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A day to debate gender equality in the arts



14:00 – Opening Remarks | Welcome from the Organisers

Sarah Lovell, Lead Officer – Culture Coordinator, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Marie-Claire Daly, Principal Culture and Creative Policy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority


14:05 – Session 1 | Both Sides Now Manifesto and RISE Liverpool: A discussion with organisers and artists

Facilitator: Alison Clark, Director, North, National Director, Combined Arts, Arts Council


Alicia Smith, Arts and Participation Manager, Culture Liverpool

Sarah Meagan, Arts and Development Officer, Culture Liverpool

Kate Hazeldine (LUNA), Artist, Musician

Amina Atiq, Spoken Word Artist

Debra King, CEO, Brighter Sound

Kate Lowes, Head of Programmes / Gender in Music PhD Researcher (University of Manchester), Both Sides Now

Hannah Ashcroft, Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist

LOUQ, Artist, Singer, Songwriter

CHAINES, Artist, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist




15:00 – Session 2 | Female leadership and practical solutions – discussion with female artists, culture leaders and industry experts from across Europe

Facilitator: Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General of EUROCITIES


Simone Roche MBE, CEO, Northern Power Women

Isle Ghekiere, Artist, Writer, Researcher, Historian and founder of ENGAGEMENT

Nadine Plateau, President of the Education Conseil des femmes francophones de Belgique, and founding member of Sophia

Clotilde Charreton, Culture Department, Lyon Metropole

Matias Flensborg, EU Project Manager, Women in Live Music

Fiona Gibson, CEO Everyman and Playhouse Theatres; Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership Member

Irini Vouzelakou, EU Programme Manager, British Council




16:40 – Session 3 | What changes regarding gender equality we would like to see in Europe

Facilitator – Julie Ward MEP, Vice President of the European Parlia-ment’s Committee on Culture and Education
Matias Flensborg, EU Project Manager, Women in Live Music
Hannah Cockburn OBE, Political and Engagement Counsellor, UK Permanent Representation to the EU
Alison Mckenzie-Folan, CEO Wigan Council
Rosanna Lewis, Culture and Development Manager, British Council