AN innovative series of seminars has been put together as part of this year’s XpoNorth festival aimed at helping tourist businesses to flourish both economically and creatively.

Speakers including Michelle Fisher, of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Arwen Fitch, head of communication for the Tate Gallery’s newest building in St Ives, and Joe Gibbs, who founded Belladrum, one of Scotland’s biggest and most sustainable festivals, will share their experience and explore new ideas through a series of sessions on the June 28 at Eden Court, Inverness.

Clive Gillman, director of creative industries at Creative Scotland, who will introduce the day, said:

“We know that places are enriched by cultural experiences, and we’re keen to explore how our creative industries can share their work with visitors and build meaningful relationships that enable them to flourish both economically and creatively.”

The complete XpoNorth Festival takes place across June 27-28 in Inverness and is free. You can register for tickets via Eventbrite and the full programme can be found at