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28 Apr 2017
Museums Association announces Sissay and Martinez as keynotes for November conference

The Museums Association has announced the first keynote speakers for its November conference, with poet Lemn Sissay and comedian Francesca Martinez set to address this year’s delegation.

The MA conference and exhibition, which takes place in Manchester between 16 to 18 November, will welcome both Sissay and Martinez, who will speak about the theme of this year’s conference – ‘audiences; collections and workforce’.

Sissay is an associate artist at London’s Southbank Centre and the chancellor of the University of Manchester. He was the first poet commissioned to write for the 2012 London Olympics and has worked both in radio and television.

Martinez – a comedian and writer with mild cerebral palsy – took part in Exceptional & Extraordinary, a project led by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester that used the collections in museum to look at attitudes towards difference. Martinez is also a broadcast regular, appearing on both television and radio.

The full programme for this year’s conference will be available soon with further keynotes still to be announced. For more information and to attend, click here.



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04 Aug 2017
Well+Good founders Brue and Gelula to deliver millennial keynote at GWS
Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula, founders of US-based wellness media firm Well+Good, will deliver the keynote session at the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) in October.
01 Aug 2017
Merlin chief executive to deliver keynote address at IAAPA 2017
Merlin Entertainments CEO Nick Varney has been named keynote speaker for the 2017 IAAPA attractions expo in Orlando, Florida.
28 Jul 2017
Birmingham and Liverpool clear first hurdle in bid to host Commonwealth Games
Birmingham and Liverpool’s hopes of hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games are still intact after both passed the initial assessment phase in the UK city selection process.
28 Jul 2017
Piscina & Wellness to feature expanded wellness experience at Barcelona event
Piscina & Wellness Barcelona will feature an expanded “spa showroom” at this year’s event, thanks to unprecedented increase in the number of exhibitors at the trade fair.
26 Jul 2017
Global Wellness Summit announces three new advisory board members
Investment advisor Omer K Isvan, Gwinganna owner Tony de Leede, and spa entrepreneur Yoriko Soma have all joined the Global Wellness Summit’s advisory board.
26 Jul 2017
Cidesco reveals speaker line-up for World Congress in Mumbai
Ayurvedic specialist Dr. Kannan Nettath will be among the speakers at this year’s Cidesco World Congress and Exhibition, which will be held in Mumbai, India from 15 to 19 September.
14 Jul 2017
Disney reveals scale model of new Star Wars lands at D23
Disney has offered its most in-depth look at its upcoming Star Wars Land yet, unveiling a scale model of the attraction ahead of the D23 fan expo taking place this weekend in Anaheim, California.
12 Jul 2017
IOC: 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games hosts will be named at the same time
Both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games will be awarded to their respective hosts at the same time in an unprecedented move announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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