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

The main socials take place on Thursday 4 July, with various starting times. Delegates will have the option to choose either the Summer Social or a Destination Dinner as their main social.

Please note: some socials have limited capacity and will be subject to availability. Delegates will be contacted mid-June to book their social events, so book your Conference place today to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 3 July

Welcome drinks

Join one of our short networking events on Wednesday evening to connect with others before the Conference starts. We’ll be hosting small meet-ups across the city to give you a chance to meet and chat to others who have shared interests or roles.

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.

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.

The themes for the networking events are:

3 AMA team members having a drink & a chat

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.  

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. 

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. 

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

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.  

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.

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. 

Thursday 4 July

Freelancers having lunch at Conference

Freelancer lunch

Are you a freelance marketer or interested in becoming a freelancer? Then why not join us 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.

Spektrix Ginterval

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

No need to RSVP, just bring your glorious self.

4 delegates posing for a picture at a Conference social
A picture of Brighton Pier

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.

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.  

Conference delegates at a social event
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 and a delicious sit-down meal.  

Brighton is known for its incredible independent scene, and its restaurants are no different. We have ten tasty options for you, offering a variety of cuisines, so there’ll be plenty to choose from to suit all palates.

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.

Destinations include:

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. 

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.  


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. 


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. 

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. 


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. 

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.


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. 

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. 

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. 

Friday 5 July

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.

Rubbish on a white sandy beach

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1 — AMA Conference 2022 (c) AMA
2 — AMA Conference 2019 (c) Marion Botella
3 — AMA Conference 2018 (c) Brian Roberts Images
5 — AMA Conference 2019 (c) Marion Botella

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