Theatres Trust | Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking

Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking will bring together theatre operators, local authorities, planners, developers and architects to explore the role of theatres and wider cultural infrastructure within placemaking.

Placemaking is at the heart of building thriving communities and promoting wellbeing. It is a well-established concept and an important principle guiding the work of planners, developers and architects and, increasingly, the culture sector.

There will be inspiring case studies and opportunities to debate a range of topics, including: the contribution of theatre buildings to regeneration, economic growth and wellbeing; local authorities championing theatre buildings and wider cultural provision in their plans; encouraging and supporting local communities to value and protect their local theatre and to take an active role in cultural planning; how to design and run our theatres as democratic, inclusive environments to foster a sense of ownership and civic pride and how planners, developers and theatres can work together to ensure excellent cultural infrastructure.


You can book your place now via Eventbrite.

Programme & Sessions

Registration 8.45am | Opening Address 9.30am | Post Conference Reception 5pm | Carriages 7pm

  • What does placemaking mean and how do theatres contribute?
  • The role of local authorities in championing theatres and wider cultural infrastructure in their plans
  • Communities engaging with local planning and protecting theatres
  • Architects and theatre operators designing and managing democratic and inclusive theatres for the community
  • The Future – How can planners, developers, architects, theatres and communities work together to embed the value of theatres in excellent placemaking?


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Further reading

Director Jon Morgan introduced the themes running through the conference in an article in Summer 2017 Theatres Magazine Theatres & Placemaking.

Jon also wrote a blog discussing why the theatre industry should care more about theatre buildings, and engage with the placemaking agenda in What do theatres mean to you?

Press Release 1: Theatres Trust announces Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking

Press Release 2: Theatres Trust reveals additions to line up for Conference 17

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Event image: Delegates at Conference 16, Alex Brenner, 2016TT Conf17 Sponsor block2