Live entertainment and its impact on Place and Property


Wednesday 20th April 2022
Live entertainment and its impact on Place and Property



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Wednesday 20th April 2022


8:30 am - 10:00 am


Webinar - online
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Online Webinar via Zoom

Date: Wednesday 20th April 2022 from 8.30am – 10.00am.


Animating our leisure and retail places has become vital to attract customers, drive revenues and create a sense of place in our venues and developments. A new breed of entrepreneurs is emerging who are bringing exciting and dynamic live events to open-air and enclosed spaces throughout the UK.

This webinar brings together some of the most forward-looking participants within this sector to examine its growth and contribution to our sector and the wider community.

The session will feature a presentation on best in class venues and places throughout the world and the UK, showcasing visionary developers and operators.

We will then be joined by a panel of industry trail-blazers in the sector to discuss its evolution and contribution to the wider leisure and retail market, as well as opportunities and challenges in the market.

Our Chair for the session is Kat Hanna – Kat is an experienced urbanist and researcher, and has worked in London politics, planning and policy for the past eight years. Her research interests include urban economies, transport, and the relationship between technology and the built environment. Kat has authored a number of reports and articles on urban development in London and regularly appears as a commentator on urban affairs across a range of publications, media, and events. She joined Lendlease in April 2019 as masterplan strategist for the 60 acre Euston over-site development. Her role focused on developing the masterplan vision and ensuring both the plan and the project.Kat is also the NLA Expert Panel member for the Science, Tech & Innovation programme #NLAInnovation


Our Panel:

Ruth Cayford – Head of Creative Industries and Culture Development, Cardiff Council

Ruth leads on Creative Industries and Culture Development in Cardiff, working in the economic development directorate in local government, to support culture led regeneration, placemaking and cultural events in the capital of Wales. Ruth has a special interest in the screen and music sector and leads on the work for UK Core Cities culture portfolio. She recently worked on UK Cultural Cities Enquiry, looking at how cities can better support and sustain culture across the UK. She leads on the Cardiff Music Strategy, working to further establish Cardiff as an international Music City, supporting all aspects of the music ecology from early years education, to industry. Ruth trained as an artist and uses her practice to help reimagine the city.

Simeon Aldred – Strategy & Founder at Broadwick and Vibration groups

Simeon is the Strategy & Founder at Broadwick and Vibration groups. He is a Place Strategy/Commercial Meanwhile specialist and a  festival owner and concert promoter, venue and property developer: various roles in each business. These days his role focuses on the creative and commercial parts of the Group, concentrating on group investments, projects and brand development.

Nick Morgan – Group CEO, We are Placemaking and We are the Fair

Nick is CEO of We Are The Fair and We Are Placemaking with over 23 years’ experience across large-scale Event Production, Licensing and Health & Safety within public realm, large scale events and festivals. He strongly believes that the ‘informal events’ industry, an industry that brings in over £5 billion a year, should be championed, developed and supported by Government. He is a regular speaker and facilitator of discussion on topics that include managing growth, independent festivals, The Experience Economy, Government advocacy, Placemaking, Licensing and Health & Safety and for The All Parliamentary Group for Events as well for NOEA, the NTIA, AIF and LAEOG.

Preston Benson, Founder – Really Local Group

Really Local Group is the UK’s fastest growing regeneration platform promoting the local arts scene through the provision of bespoke and contemporary high street community spaces. The group works in partnership with forward-thinking property developers, investors and local councils. With over 10 pipeline sites, there are have ambitious plans to expand across London and the wider UK.



Registration from 8.25am

Intro and Speaker presentations from 8.30am

Q&A with our panel from 9.15am

The event will start promptly at 8.30am

*Please note – our panelists confirm their availability in advance. If any of our panelists cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, we will use our best efforts to replace them, but cannot guarantee that all advertised panelists will always be in attendance.

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