Stella Hall, Festival Producer (chair)

Stella Hall, FRSA, is a freelance Festival producer with a passion for connecting people and place through culture. She co-founded the Green Room, Manchester’s first arts centre and has worked in a number of high profile roles since, including Director, Warwick Arts Centre and Head of Culture, Queen’s University/ Festival Director, Belfast Festival at Queen’s. She came to the North East in 2005 as Creative Director and Deputy Chief Executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, running the Culture10 programme of events across the region until it ended in 2010. She then became Festival Director of the year-long Preston Guild 2012 celebrations for which she received an Honorary Fellowship from University of Central Lancashire.

Freelance since 2013, she is the founding Festival Director of the Festival of Thrift which began in Darlington and is now in Redcar. It has twice won Best Event Teesside, Tourism England’s Best Event NE in 2016 and the Observer Ethical Award for Arts and Culture.

In 2014/15 she was an inaugural “Canny Creative” advising the British Council on Arts programme development and international connections in Turkey, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Alongside regular consultancy on Festivals and events she passes on her knowledge by mentoring young professionals across the UK.

Stella is currently Vice Chair Wildworks Theatre, Cornwall, ISIS Arts, Newcastle and Artsadmin, London and a Board member of Rosie Kay Dance.  She was a panel member for each of the last three REF exercises and is a Council Member of Queen Mary University, London.

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