What is Pacific Contact?
Now in its 37th year, Pacific Contact is the BC Touring Council’s annual tradeshow and booking conference for the performing arts.
It includes artist showcases, a contact room (tradeshow booths of artists and agent/managers) workshops, networking and a hospitality suite for late night fun.
Pacific Contact 2013 is 3 full days from April 5 to 7, 2013. The conference activities (workshop/networking, hospitality suite,contact room, meals, accommodation) takes place at the Hilton Vancouver, Burnaby, BC. The showcases are at the Michael J Fox Theatre, and at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. View Maps.
Who comes to Pacific Contact?
Delegates to the conference come from BC, across Canada and the US. They include performing arts and school presenters, facility managers, artists and agents/managers and government funding partners and industry representatives. On average, Pacific Contact attracts between 200 to 250 delegates each year.
Why Do Delegates Come to Pacific Contact?
Presenters come to Pacific Contact to book performances for their communities, organizations, schools, festivals and facilities. They come to the showcases at Pacific Contact to experience artists “live – on stage”. They get to see who is in the marketplace and the level of artistry available for touring. Artists, Agents and Managers come to sell their shows and book tours and to network with colleagues. Everyone comes for professional development, workshops, networking opportunities, hospitality, special meetings, presentations – and fun!
Showcases at Pacific Contact
Juried showcases are 15 minutes long at Pacific Contact. Music, Dance, Theatre and Variety acts are showcased for delegates who book for both adult and family audiences. There are approximately 18 showcases at the Michael J Fox Theatre and 8 showcases at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
Delegates come to the showcases at Pacific Contact to experience artists “live – on stage”. They get to see who is in the marketplace and the level of artistry available for touring.
In addition to juried showcases there are informal 5 minute pitch/perform sessions for artists/agents registered delegates who are not chosen from the juried showcases. These opportunities are on a first-come, first-served basis once registered as a 'contact room delegate'.
Online Registration for Pacific Contact is available November 19, 2012.
Visit http://bctouring.org/pacific-contact for information.