Convene, Challenge, Connect is an accessible and imaginative sector development programme being delivered for the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Convene, Challenge, Connect has been co-created with the region's arts, cultural, heritage and community sector, and brings together our collective knowledge from across the region to deliver the programme, ensuring it is effective, sustainable and useful for organisations, community groups and freelancers.

The programme runs from July to October 2022 and includes a freelancer development cohort as well as a wide range of strategic and practical events, workshops, webinars and Q&As that will be open to all.

Explore the three strands of the programme:


Listen to the Convene, Challenge, Connect launch event, which took place on Zoom on Wed 20 July, 2022.

You can also download the accompanying slides here.


Generously supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.