Author Priya Parker to headline free RECONVENE event

Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters, will speak at a two-day, free event to help event professionals prepare for the restart of live events.

Hosted by Eventbrite, the RECONVENE event will be held on 20-21 May 2021 online.

Priya Parker by Mackenzie Stroh

Alongside Parker, attendees will hear from Bob Wachter, chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF and Dayna Frank, board president and co-founder of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA). Eventbrite creators, including Radha Agrawal, co-founder and CEO of Daybreaker; Nora Abousteit, founder of CraftJam; and Lyndal Reed, head of strategy and operations for The Guardian Live, will also share their expertise at the event.

The RECONVENE programme is designed to help event creators of all types to navigate the shifting industry landscape and give them the tools and insights they need to successfully grow their audiences and adapt their content.

Day one of the summit will focus on public health safety and guidance, and day two is dedicated to hands-on activities with industry peers. The full RECONVENE agenda is available here.

According to a recent survey Eventbrite commissioned with YouGov, more than half the respondents (53 per cent) said they plan to attend both virtual and in-person experiences in the future, even when it is safe to gather again in person.

Eventbrite’s co-founder and CEO, Julia Hartz said the event aims to empower event creators and that the level of experiences that took place on Eventbrite in the last year proves the need and want for connection.

“Last year nearly five million live experiences took place on Eventbrite, proving that the pent-up demand for connection is real and will continue to fuel the experience economy as we come out of this global pandemic,” said Hartz. “As the world reopens and people gather in-person again, we want to celebrate, amplify and empower event creators as they reimagine and rebuild a new live events industry.”

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