Northern Exposure Conference, October 12 – 15

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We want to invite you to join us at Northern Exposure 2017, October 12 – 15 in Wells, BC. It’s your annual opportunity to learn and share ideas with your peers, as well as experts in the field of rural arts, culture and festival organizing. Running over three October days and nights, our art fuelled town of Wells,  comes alive once again for arts and culture administrators, creative not-for profits, event organizers, musicians, artists, media, and music lovers. 
By day, Northern Exposure presents an invaluable opportunity to meet new collaborators and learn from the best from around province. This year the conference program presents ideas on an array of topics including disaster planning and emergency preparedness, Indigenous engagement and the important role the arts plays in reconciliation. This event will also cover topics such as marketing, social media, community engagement, technology, as well as touring & release strategies.

At night the town glows with performances, an opportunity for nine breakthrough bands from across the province to showcase their artistic talents, providing excellent networking opportunities that allow artists to share ideas and forge new professional relationships. Northern Exposure will strengthen & connect creative networks in rural communities and promote the continued success and sustainability of the arts and music industry in BC. 

Bursaries are available. We want to make sure the conference is financially accessible to everyone.

Northern Exposure is pleased to feature Alexandra Staseson to lead a session on effective use of social media. unnamed (11).jpg

Alexandra Staseson is a producer, writer, actor/host and singer/songwriter. Her business @MoveThrough Productions oversees digital marketing and social media for television series, feature films, corporate clients and live events. She builds buzz for Canadian film via the @1stWeekendClub @Crazy8sFilm and @CanadaScreens Twitter accounts, and managing social media for the VOD platform She is a published writer and photographer, and her copywriting features in campaigns from Lululemon to Greenpeace. A graduate of New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she co-wrote and composed for the short musical The Dancing Cop, and acted in and associated produced the feature The Dick Knost Show, which both premiered at TIFF. Find her at InstagramTwitter and her webpage.


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On August 14 a wonderfully talented and passionate group of cellist and harp players from all around the world met in Wells. They were joined by our insanely inspiring instructors Tristan Le Govic, Sunita Staneslow, Mairi Chambeul and Morag Northey. Follow the link HERE to see how the weekend evolved!


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Dirk Vanstralen’s stunning art exhibition ‘Failing Better’ will show at Island Mountain Arts through November. Dirk is an award-winning cartoonist, illustrator and designer, who sometimes paints and makes other things. ‘Failing Better’ represents 30 years of art making.

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