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  • Read Megan Vaughan’s Fanzine, The Arts’ Guide to Fandom

    All delegates attending No Boundaries get their own special ‘zine curated by Megan Vaughan that explores fan culture in relation to current industry issues. If you aren’t attending you can read it for yourself here:

    With original fanfic and art from contributors based all over the world, and featuring fans who are really making stuff happen, we present a culture of participation that is actively reimagining and reclaiming the canon.

    Contributors: Rosie Curtis, Tine Gjessø, Rob Mallows, Okwo69, Owen G. Parry, Mer Starkey, Ani Thomas, UpTheHill.



    noun: fandom; plural nounfandoms

    • the state or condition of being a fan of someone or something.
    • the fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc. regarded collectively as a community or subculture.
  • Info for delegates attending No Boundaries

    With only a few days until No Boundaries begins here are a few essential pieces of info for delegates:

    1. If delegates haven’t already made us aware of any access or special dietary requirements there is still time to do so by emailing us:

    2. The delegate programme, lanyard and special edition ‘zine will be ready for you to pick up from the Info desks at HOME Manchester and Hull Truck Theatre from 10am on Tue 28 March. The info desks will be located on the ground floor of each venue as you enter. Due to the live-link between the venues and to ensure that we keep to time, the first session will begin promptly at 11.45am. Latecomers will be admitted at an appropriate moment when a contributor has finished.

    And just to note, that for the main sessions in Manchester delegates will be in the stalls and circle of HOME’s Theatre 1, with all seating unreserved. At registration delegates will be asked which area is preferable to sit in just to help manage numbers and ensure there is as little queuing as possible.

    Location details for HOME and Hull Truck Theatre can be found on our home page.

    3. The schedule for the conference is here. Delegates will be given a conference programme at the event but we like to keep these as portable as possible so all the biogs of our contributors are online.

    4. The delegate list shows who is attending in Manchester and Hull so do make sure you take a look in advance to see exactly who will be in the room with you.

    5. If you want to tag the conference into your social media then the twitter account is: @nbds2017 and we will be using the hashtag: #nb2017

  • Timings for 28-29 March 2017

    In case you are booking your travel to either Manchester or Hull, don’t forget that the timings of the conference are as follows:

    -The info desk in Manchester and Hull opens for registration and to pick up your delegate pass at 10am on Tue 28 March 2017

    -The first session begins at 11.45am. Please don’t be late or we will start without you!

    -Day one finishes at c.5.30pm with the Arts Council England Fringe event beginning at 5.45pm

    -Our evening events in Manchester and Hull take place from 8pm (and for those that have asked, YES there will definitely be food for you)

    -Day 2 begins with the British Council Fringe event from 8am (early birds are rewarded with breakfast)

    -Day 2 formally kicks off at 10am and we aim to finish by 3pm

  • Latest contributors announced

    We are excited to unveil the latest contributors joining our first wave of speakers. You can look forward to provocations and stimulating debate from a range of experienced leaders and emerging voices in international and UK culture.
    Speakers from Mexico (Gabriella Gomez-Mont of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Mexico City), Nepal (NayanTara Gurung Kashapati, co founder of and the Nepal Picture library) and Turkey (Vasif Kortun, formerly of SALT Gallery Istanbul) will provide a view of cultures from across the globe. Artists including poet and playwright Inua Ellams and Paula Varjack, a multi-disciplinarian across poetry, film and performance will bring experiences from the creative front line. Inspiring developments from the domestic non-arts sector come from Ed Williams, CEO of international communications consultancy, Edelman and Honor Rhodes, OBE of Tavistock Centre for Relationships.
    Check out the full list here.
  • Announcing the first contributors for NB2017

    Never before has it been trickier planning a conference that aims to provide a platform for voices speaking to themes relevant to issues facing all of us! Throughout 2016, the rapid change of life in the UK and globally, whether driven by politics, war, socio-economics, the environment or technology, continues to permeate through society. We are all living in a world of unknowns and our aim, as ever, at No Boundaries is bring a diverse range of contributors together over two days to offer provocations and perspectives that enable delegates to take stock of what is happening now, and what might well be required in the future.

    To this end, we are very pleased to reveal our first line-up of contributors, which can be found here. Standby for further line-up announcements over the next few months – we look forward to seeing you at No Boundaries in either Manchester, Hull or online next March 2017.

  • No Boundaries is on-sale now!

    We are now on-sale via our booking page, which includes the application process for early career/emerging artists who are interested in our bursary delegate passes.

    We try to be as open and honest as possible about our plans for No Boundaries, and the reasons we make decisions, and to this end we wanted to share some of the thought process about our pricing policy.

    We recognise that there are very few people who work in the cultural sector that have a never-ending budget for attending conferences, so we think having different tiers of delegate passes priced according to the amount of public subsidy received is the fairest way of managing affordability (with independents and other areas in separate tiers). We also have a set number of passes within each price band to ensure that there is a balance of delegates from all shapes and sizes within the arts and cultural sector.

    Attendance is capped at 250 per location. The theatres in HOME and Hull Truck can fit more people than this in, but we want you to have a high quality, relaxed conference experience and we think that by limiting numbers we increase the chances you will be able to better network and reduce the risk you’ll be constantly queuing for everything.

    Based on feedback from the last conference (which sold out), we are trying a slightly new approach to ticketing this time around with the aim that we can better manage demand and support greater access to the conference for a wider range of delegates. We are releasing delegate passes in waves rather than all at once so today’s on-sale has limited availability across the pricing tiers with the upside that by booking now you will purchase the first wave of passes at the cheapest possible rate.

    If we sell out of the first allocation of delegate places, it is worth noting that on 22 Nov 2016 we will release the next wave of passes.

    If you have any questions or feedback get in touch on

    Jonathan, 19 Sep 2016