Cultural Playing Field

Interviewing Nick Capaldi for Running Your Group by Robin Simpson
March 9, 2012, 3:48 pm
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On Thursday I was at the Arts Council of Wales in Cardiff to interview ACW Chief Executive Nick Capaldi in our first Running Your Group LIVE online event. The Arts Council of Wales is supporting the development of our Running Your Group online services in Wales and part of our agreement with ACW is a commitment to a number of online events with a Wales focus. This first interview also gave us an opportunity to test the technology and practice how these online events will work. Daniel and I arrived an hour before we were due to go live – but only managed to get a working internet connection with about five minutes to spare! Nonetheless we started webcasting on schedule at 2 pm and a small number of people from all corners of the UK joined us to watch the live video stream and contribute to the text chat. We had some problems with the sound – most people could see the video quite clearly but had great difficulty hearing us: we may need to invest in a better microphone. But apart from that the system worked and we were able to receive questions and comments from subscribers while we were webcasting. Nick Capaldi was a very easy person to interview – extremely eloquent, thoughtful and interesting – and very kind with some of my less than perfectly framed questions. Our discussion covered the issue of quality in relation to the amateur arts, the role of umbrella bodies, the Arts Council of Wales Investment Review and the National Assembly for Wales Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee inquiry into Participation in the Arts. Nick said some very supportive things about the amateur arts and Voluntary Arts Wales but I think I managed to push him on a few key points rather than giving him too easy a ride. You will be able to judge for yourselves as the full, unedited interview will shortly be available to watch again on the Running Your Group online events page (with enhanced audio!). We also plan to make the interview available as an audio mp3 file so you can listen to it on your ipod or mp3 player and we will be issuing a short video with some highlights from the interview on YouTube. Watch out for more Running Your Group LIVE online events soon.

Robin Simpson.

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