Brent Artist Network: How To Plan And Run Virtual Events

7 May 2020

A roundtable discussion with Brent-based artists and creatives sharing their experience and best tips for delivering events online.

About this Event

Under lockdown artists and arts organisations have had to quickly innovate to offer content, events, and community online. From virtual festivals to online dance parties or poetry slams and artist Q&As, the creative sector is entering new territory and learning as we go.

In this roundtable we’ll hear from three Brent-based artists who organise flagship creative community events and have successfully taken them online. They’ll share what’s worked for them, from the technical elements to audience engagement, to help others in the borough launch and manage their own virtual events.

What we’ll cover

  • How to choose the best tech for your event: Zoom, Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Youtube Premiere, chat forums, etc.
  • How to troubleshoot and anticipate blind spots: tech issues, safeguarding, access
  • Keeping momentum in a saturated online market: marketing and communication tips
  • Managing users and audiences in real time to create the feeling of a live event


We will hear from three Brent-based cultural leaders delivering virtual events:

Abdulla Mansour, Bring Your Own Bars Poetry

Bring Your Own Bars (BYOB) Poetry is a platform for spoken word poets across London to share their work and their words, and inspire the next generation of poets in Northwest London. BYOB has brought their poetry slams online to keep their poetry community going.

Andrea Queens, AQ Arts

AQ Arts is an independent arts company providing instruction in the performing arts and wellness. Founded by artist Andrea Queens, the company delivers classes and workshops across sectors from community based settings to educational and corporate. AQ Arts has brought a range of classes to their online studio, engaging students across different disciplines.

Turab Shah, Other Cinemas

Other Cinemas showcases independent cinema from black and non-white filmmakers by offering free community screenings in Brent, followed by Q&As with film directors, artists and producers. In recent weeks, Other Cinemas has been bringing the excitement of a community screening online through Youtube Premiere, followed by a video chat with filmmakers.

Brent Artist Network Online Series

The Brent Artist Network supports connection, collaboration, and resilience in the local cultural sector. From 7 May, the Brent Artist Network is going online with a weekly offering of free skills workshops, themed talks from artists and funders, Q&As, artist spotlights and regular sharing of artist opportunities. Future themes include art and social change, how to run and promote digital events, youth-led programming, art, self-care and well being, evaluation, branding and sponsorship. Follow the Brent Artist Network on Instagram and Facebook.


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This is an inclusive space that has zero tolerance for any racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, islamophobic, colonial or derogatory behaviour.