The programme of events is part of the Evening Standard’s expanding live and virtual events business, ES LIVE.
Charles Yardley, CEO of the Evening Standard, commented, “Since 2020, the LIVE team has pivoted to produce innovative virtual events which demonstrated the value of staying connected remotely. However, now we are able to gather people together in person, we are seizing the opportunity to bring together our audiences at live events designed to reconnect Londoners, spark ideas, showcase innovation and celebrate success.”
The 2022 calendar builds on the success of ES LIVE’s 2021 events, including the London Rising virtual event series, a three-day celebration of storytelling at the Stories Festival in association with Netflix, the Big Comedy Night in association with Uber successfully making London laugh again, and London Minds a virtual mental health series in association with Movember.
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic and the subsequent closure of theatres, the prestigious Evening Standard Theatre Awards will return in November 2022 to celebrate the brightest talent in theatre.
Yardley added, “The past 18 months have been challenging for many sectors. In the absence of last year’s Theatre Awards, we created the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund, in partnership with the TikTok and the National Youth Theatre to continue our support of the next generation of theatre makers. Now, with the return of the Theatre Awards it will be a great honour to welcome back London’s brightest and boldest actors, writers, producers, directors and designers for an evening to celebrate their creative achievements over the past two years.”
The Evening Standard says that its LIVE roster of events continues to cater to its diverse audiences addressing topics from mental health to business ownership to the arts. This includes Progress 1000 where the capital’s brightest and most influential individuals will be revealed, as well as SME XPO a large-scale exhibition for fast-growing small to medium businesses, which is co-located at Olympia London with the Watercooler exhibition, which focuses on mental, physical, financial, social and environment health in the workplace. The LIVE team will also be announcing a series of events as part of the Evening Standard’s new major cross-channel initiative Future Cities, which will tackle the big ideas and challenges surrounding London’s green transformation.
The full line-up of events includes:
- The SME XPO and Watercooler exhibition - February 2022
- Progress 1000 - March 2022
- London Minds - May 2022
- Future Cities – Spring 2022
- New Homes Awards – June 2022
- Comedy Event – June 2022
- Stories Festival – September 2022
- Theatre Awards – November 2022
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