Line-up announced for Culture Cares Conference 2021, including key note speakers Darren Henley & Ashley John-Baptiste

Derby Theatre, Plus One and Derby's Cultural Education Partnership are thrilled to announce the line-up of speakers and schedule for the Culture Cares Conference 2021.

In-Person and Online

This year's conference is now on sale and will take place both in-person at Derby Theatre and online on Tuesday 16 November, 10am - 5pm

If you attend online, you will be able to watch all speakers, performances and presentations via a livestream from Derby Theatre and attend breakout sessions on Zoom. 

Performance by Young People

The day features a brand-new performance co-created with care-experienced young people, commissioned by Arts Council England for this event.

Young people in the care system have something to say. They want us to know that they are more than just a case file written by someone else. This show will be a magical dive underwater where we meet the sea turtles who carry their stories on their backs and help to show the young people that they can be the authors of their own stories.

Culture Cares Plus One Performance

Photography by Chris Webb: Culture Cares Conference 2018 featuring attendees, Plus One participants, performance Leaving by Curious Monkey and performance Trust In Care by Nathan Geering.

Key Note Speakers

Speakers at this year's conference include: 

- Arts Council England’s Chief Executive Darren Henley 

- Acclaimed BBC broadcaster and presenter, Ashley John-Baptiste, who grew up in the care system from the age of four and was nominated for the Young Talent of the Year award at this year’s RTS Television Journalism Awards.

Sophie Willan - Award-winning actor, comedian and writer of Alma's Not Normal

Culture Cares Conference 2021 speakers Darren Henley and Ashley John Baptiste

Actor, comedian, award-winning writer, Sophie Willan


9am - 10am: Registration

10am - 10:15am: Official Welcome from Lucy & Sam (Plus One Ambassadors)

10:15am - 11am: Plus One Performance

11am - 11:30am: Break

11:30am - 11:50am: Key Note Speaker Darren Henley (Chief Executive, Arts Council England)

11:50am - 12pm: Presentation by Emily Bowman (Deputy CEO, The Mighty Creatives)

12pm - 12:30pm: Key Note Speaker Ashley John Baptiste (Journalist and Presenter)

12:30am - 1:30pm: Lunch 

1:30pm - 2:30pm: Breakout Session 1

2:30pm - 3pm: Break

3pm - 4pm: Breakout Session 2

4:15pm - 5pm: Sophie Willan, Final Reflections and Call To Action from Young People

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Breakout Sessions

The in-person sessions will be delivered by Leicestershire Cares, Curious Monkey, Ava Hunt Theatre, Plus One & Derby City Virtual School or Articulate.

The online sessions will be delivered by Blue Cabin and The Big House.

See below for more details on how to book in-person and online...

About Culture Cares

In response to the current Care Review (England), Culture Cares brings the cultural and care sectors together for insightful and lively conversations, presentations and workshops.

Together we will explore how arts and culture are making a positive impact and creating pathways in the lives of care-experienced young people.

The conference has been developed in partnership with partners of the Esmée Fairbairn Young People Leaving Care funding stream, including Curious MonkeyBlue Cabin and Articulate.

This is a radical investment programme with the aim of challenging and changing injustice and structural inequality for care leavers.  We are very excited that they will be joining us to lead many of our breakout sessions to share their approaches.  

Conference Prices

£60 for individuals

£100 for members of organisations and charities

£50 online conference

Please Note: only one ticket per booking can be purchased. For group bookings, each party member must be booked invidividually to allow all delegates’ choices to be selected.

How To Book: In-Person Conference, Lunch & Breakout Sessions

Book for In-Person

During the day there will be two Breakout Sessions, both in the afternoon at 1:30pm and 3pm.

For in-person bookings, you must choose two workshops to attend from the options available during these sessions. Early booking advised to secure your preferred choices.

To view the workshops available, download our Culture Cares Conference 2021 In-Person Workshop Guide:

- Download In-Person Workshop Guide as a PDF

- Download In-Person Workshop Guide as a Word Document

Once you have chosen, simply add your tickets to your basket and you will be asked to select your workshop choices through a drop-down menu.

Lunch will be provided at Derby Theatre for the in-person conference attenders. You will be asked to let us know of any dietary requirements when booking tickets.

How To Book: Online Conference & Breakout Zoom Sessions

Book for Online

The Culture Cares Conference can also be attended online, with all speakers, performances and presentations being livestreamed from Derby Theatre and breakout sessions held on Zoom.

For any online attendees, you will attend two set breakout sessions at 1:30pm and 3pm. You can find out more about the online workshops by downloading our Culture Cares Conference 2021 Online Workshop Guide:

- Download Online Workshop Guide as a PDF

- Download Online Workshop Guide as a Word Document

After booking, livestream and Zoom links will be sent nearer to the time.

Book Your Place

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