What could the future hold for the arts within society? What impact can the arts have on our shared civic life?
Last summer we made 21 podcasts that brought together perspectives on the future from people who are active in the world in which Spitalfields Music and all who interact with the organisation operate. Our contributors ranged from Tony Hall (Director-General, BBC), to composer David Lang and the Osmani Primary School debating team. You can catch up with the series online.
This Summer Festival, following the General Election, we invite guest speakers to give their thoughts, in a series of podcast talks, about the role of the arts in cities, in local communities, right now.
The speakers come from a range of backgrounds, from the arts to social enterprise, to business leadership and futurism. Each will talk about a topic they are passionate about, addressing and provoking challenges for the future.
All our speakers are looking to spark discussion, and you can respond to their thoughts by tweeting us @SpitsMusic #WhatNext
Monday 1 June Clare Lovett Spitalfields Music
Tuesday 2 June Kate Whitley Mutli-Story Orchestra
Wednesday 3 June Becky Stewart Codasign
Thursday 4 June Paul Aguard Poplar Harca
Friday 5 June Fran Lobo Spitalfields Music Trainee Music Leader
Saturday 6 June Purni Morell Unicorn Theatre
Sunday 7 June Sam Rapley, Phoebe Rees, Lorena Paz Royal Academy of Music
Monday 8 June Stella Duffy Theatre maker
Tuesday 9 June Tim Saunders Osmani Primary School
Wednesday 10 June Sir John Sorrell Creative Industries Federation
Thursday 11 June Laila Fernandes-Yasin THAMES Youth Orchestra
Friday 12 June Sidd Khajuria Barbican
Saturday 13 June Charles Armstrong The Trampery
Sunday 14 June Abimaro Gunnell music leader
Monday 15 June John Critchley audience member
Tuesday 16 June Shabaka Hutchings, Emily Hall & David Bates Summer Festival Associate Artists
Wednesday 17 June Maurice Biriotti Spitalfields Music / SHM Productions