Audiences at the Heart

Leeds, 13 — 14 July 2023

Audiences at the Heart

Leeds, 13 — 14 July 2023

Audiences at the Heart

Leeds, 13 — 14 July 2023

The AMA Conference social events offer you the chance to re-charge and build your networks 

This year delegates need to book their social and networking options as some socials have limited capacity and will be subject to availability.

You can explore an book all your choices below.

3 AMA team members having a drink & a chat

Welcome drinks

Arriving the night before Conference? Then why not join us at one of our small, themed, networking events?

A welcome drink is included in your AMA Conference ticket cost, with plenty of non-alcoholic alternatives avalable, and there will be opportunities to pay for any additional refreshments.

Taking place from 8pm – 9.30pm and hosted by the AMA and friends, it’s your chance to start building your Conference network before the main event kicks off on Thursday. Themes include:

Welcome drinks co-hosts include: Cog Design, Splitpixel Creative, Tessitura Network, The Audience Agency, Ticketsolve and Tixly.

First-timers networking

First time at the AMA Conference? Join some of the AMA team and our co-hosts Tessitura Network to meet some friendly faces and get to know a few people before the Conference begins. 

Location: The Wardrobe, 6 St Peter’s Square, LS9 8AH

LGBTQIA+ networking

Hosted by some of the AMA team, and our cohosts Splitpixel Creative, join us for a drink in a space dedicated to our LGBTQIA+ delegates. 

Location: Cuckoo, 37 Call Lane, LS1 7BT

Marketing & Comms networking

Interested in chatting all things Marketing and Comms? Join some of the AMA team and our cohosts Cog Design at this networking event for a first-night drink. 

Location: Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP

Networking for Introverts

If you’re not a natural networker, this meet-up is for you. The AMA will be hosting alongside Tixly at a Shuffleboard bar, with games to structure the networking around. Note: this social will require standing due to the height of the games tables, so is best suited to those who can stand unaided.

Location: Electric Shuffle, 123 The Headrow, LS1 5RD

Networking for Leaders

A networking event to support you in meeting with other leaders throughout the sector. AMA’s CEO, Cath, will be welcoming you to this event, along with our cohosts Ticketsolve.

Location: Lost and Found Leeds Club, 3 Albion Place, LS1 6JL

Digital and Social Media networking

Work in digital or social media, want to meet those who do, or just want to chat about the wonders and woes of social? Join the AMA team and cohosts The Audience Agency for a drink and a good natter.

Location: The Old Red Bus Station, 102 -104 Vicar Lane, LS2 7NL

Croissants laid out on a tray

Tessitura Network welcome breakfast

With an early start to the day, you’ll need some fuel to get you going. After registering you can head up to level 2 to join Tessitura Network for a welcome breakfast.

Get your caffeine fix and mingle with other delegates whilst you wait for your first session to begin.

No need to RSVP — everyone is welcome.

Start time: 9:00am

Location: Leeds Playhouse — Brooke room and bar area

Freelancers lunch

Are you a freelance marketer or interested in becoming a freelancer? Then why not head to the Brooke room at lunchtime to network with your peers?

This is an opportunity for you to discuss the highs and lows over some tasty food, making connections with others who understand what it takes to be an arts and cultural freelancer.

No need to RSVP.

Start time: 12:45pm

Location: Leeds Playhouse — Brooke room and bar area

Freelancers having lunch at Conference
4 delegates posing for a picture at a Conference social

Spektrix Ginterval

You’re invited to the Spektrix Ginterval at this year’s AMA Conference. Join us after the Keynote to sip, chat and let the day’s highlights settle before heading out for the evening.

No need to RSVP, just bring your glorious self.

Start time: 4:10pm

Location: Leeds Playhouse — exhibition space

A peek behind the ATG curtain

Join the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) for a peek behind the ATG curtain…

This is your chance to find out more about ATG and how they operate. Have a drink with the ATG team and discover what a future career with ATG could hold.  

This social includes a brief talk by Duncan May, Director of Producer Partnerships.

No need to book, just head to the City room after the Keynote.

Start time: 4:10pm

Location: Leeds Playhouse — City room

Two delegates talking at a Conference social event
Conference delegates at a social event

Summer Social at The Tetley

Celebrate the mid-way point of the AMA Conference at our Summer Social.

This year’s main event will take place at The Tetley, where delegates will be treated to a veggie/vegan BBQ.  

This is the social for you if you enjoy a lively atmosphere and would love to meet lots of people. 

The BBQ and a welcome drink are included in your AMA Conference ticket cost, and there will be a cash and card bar available for any additional refreshments.  

Start time: 7pm

Location: The Tetley, Hunslet Rd, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

Summer Exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute

This smaller social, sponsored by Art Fund, offers you the opportunity to network in a quieter environment. 

We’ll be heading to the Henry Moore Institute where you’ll have the chance to take a guided tour of ‘The Weight of Words‘ exhibition. 

Included in your AMA Conference ticket cost are drinks and canapes.

Start time: 7pm

Location: The Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AH

The front of the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, on a sunny day.
Image of Carriageworks Theatre

Julie the Musical at Carriageworks Theatre

For those looking for more entertainment and less chatting, this social could be great for you.

There will be a short meet up before the musical starts where you can have some food and a natter with fellow delegates before heading into the theatre to be thoroughly entertained.

Carriageworks Theatre presents ‘Julie: the Musical’ which tells the tale of the historical LGBTQ+ historical figure Julie D’Aubigny. Written by Abey Bradbury, Carriageworks Theatre says ‘JULIE: The Musical celebrates this extraordinary life, queerness and carving a place for yourself in a world not built for you’.

Networking & Food start time: 6:30pm
Musical start time: 7:30pm

Location: Millennium Square, Electric Press 3, Leeds, LS2 3AD

Salsa Dancing and Tapas night

For people perhaps looking for a different kind of social, join us for a Salsa Class and tapas at Casa Leeds.

Maybe sitting down all day at Conference has left you feeling the need to move your body a little bit? Now’s your chance! Casa Leeds has a bar so once you’ve finished your lesson and food you can stay and chat with the rest of the group or you can go your own way.

Start time: 7pm

Location: 6 Grand Arcade, Leeds, LS1 6PG

Group of people salsa dancing
A close up of a dinner table at a restaurant

Destination Dinners  

Our Destination Dinners are a brilliant way to network with a small group of people in a quieter setting, perfect for those looking for great dinner conversation.  

All food at the dinners will be included in your AMA Conference ticket cost.

Taking place in a selection of restaurants across Leeds city centre for up to 10 people each. Locations include:

Casa Leeds

Casa Leeds has a delicious, entirely Gluten Free, Latin American menu — ‘a Latin fusion of Colombian, Venezuelan, Peruvian and Mexican dishes derived from time honoured recipes’. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 6 Grand Arcade, Leeds, LS1 6PG

Eat your Greens

A fun and vibrant small farm to table restaurant serving simple, seasonal food on a sharing menu. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 42 New York St, Leeds, LS2 7DY

Viva Cuba

Enjoy a banquet of tasty tapas inspired by Cuban, Spanish and Latin American flavours sure to leave you full until breakfast! Viva Cuba is a tiny bit further out from the city centre, but we can put bookers in touch with each other to arrange taxi’s together for those who’d like to.

Start time: 7pm

Location: 342 Kirkstall Rd, Burley, Leeds, LS4 2DS

Bulgogi Grill

Bulgogi Grill sources local meats and seafood, which are seasoned in Korean spices and sauces and grilled at your table for a fun dining experience. Please note this menu isn’t suitable for vegetarian or vegan delegates. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: The Arena Quater, 9 Merrion Way, Leeds, LS2 8BT

House of Fu

House of Fu serves up delicious ramen, a selection of tasty sharing starters and some homemade goyza’s with lots of plant based options available. There’s a cocktail bar upstairs for those who aren’t ready to head back to their hotels straight after dinner! 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 15-19 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 6PU


A vegetarian and vegan Indian street food restaurant. Bundobust will serve their Bundo small plate combo platters to ensure you get to sample a bit of everything!

Start time: 7:30pm

Location: 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, LS1 5DQ

Lost and Found

Lost and Found offers refined recipes and sumptuous seasonal food made from scratch every day and designed to ensure a delicious dining experience. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 3 Albion Pl, Leeds, LS1 6JL


Tharavadu serves up delicious, authentic, Keralan dishes on a hugely varied menu. It has also been featured in the Michelin Guide for the last 5 years. 

Start time: 7:30pm

Location: 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds, LS1 5DQ

Friends of Ham

Friends of Ham specialises in fine charcuterie, cheeses and craft beer. Platters on top of platters will be served for you to share amongst the group, ensuring no one will go hungry. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available so no one misses out. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 4-8 New Station St, Leeds, LS1 5DL


A delicious local Thai restaurant with a wealth of options to choose from. With a recurring mention in the BBC Good Food guide, dishes here are certain to make your mouth water! 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 15 South Parade, Leeds, LS1 5QS

Image Credits:
1 — AMA Conference 2022 (c) AMA
3 — AMA Conference 2019 (c) Marion Botella
4 — AMA Conference 2018 (c) Brian Roberts Images
5 — AMA Conference 2018 (c) Brian Roberts Images
6 — AMA Conference 2019 (c) Marion Botella
7 — Image courtesy of the Henry Moore Institute

With thanks to our Sponsors

Lead Sponsors:

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Tessitura Network Logo
The Audience Agency Logo
Ticketsolve logo

Supporting Sponsors:

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Substrakt logo
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