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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Durham’s Empty Shop have set up The Creative Social, a series of think pieces, online talks and mentoring sessions delivered by experts in the culture sector. So far they’ve invited Fuel and Gyre & Gimble to explore theatre, performance and touring, and former Edinburgh Fringe director Paul Gudgin who discussed festivals and events post-COVID.

For July, they’ve lined up Soweto Kinch – saxophonist, MC and heavy-hitter of the contemporary jazz scene – to explore how best to navigate gigs and touring while in lockdown. Kinch has posted a think-piece on Empty Shop’s Medium blog, which discusses the dynamics of class, culture, race and heritage, set against the backdrop of releasing a new album during the pandemic. The accompanying interactive event takes place on Wednesday 15th July, where he’ll be bringing his extensive experience as a world class performer, helping practitioners in the region to share experiences of culture-making during lockdown (and what we can learn for the future) in a Q&A style.

After the online discussion, there’ll also be the chance for practitioners from Hartlepool to engage in either a masterclass or mentoring sessions with the experts, offering them the opportunity to learn some handy solutions to unique lockdown issues as well as gaining valuable insight from industry leaders.

The Creative Social: Gigs and Touring in Lockdown with Soweto Kinch will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 15th July. Sign up via this link

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