Magic Weekend Fields of Vision Symposium

Magic Weekend Fields of Vision Symposium – Saturday May 30th 2015 – St James’ Park Newcastle

Following the successful 2012 conference, Fields of Vision – the arts in sport, Rugby Cares, the charity of the Rugby League, has invited Fields of Vision to organise a symposium on Saturday May 30th during the Magic Weekend rugby league fixtures to be held at St James’ Park stadium in Newcastle. The Magic Fields of Vision Symposium on the arts in sport will accompany a contemporary dance performance as part of Rugby Care’s Join the Momentum project. There is no registration fee and a complimentary stadium place for the Magic Weekend matches held later during the day of the symposium will be available to all attendees.

The symposium proceedings are to take place on Saturday the 30th May from 11.00 to 15.45 (including lunch) and will feature guest speakers, and a discussion panel on the role of the arts in sport. A provisional programme is outlined below. The programme has been arranged to allow delegates to watch matches and enjoy the accompanying arts events.

Although free, registration is by invitation only –however if you wish to receive an invitation, please give details of your interest and contact


MAGIC WEEKEND – provisional schedule and programme*

11.00 – Gathering, welcome introductions

11.15 – Keynote speakers (x2) and questions

12.15 – Coffee

12.30 – Keynote speakers (x2) and questions

13.30 – Lunch

14.30 – Panel and open discussion

15.30 -15.45 – Closing summary

Invitation to visit exhibition and to view the Strawberry Corner/Fan Zone activities.

16.45 – Hull F.C v Hull Kingston Rovers.

18.30 – Joint the Momentum, contemporary dance performance on pitch, created by Company Chameleon.

19.00 – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors

*[Keynote speakers and Guest Panel Members include Franco Bianchini (Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning, Leeds Beckett University), Andy Burnham MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Health), Sarah Elston (Project Manager, Rugby Cares Contemporary Dance programme), Alison Clark Jenkins (Head of Combined Arts, Arts Council England), Sally Lockey (Manager of Great North Run Culture’s Million Project), Jim Parry (Visiting Professor in Philosophy of Sport, Charles University in Prague), Chris Rostron, General Manager of Rugby Cares), Jason Wilshire-Mills (former artist in residence, Wakefield RLC]

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