Creative Coalition Virtual Festival | November 9-11

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Festival Programme

We have a jam-packed three days with more than 50 different events. Explore the full programme here and plan your visit.

Tuesday 1st February 2021

10:00 – 10:25

Welcome to Creative Coalition 2022

The Summit
Open Access

Welcome to Creative Coalition 2022. Join Caroline Norbury and host Swarzy Macaly in opening three days of inspirational forward thinking.

Swarzy | TV & Radio Presenter

10:30 – 11:25

Reimaging the Landscape, Resetting the Narrative

The Summit
Open Access

How we can collectively reimagine our narrative, take control of our own stories and, empower and support others to take up space?

11:25 – 11:40

Performance: GAIKA

The Summit
Open Access

Musician and artist GAIKA fuses grime, dancehall, R&B, and hip-hop, with lyrics questioning political systems and social injustice.

11:40 – 12:35

Cultural Change Starts with Us

The Summit
Open Access

Join leading creative institutions as we explore the need to look within to create cross-industry impact and change.

Briana Pegado | Co-Director, We Are Here Scotland CIC

Brought to you by The BFI

12:40 – 13:25

Pigeonholed

The Summit
Open Access

Our Pigeonholed series interviews some of the most ground-breaking creatives in the UK, who refuse to be put in a box.

13:25 – 13:40

Performance: Kimmy Beatbox

The Summit
Open Access

A performance by one of the UK’s top beatboxers and is a driving force of street style and culture, Kimmy.

13:40- 14:35

How to Sustain a Movement: Punks, Poets, Rebels

The Summit
Open Access

Join the conversation with activists pioneering change across the creative industries.

Brought to you by TikTok

14:50 – 15:45

A Case for Creativity

The Summit
Open Access

Creativity is the answer to reimagining the future. It is vital to all of our lives, from our wellbeing to our economy. How can we make the case for creativity as a tool for tomorrow’s discoveries, innovations, and experiments?

Brought to you by Audience of the Future, UKRI

17:00 – 17:55

Sky Arts Hour

The Summit
Open Access

Join Sky Arts each day for an interactive hour of workshops, masterclasses and talks with leading creatives.

Brought to you by Sky Arts

18:00 – 18:55

Creative Coalition Networking

Social District
Open Access

Let yourself be seen. Connect with people, ignite fresh ideas, and find the teams to transform those ideas into opportunity.

Wednesday 2nd February 2022

10:00 – 10:55

Rethinking the Economy

The Summit
Open Access

How can we rethink and redesign our economy, our values and our investments for a fairer, more prosperous world?

11:00 – 11:55
12:00 – 12:55

Freelance Champions

The Summit
Open Access

One in three creatives are freelance. How do we make sure freelancers are supported, protected, and enabled to thrive?

13:00 – 13:55

Pigeonholed: Jed Mercurio

The Summit
Open Access

Our Pigeonholed series interviews some of the most ground-breaking creatives in the UK, who refuse to be put in a box. Featuring the leading television writer and showrunner, and creator of Line of Duty, Jed Mercurio.

14:00 – 14:55

Breaking Down Barriers

The Summit
Open Access

We’re still putting barriers in front of disabled artists and workers. How can we create better ways of working that provide equality to all.

15:00 – 15:55

Black Lives Matter, What Next?

The Summit
Open Access

Black Lives Matter shone a light on institutional racism, how can we now sustain meaningful change in the creative sector?

Ammo Talwar | Chairman, UK Music Diversity Taskforce

Dr Joanna Abeyie MBE | Founder and CEO, Blue Moon

Yaw Owusu | Creative Consultant, The Playmaker Group & Senior Manager, POWER UP

June Sarpong | Director of Creative Diversity, BBC

16:00 – 16:55

Eradicating Bullying & Harassment

The Summit
Open Access

We explore why bullying and harassment is still so prevalent across the creative industries. What are its impacts? How we can eliminate it?

Rebecca Ferguson | Singer-Songwriter

Dame Heather Rabbatts | Chair, Times UP UK

Sharon Lloyd Barnes | Commercial Director and Inclusion Lead, Advertising Association

Caroline Norbury | CEO, Creative UK

Leanne Maskell | Author of ‘the Model Manifesto’, Model & Coach

Jennifer Smith | Head of Inclusion, BFI

17:00 – 17:55

Sky Arts Hour

The Summit
Open Access

Join Sky Arts each day for an interactive hour of workshops, masterclasses and talks with leading creatives.

Chris Pensa | Street Art Expert & Creator of Street Art On Skates

18:00 – 18:55

Crew Night Quiz: The Ultimate Film & TV Quiz

The Summit
Open Access

So you think you know your film and tv trivia? Want to win some fantastic prizes? Join us to battle your way to victory!

Gary Lunt | Quizmaster

11:10 – 12:05

Freelancers in Mind

The Factory
Open Access

If you are a freelancer, join us as we discuss ways to support good mental health whilst navigating your freelance career.

Alison Grade | Author, The Freelance Bible

Sarah McCaffrey | Founder of Solas Mind, Psychotherapist MBAP

Brought to you by The Freelance Bible & SOLUS

12:00 – 12:55

Breaking In

The Factory
Open Access

Calling all aspiring creatives! Join experts in guiding you to turn your creative passions and piqued interests into sustainable careers.

Brought to you by School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University

14:10 – 15:05

Building Britain’s Creative Powerhouses of the Future

The Factory
Open Access

How can homegrown creators capitalise on international opportunities? Let’s talk investment, business models, embracing technological change!

Brought to you by Argonon

15:10 – 16:05

The Future of Creative Education

The Factory
Open Access

The Department of Education ranks creative subjects as low strategic importance. So what are the skills of the future?

Flo Parker | Portfolio Lead for Art and Design, FutureLearn

Dr Paul Thompson | Vice-Chancellor, Royal College of Art

Brought to you by FutureLearn

16:10 – 17:05

Investing in the UK’s Future Workforce; Why Creativity Matters

The Factory
Open Access

How can we better evidence the value in creative skills, in both the creative industries sectors and beyond, and make a stronger case for investment?

Brought to you by The Open University

10:20 – 11:15

Fundamentals of Starting a Creative Enterprise

The Factory
Open Access

The foundations of setting up your company – from protecting your IP, the key financial metrics to measure and how to fund your ambitions.

Erica Wolfe-Murray | Director

Brought to you by Creative Enterprise

11:20 – 12:45

Meet the Mentors

The Factory
Open Access

Dragon’s Den but for business! Five innovative companies will pitch to our panel of expert mentors.

Brought to you by Elevate

14:20 – 15:15

Meet the Money

The Factory
Open Access

Are you looking for the funds to take your project to the next level? Investors, grant givers, and sponsors will reveal all.

Brought to you by Elevate

16:20 – 17:45

From Solid Foundations to a Starling Exit

The Factory
Open Access

Want to scale up your enterprise? Look no further – we’ll cover recruitment, company culture, and diversifying income routes.

Brought to you by Creative Enterprise

Thursday 3rd February 2022

09:00 – 09:55

Designing a Greener Future

The Summit
Open Access

Creativity will design a greener future for everyone by imagining a world that does not yet exist. The big questions – how, and when? Here.

Livia Firth | Creative Director & Co-Founder, Eco-Age

Malath Abbas | Creative Producer / Game Designer, Biome Collective

Love Ssega | Artist & Musician

Brought to you by Design Council

10:00 – 10:55

Culture and the Climate Emergency

The Summit
Open Access

Streamed from the Rainforest Biome at Eden Project, Cornwall, explore how leading Creative Practitioners approach making work about the Climate Emergency

Sir Nicholas Serota | Chair, Arts Council England

Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg | Artist

Matt Hocking | Founder & Creative Sustainability Officer, Leap

11:00 – 11:55

How to Fix the Planet

The Summit
Open Access

Exploring change-making ideas which are transforming our world and tackling our biggest global challenges.

Brought to you by Zipcar

14:00 – 14:55

Democratisation of Culture?

The Summit
Open Access

Digital technologies are revolutionising the creative industries – bridging barriers and broadening opportunities for the next generation.

Simon Walker | Innovator

Gus Casely-Hayford | Director of V&A East

Brought to you by Marquee TV

16:00 – 16:55

NFTs On Screen

The Summit
Open Access

NFTs and their future as a new way to finance, distribute and monetise your screen projects.

Brought to you by Paus TV

17:00 – 17:55

Sky Arts Hour

The Summit
Open Access

Join Sky Arts each day for an interactive hour of workshops, masterclasses and talks with leading creatives

Brought to you by Sky Arts

09:00 – 10:00

Atlas Cymru

The Factory
Open Access

Putting the creative industries on the map – Introducing the Creative Economy Atlas Cymru

Dr Marlen Komorowski | Senior Researcher and Impact Analyst

Brought to you by Creative Cardiff

11:10 – 12:05

How can culture engineer the levelling-up agenda?

The Factory
Open Access

What interventions, partnerships and investments are required to lay the ground for a thriving cultural centre in regional towns and cities?

Brought to you by the Cultural Development Fund Network

12:10 – 13:05

Creative Innovation Engine

The Factory
Open Access

Showcasing the innovative cross-sector projects born out of the West Midlands – inspiration for creative SMEs experimenting with new tech.

Brought to you by Create Central

13:10 – 14:05

The Call for Crew

The Factory
Open Access

The UK wide Skills Review is underway – how can we develop a fully diverse and sustainable workforce across the country?

Neil Peplow | Director of Industry and International Affairs, BFI

Hayley Armstrong | Head of Production Services, Filming in England

Alison Small | Creative Grow UK, Netflix

Gareth Ellis-Unwin | Head of Film and Animation, ScreenSkills

Kevin Blacoe | Head of Partnerships and Skills, Nations & Regions, Channel 4

Brought to you by Filming in England

14:10 – 15:05

Creating cultural centres through the grassroots and from the ground-up

The Factory
Open Access

What opportunities are there for the creative community to get involved at local level in initiatives like the Cultural Development Fund?

Brought to you by the Cultural Development Fund Network

15:10 – 15:40

Staying Motivated

The Factory
Open Access

Explore your creative motivations with Sharath Jeevan, author of Intrinsic, a manifesto to reignite our inner drive.

Sharath Jeevan | Executive Chairman, Intrinsic Labs & Author of “Intrinsic”

Brought to you by WardWilliams Creative