Social Programme

Taking time out during the conference to relax and meet new people is important, that’s why we plan a range of social events for our delegates to enjoy, some during the breaks in the day and others in the evenings after sessions have finished. Below you will see details of what we have planned for 2023, check back nearer the time to find out more.

Monday 17 April

Welcome Reception - 17.30-19.00
Join us to celebrate the start of our 56th IATEFL Conference and Exhibition. IATEFL President, Gabriel Diaz Maggioli, and other special guests will welcome delegates to the event. It will be an opportunity to relax and meet other delegates as well as old friends.

Tuesday 18 April

First timers meet-up - 11.20-11.50, IATEFL stand in the Exhibition
If you have not attended an IATEFL Conference before, come along to the IATEFL stand in the Exhibition during the morning break on Tuesday 17 May. Meet with other first timers and IATEFL Trustees to learn more about the conference and make some new friends!

Introduction to Harrogate - 19.30-20.30
We will discover why guests have been flocking to the Beautiful Spa town of Harrogate for hundreds of years. Exploring the vital role that Harrogate played in defeating the Axis forces during the Second World War as well as talking about why Harrogate is still one of the most remarkable corners of England. 

Wednesday 19 April

International Quiz- 20.00-22.00
The popular quiz is back again! You’ll need a global team (you can come along and join one on the night!) with diverse interests and knowledge, a sense of humour and a desire to meet new people, have some fun, network and work together to score more points than any other team. Music, fun, drinks and nibbles, and the chance to be crowned quiz champions of Harrogate 2023.

Sharing Stories - 19.30-21.30
Stories Set Us Free
Join Storytellers David Heathfield from England, Alan Hall from Ireland and our special guest co-host Harry Kuchah Kuchah who would love to share a story or two with you from his Cameroon homeland here in Yorkshire where he lives. Feel free to come and listen and tell folk tales, myths and legends from oral cultures around the world as well as personal stories and anecdotes. You are invited to tell your story rather than read it aloud. Hearing each other's stories sets our hearts, minds, imaginations and the whole world free.
"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Brontë, Yorkshire author. 
David Heathfield is an international storyteller and the author of Storytelling With Our Students. He runs online Creative and Engaging Storytelling for Teachers courses. www.davidheathfield.co.uk
Alan Hall is a storyteller and English teacher from the Glens of Antrim, Ireland, who has a keen interest in Irish folklore.www.alanhallelt.com
Harry Kuchah Kuchah is a teacher educator from Cameroon who enjoys playing drums and telling African stories from his grandma’s repertoire

Thursday 20 April

Pecha Kucha - 18.45-19.45
Originating from the word “chitchat”, a Japanese term describing the sound of conversation, we again offer you a Pecha Kucha evening. Each speaker is allowed a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, giving a total presentation time of six minutes and forty seconds before the next speaker is up, keeping presentations concise and fast-paced. It promises to be as exciting as ever so don’t miss it!

Music Night - 19.45-21.15
"United We Sing!”
In a world divided, the musicians of IATEFL unite, come together, sing and make music. Songs of protest, songs of solidarity, songs of love - actually, any song you would like to sing. There are some amazing musicians among our number and this is your chance to be with us and enjoy the music around you.