The 27th annual CAPACOA Conference will take place in Halifax this year, bringing representatives from the arts presenting and touring sector from all over the country to the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel from January 21-24.
The theme is "culture of convergence" and although this event is pretty inside baseball regarding the professional commercial art world, there will be public showcases and performances at a variety of local venues for the duration of the conference, and that could be a great way to meet the folks who decide what arts programming takes place in a community. CAPACOA also provides the opportunities for presenters to do "block booking" of touring artists, thereby deciding what programming may occur throughout an entire region. Canadian arts presenters can wield a lot of power, as they have an instrumental role in shaping the cultural landscape in our country.
There will be over 250 presenters, agents, managers, artists and other performing arts professionals at the conference, networking away. CAPACOA is encouraging delegates to program showcases at a number of venues (click to see the list) so that they might win over influential arts presenters' hearts.
The CAPACOA conference keynote speaker is Richard Evans and the conference will feature an interview with Natalie MacMaster. This is the first time the conference will take place in Halifax.