28 February - 3 March 2023

Creative UK’s annual festival is returning in 2023. Over four days we will be bringing together the UK’s finest, most inspiring creators, innovators, leaders and emerging talent to reimagine, redefine and reignite the future of our world-leading Creative Industries.

In-person Opening Gala and first speakers announced 

Creative UK presents the largest festival for the UK creative sector with a four-day programme of diverse events presented online from 28 February - 3 March 2023, bringing the creative industries together like never before.  

Creative Coalition Festival 2023 is a unique blend of inspiring talks and panels, live performances, practical workshops and networking opportunities - all streamed from across the UK, directly to our audience at home. A key moment in the creative industries calendar, this is our opportunity to come together as one to shape our collective future.

Opening Gala

Southbank Centre, London
5pm, 28 February 2023

Tickets £145 members*

Tickets £195 non-members

*Members receive an exclusive discount, find out more about membership here.

For the first time in Creative Coalition Festival history, we are launching the 2023 festival with an in person opening gala at London’s Southbank Centre on Tuesday 28 February. Join creative leaders and trailblazing talent from across the industry for an extraordinary evening of creative conversation, insight and performance. Hear an exploration into prevalent issues that face the sector from our headline speakers, Lily Cole and Rt Hon Lucy Frazer KC MP, followed by first-class performances from author and poet, Hollie McNish and 2022 BRIT Rising Star nominee, Lola Young.


FREE Virtual Festival
Wednesday 1 - Friday 3 March 2023

The inspirational Creative Coalition Festival is returning in 2023 with three days of FREE talks, workshops and performances from the best, brightest and most influential people in the UK and beyond.

Our speakers include Rt Hon Lucy Frazer, Alex McDowell R.D.I, Dharshini David, Kelly Valentine Kendry CDG CSA, Ada Enechi, Lucy Powell MP, Margaret Heffernan, Steve Bell, Sir Ian Livingstone CBE, Phil Rowley, Stephania Silveira and Maliha Abidi.


Buy your ticket to attend our opening gala at the Southbank Centre, London

Book Now


Sign up to attend our free, three day virtual festival

Book Now

Why Now?

In a such a rapidly-evolving landscape and economy, we need to come together with one voice to be heard loud and clear if we are to cultivate a world where creativity is championed, valued and fundamentally nurtured.

Creative talent is abundant in the UK but access to opportunity is not - yet. The future we are working towards at Creative UK will see opportunities opened up, seized, and nurtured to drive innovation, economic growth, job creation, and new communities across the country. Now is the time to collaborate and share ideas, develop innovative ways to navigate our new landscape and invest in our country’s future by investing in creative thinkers.

Why Attend?

The Creative Coalition Festival will be an experience like no other.

A key moment in the creative industries calendar and major event for Creative UK, we're here to provide inspiration from some of the brightest thinkers and innovators from across our industry. With 3 days of diverse content, there’s truly something for everyone. We’ll be hosting keynote speakers, live performances, industry roundtables, and insightful panel conversations. You’ll hear from those forging ahead and shaping our futures, and those who built the foundations, with opportunities to meet and collaborate with people across the whole breadth of the creative sectors.

We promise to bring you the most impressive creative festival line-up of the year, alongside the unique opportunity to expand your network across all creative sectors and across the whole of the UK.

Why Are We Different?

Creative Coalition Festival is the largest event in the UK that brings all creative sectors together in one place - across fashion, film, design, architecture, music, art, tech, games and all that's in between. Presented by Creative UK, we are taking advantage of our new virtual world to bring together speakers from across the whole of the UK and across the breadth of the creative industries. We are reaching further than we have before and incubating brand new, cross-sector relationships, we’re providing a stage where ideas can evolve and the future of our industry can be shaped.

Who Is It For?

Our festival is for everyone who is working in creative roles, supporting those who do, or who have an interest in the future of our economy and how the creative industries can impact our recovery.

We are a not-for-profit organisation that supports the growth of the creative industries with everything from policy and advocacy, to business support, to direct investment. Our festival is built with this in mind, our network spans right across the UK and includes individuals working in a huge variety of roles, from sole-traders working in traditional arts & crafts, local authority bodies and educational institutions, to FTSE 100 companies. Regardless of their size, all of our members and collaborators have the success of our industry at their core.

Sponsors & Partners