy keynote speeches from Neil Cartwright, former Head of New Media at Sony Music UK and now MD of digital marketing agency Million Media and Rob Hallett, who recently left his position as head of International Touring at AEG, where he oversaw some of the biggest and most successful tours and events of the last decade.

There will also be an in-conversation event with ex-Skids frontman turned film director and writer, Richard Jobson.

Gamers can enjoy a one-day pop-up gaming playground, which will bring together some of Scotland’s innovative game designers, while fashion fans will be treated to a unique runway show at the Ironworks venue in Inverness.

Festival director Amanda Millen said: GoNORTH is free and it’s open to anyone looking to make their way in the creative industries.

“All people need to do is sign up online beforehand on our website or in person on the day, to access all the conference sessions, the film and music showcases and the all-important networking parties at night.”

Highlights of goNORTH will be broadcast over the course of the festival by Radio goNORTH, a two-week long training course for aspiring radio broadcasters.

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