Meetings of like-minded creative professionals have the ability to change both culture and business - but many events can't fuel change.

This article titled “Arts conferences: too much talk and no action?” was written by Eleanor Turney, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 23rd August 2011 15.32 UTC

Arts organisations are great. They do amazing, life-changing work on tiny budgets. They build community cohesion, reduce criminal reoffending, help young people learn new skills. The arts combat depression, dementia and loneliness. But you knew that. That’s why you’re reading this. And if you attend an arts conference, it’s pretty much a given that you already support the arts, most likely work in the arts, and are passionate about creating and supporting great art. So you also don’t need convincing that a speaker’s organisation does good work.

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