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.

The welcome drinks will be co-hosted by our friends over at: Art Fund, Cog Design, CultureSuite, Society of London Theatre / UK Theatre, Tessitura Network, The Audience Agency, and Tixly.

Conference first-timers networking

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

Location: Oculist, 2 Boyce’s St, BN1 1AN

LGBTQIA+ networking

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

Location: The Walrus, 10 Ship St, BN1 1AD

Marketing & Comms networking

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

Location: Tempest, 159 Kings Rd, BN1 1NB

Networking for Introverts

If you’re not a natural networker, this meet-up might be the one for you. The AMA will be hosting alongside Tixly at a board-game cafe, complete with some friendly games-console competition. We’ll structure networking around a mix of games, to give a strong focus for the conversations.

Location: Loading Bar, Unit 11, Lower Promenade, Madeira Dr, BN2 1ET

Networking for Leaders

A networking event to support you in meeting with other leaders throughout the sector. The AMA’s CEO, Cath, will be welcoming you to this event, along with other senior members of the AMA team, and our cohosts Tessitura Network

Location: Redroaster at Brighton Dome, 29a New Rd, BN1 1UG

Networking for Museums and Galleries 

For our dedicated Museums and Galleries marketers, join the AMA team and our cohosts Art Fund for a welcome drink, and a good chat about all things Museums and Galleries. 

Location: Redroaster at St James Street, 1D St James’s St, Kemptown, BN2 1RE

Solo Marketer networking

Are you a marketing team of one? If you want to meet people who do what you do, and understand the wonders and woes of being the sole marketer in your team, this is the social for you? Join the AMA team and cohosts Society of London Theatre / UK Theatre for a drink and a good natter, and build a network of other solo marketers. 

Location: Permit Room, 32 East St, BN1 1HL

Freelancers lunch

Are you a freelance marketer or interested in becoming a freelancer? Join us to network with your peers over lunch in the Festival Bar at Brighton Dome.

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

No need to RSVP, all freelancers welcome.

Start time: 12:30pm

Location: Brighton Dome — Festival Bar (through the doors on the other side of the exhibition space)

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 on Thursday to sip, chat and let the highlights of the day settle before heading out for the evening.

No need to RSVP, just bring your glorious self.

Start time: 4:10pm

Location: Brighton Dome — Foyer Bar

Queer the Pier exhibition tour at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Join us on a limited-capacity tour of the Queer the Pier exhibition, run by co-curator Lisa Hinkins.

This community curated display peers into local LGBTIQA+ history. Celebrating the lives of the writers, artists, performers, activists and ordinary people who have made Brighton & Hove so fabulous, their stories are brought to life with film and photography, fashion and drag and oral histories.

Start time: 4:15pm

Location: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1 1EE

Conference delegates at a social event

Summer Social at Shelter Hall

Celebrate the mid-way point of the AMA Conference at our Summer Social, co-hosted by local Brighton agency Grandad.

This year’s main event will take place at Shelter Hall, a glorious food hall on the seafront with a terrace to enjoy the (*hopefully!*) beautiful sunny July evening.   

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

Your food 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

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. There may be additional costs for drinks, depending on the dinner you sign up to.

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

A close up of a dinner table at a restaurant

Terre à Terre

An early adopter of ethical ingredient sourcing and transparency in provenance, Terre à Terre has been pioneering vegetarian and vegan cuisine for over 30 years and is renowned for its bold and innovative cooking. This booking is for their tapas menu. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 71 East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HQ 

The Walrus

On historic Ship Street in Brighton’s famous Lanes, you’ll find the Walrus with its labyrinth of eclectically-decorated rooms and endless winding passageways. Offering a wide variety of dishes for all culinary tastes as well as pub classics.  

Start time: 7pm

Location: 10 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD 


Voted one of the top 50 restaurants in the UK by the Independent and the BBC, Moshimo is Brighton’s best-loved Japanese restaurant and known for its fresh and authentic approach. This booking is for a set menu of Miso soup, gyoza and a choice of katsu curry or teriyaki. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JS 


Donatello has been a family-run Brighton institution for nearly 40 years with close ties to the Brighton community and local arts and charities. Offering affordable, comforting Italian cuisine using top quality ingredients and 100% in-house cooking. This booking is for a three-course set menu that includes a glass of wine. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 1 – 3 Brighton Place, Brighton, BN1 1HJ 

Curry Leaf Cafe 

Serving the best in South-Indian cuisine and big on local craft beers – all with a focus on local suppliers – Curry Leaf Cafe’s offerings are designed to fill the belly and warm the heart. Inside you’ll find a colourful and laid-back dining space complete with vintage Indian design touches. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 60 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE 


Experience true Peruvian happiness at Kusikuy, where the essence of joy is found in sharing delicious cuisine. Celebrate this rich tradition of communal bonds via a menu consisting of diverse cultural influences and a rich tapestry of ingredients. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 16 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TL 

Mange Tout 

An independent bistro right in the heart of Brighton, Mange Tout is known for its commitment to quality fresh ingredients and relaxed social vibes. With a menu that changes weekly every dinner is a surprise! Here’s a sample menu if you’d like an idea of the food.

Start time: 7pm

Location: 81 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4EB 


The UK’s first vegan pizzeria, Purezza brings plant-based pizza to the masses without compromising on taste, quality or sustainability. From groundbreaking plant-based cheese to unique wholegrain sourdough, you’ll find it here first. Vegan pastas, salads and desserts are all available too. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 12 St James’s Street, Brighton, BN2 1RE 

Lucky Khao 

Specialising in northern Thai cuisine, Lucky Khao’s dishes are influenced by time spent working in restaurants from the Udon Thani region down to Bangkok. Come for the incredible food and stay for the cocktails, music and neon-nightlife vibe. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 1d St James’s Street, Brighton, BN2 1RE

Permit Room (by Dishoom)

Nestled in Brighton’s bustling Lanes, Permit Room is a tribute to the way that Bombay cuts loose. Local DJs will be on the decks to spin dance-floor-filling grooves as you tuck in to a delicious array of west-coast Indian treats. 

Start time: 7pm

Location: 32 East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HL 

Friday 4 July

Rubbish on a white sandy beach

Beach Clean at Brighton Pier

If you’d like a chance to meet other conference-goers for a morning of gentle socialising, whilst giving back to the local area and cleaning up Brighton beach, join us for a sunny morning of strolling along the beach.

Meet time: 7:45am

Location: Brighton Pier, Kings Road, Brighton BN2 1TD

Image Credits:
1 — AMA Conference 2022 (c) AMA
2 — AMA Conference 2019 (c) Marion Botella
3 — AMA Conference 2018 (c) Brian Roberts Images
4 — AMA Conference 2019 (c) Marion Botella
5 — Photo by Orry Verducci on Unsplash
6 — Photo by Brian Yurasits on Unsplash

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