9th - 11th November 2020
There has never been a more important time to bring the creative industries together to do what we do best, to innovate and redefine our future.
This unique 3-day event brings together the UK’s finest creators, makers, leaders and innovators, at a time when we need it most, to reimagine, redefine and reignite our creative industries. Showcasing home-grown, world-class talent, Creative Coalition 2020 will be a blend of inspiring talks and panels, live performances, practical workshops and networking events - all streamed from venues across the country, directly to our audience at home.
With over 60 sessions across 6 stages and virtual spaces, you’ll hear from those forging ahead and shaping our futures, as well as those who built the foundations, with opportunities to meet and collaborate with people across the country. Creative Coalition 2020 offers the opportunity for real cross-sector networking using virtual venue software Hopin, with multiple interactive areas that are optimised for connecting and enabling people to meet each other.
This is a celebration of our achievements as an industry, and a place to discuss how we can shape our collective creative future, brought to you by Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation.
George "The Poet" Mpanga is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage. His innovative brand of musical poetry has won him critical acclaim both as a recording artist and a social commentator. 'Have You Heard George's Podcast?', the Poet's innovative audio series, has been hailed as a turning point in the form of podcasting, and went on to win five gold British Podcast Awards, including AudioBoom's coveted "Podcast of the Year".
June has enjoyed a 20‐year career, in which she has become one of the most recognisable faces of British television.. June is currently the Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC, having been appointed in the role in 2019. Acting as the broadcasting giants’ first ever Diversity Director, June will work to increase representation throughout the company and ensure that the BBC’s content reflects the public they serve.
Ruby Wax is a successful comedian, TV writer and performer of over 25 years. After a string of number one bestselling books, her much-anticipated And Now for the Good News…To the Future with Love brilliantly cuts through the overwhelming negative rhetoric and looks instead for the compassion in the rest of humanity and positive changes happening in key critical areas including education, business, food and technology.
One of Britain's most loved TV presenters and Blue Peter's longest-running female presenter. In 2018, Konnie signed a 3 book deal for a children’s series with Piccadilly Press. Konnie also co-wrote the second installment of the successful and critically acclaimed Channel 4 series Black Mirror. She is currently an ambassador for the Princes’ Trust and the British Asian Trust.
Steve McQueen is a British artist, director, and screenwriter who has garnered multiple awards for his art exhibitions and film work. He broke through into the mainstream film industry with his 2008 film, Hunger. His 2011 film, Shame, earned many accolades. McQueen's 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the 2014 Academy Award for best picture. His new series, Small Axe, premieres on 15th Nov 2020
Jefferson Hack is a creative director, curator and co-founder of Dazed Media, a global independent media company founded in 1991 that comprises print, digital and video brands AnOther, Dazed, Dazed China, Dazed Korea, Dazed Beauty, Dazed Studio and NOWNESS.
Bruce Daisley is a best-selling author and one of the UK's most influential voices on work culture. Previously he spent over a decade running Twitter and YouTube (the latter at Google) for Europe, leaving Twitter as its most senior leader outside of the US. Bruce runs the podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat and now spends his time championing reforms to workplace culture and working to find solutions to climate change.
Tim Davie became Director-General of the BBC on 1 September 2020. He is the 17th Director-General of the Corporation. Prior to this, Tim was Chief Executive of BBC Studios, the BBC’s principal commercial subsidiary. Responsible for creating and distributing leading British content globally; Tim led BBC Studios from April 2013. Whilst in the role, he oversaw the merger between the BBC’s production arm and BBC Worldwide, the Corporation’s distribution company, and was responsible for an annual turnover of over £1.4bn.
Imran is Head of Public Engagement at the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health by helping great ideas thrive. Imran leads Wellcome’s efforts in involving the public in its work, including bringing community groups, creative organisations, and social innovators into the research and health agenda, and supporting scientists to work directly with members of the public.
Liv is an award-winning journalist, cultural consultant, creative director, author and curator. She's also the founder of gal-dem, a media company committed to spotlighting the creative talents of women and non-binary people of colour. Liv's career spans audio, journalism and TV and film. She's worked in commissioning at the BBC where she developed and launched a strand spotlighting the history we aren’t taught in schools. Liv also works with brands both on and off the screen on a range of campaigns. She's fronted projects for brands including Absolut, Squarespace, Links of London, MAC and Google.
Elizabeth is the Senior Adviser to the Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board working closely with Government and across all sectors of the creative industries. After an extensive career in international financial markets and politics, Elizabeth has her own consultancy working in creative industries, tech, PR and public affairs and has worked with leading figures and organisations in this field.
Mya-Rose Craig, aka Birdgirl, is an 18 year old British-Bangladeshi naturalist. She is a passionate birder and environmental campaigner who works to encourage more young people into nature, particularly from Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) communities. She regularly gives talks, writes articles and has appeared on a number of panels and television programmes including Springwatch and Countryfile. Mya-Rose is founder and president of the non-profit organisation Black2Nature, which she set up at the age of 14.
Dan is best known for being the lead vocalist and principal songwriter in The Feeling. Their debut album, ‘TWELVE STOPS AND HOME’ sold over a million copies, whilst their second album, ‘JOIN WITH US’ reached the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts. The band’s 5th album was released in March 2016. He has written songs for a variety of projects ranging from TV (Theme to Beautiful People/BBC) to Ballet (3 with D/Colosseum London/Stuttgart Ballet/Joyce Theatre NYC)
The Creative Coalition festival is FREE to attend! Register below for your festival pass.
Right now is the time that we need these conversations to happen.
Our industry has evolved, momentum is gathering and we are ready to move even further forward. 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.
The Creative Coalition Festival will be an experience like no other.
Bringing together Creative England and Creative Industries Federation’s extensive networks, we will be providing inspiration from some of the brightest thinkers and innovators from across our industry. With 3 days of sector-leading content, there’s 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.
Creative Coalition 2020 will be the biggest event of year bringing all of the creative sectors together in one place - across fashion, film, design, architecture, music, art, tech, games and all that's in between. Held collaboratively by Creative England and Creative Industries Federation and taking advantage of our new virtual world, we are bringing 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.
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.