School of Performance and Cultural Industries

2023 annual conference

The TaPRA Annual Conference 2023 will be hosted by the University of Leeds, from Wednesday 30 August to Friday 1 September 2023.

The conference will take place on the university campus, with working group sessions and keynote talks held in seminar rooms and studios at the centre of the Leeds campus. The main plenary will take place in live streaming enabled Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre. Performances and some working group activities will make use of a variety of dedicated performance spaces. The conference dinner will be held in The Refectory, a beautiful contemporary venue at the heart of the main campus famous for its musical history. The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Bob Marley have all graced this venue with their presence and perhaps one of the most famous live recordings ever made, The Who Live at Leeds, was recorded here. On campus, accommodation is available during the conference at our flagship residence, Storm Jameson Court. Offering a 24 hour reception and access to a large social space this is an ideal place to stay. Guests of Storm Jameson are also able to make use of the on-campus gym and pool facilities at the recently renovated Edge Gym.

It will be a hybrid event, facilitating participation by online delegates alongside those attending in person. Since our conference in 2021, we have been able to experience many benefits of online conferencing, such as increased opportunity for international presenters, lower financial costs to participate, greater accessibility for those with caring responsibilities, etc. The 2023 conference at Leeds aims to retain the wider opportunities for engagement that online platforms offer, while also creating a space for in-person engagement and social interaction.

The conference programme will include:

  • Curated panels and keynotes for the whole conference
  • Parallel meetings of 13 working groups
  • Open Panels hosted by working groups
  • TaPRA Practice as Research gallery
  • Events for ECR and PGR
  • TaPRA Annual General Meeting
  • TaPRA Prizes Announcements 2023

In-person delegates will also be able to attend:

  • Wine reception
  • Evening performance
  • Publishers’ stands
  • Conference dinner

More information about the conference will be on the conference website coming soon.


The early bird registration fee will be:

£220 standard in person attendance
£120 concession in person attendance
£88 standard online attendance
£48 online concession online attendance

Prices will increase to the following after 23 June 2023:
£250 standard in person attendance
£150 concession in person attendance
£100 online attendance
£60 online concession attendance

The concession rate is available to all postgraduate researchers, unwaged, unaffiliated, and retired researchers, and staff on contracts of either less than 0.6FTE or else fixed for less than 12 months. These categories apply to the attendee’s circumstances on the first day of the conference.

All of the above conference fees include TaPRA membership for one year (£35 standard/£17 concession) starting 30 August 2023.

Conference dinner will cost £45 per person. You can book this when you register.

On-campus ​conference accommodation will cost £57 per night including breakfast. You can book this when you register.

Please register here:





Conference website

A dedicated conference website for TaPRA 2023 is available at


A full, detailed conference schedule is available to download here.


Registration has now closed.

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