Conference Fringe

Getting you ready for the big conversations coming up at AMA conference 2019

Leading up to Rewire: Culture, Audiences & You AMACulturehive highlights some of the keynote speakers you can look forward to hearing from at Sage Gateshead.

Learn more about their work, passions and practices to get a sense of some of the many exciting ideas we can’t wait to dive into during conference.

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Alan Lane

Alan Lane

Alan Lane is Artistic Director at Slung Low. Founded in 2000 Slung Low is an award-winning theatre company specialising in making epic productions in non-theatre spaces, often with large community performance companies at their heart. Find his full biography here

Learn more about Alan:

Why is a theatre company opening a college to teach astronomy and cooking?

Theatre… should be the most exciting thing anyone can do with their time

Getting There From Here: How Slung Low are putting Holbeck on the road to recovery

 Tobi Kyeremateng
Tobi Kyeremateng

Tobi Kyeremateng

Tobi Kyeremateng is a Cultural Producer specialising in theatre, events & festivals and film. She has worked with organisations such as Bush Theatre, Apples and Snakes, Old Vic Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and more.

In 2018, she founded Black Ticket Project – a temporary initiative creating access to theatre for Black young people with low arts engagement.

Learn more about Tobi:

Theatre is what I love but it has a history of neglecting my stories

Stylist’s Inspiration of the Year

I See Theatre as Babylon

Dawinder Bansal
Dawinder Bansal

Dawinder Bansal 

Dawinder Bansal is an award-winning British producer and artist. She has a track record of creating brand new stage shows and immersive art installations by weaving South Asian cultural heritage and contemporary stories into her work.

More about Dawinder:

The Asian women who defied the driving taboo

Rinkoo Barpaga
Rinkoo Barpaga

Rinkoo Barpaga 

Rinkoo is a Deaf British born Theatre-Maker, who uses British and urban sign language. His one-man show, ‘Made in India Britain’  was showcased at Birmingham Rep.

Find out more about Rinkoo:


Can deaf comedy be funny for everyone?

DesiBlitz Interview

Melanie Eusebe
Melanie Eusebe

Melanie Eusebe

Melanie Eusebe is an entrepreneur, strategist and Chair of Black British Business Awards, with over 20 years experience as a Management Consultant, in a career working with some of the world’s biggest brands and largest organisations across 5 continents.

Find Melanie’s full biography here

More about Melanie:

How I Became an Entrepreneur

Why Everyone is Talking about Mentoring

Nadja Bellan White
Nadja Bellan White

Nadja Bellan-White 

Nadja Bellan-White is Chief Client Officer for Ogilvy across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East (EMEA).

Her client roster has included leading Global brands like American Express, Diageo North America, LVMH,Coca-Cola, Bharti Airtel, LG Electronics, RBS Citizens, IKEA North America and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — where she oversees a multi-disciplined behavior change program globally.

Read Nadja’s full biography here

Learn more about Nadja:

Profile on Mater Mea

Huffpost Adcolor Q&A

MSNBC: A Case of Knowing Her Value (video)

Lemm Sissay
Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay 

Lemn Sissay is a poet, playwright and broadcaster.

He was awarded an MBE for services to literature and is Chancellor of The University of Manchester and an Honorary Doctor from The University of Huddersfield, The University of Manchester and The University of Kent.

In 2018 he was made Poet Laureate of Canterbury.

Read Lemn’s full biography here

More about Lemn:

A List of Incredible Fostered, Adopted UK People

Making a Difference poem (video)