Creative Coalition Virtual Festival | November 9-11

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Festival Programme

We have a jam-packed three days with more than 60 different events to enjoy and take inspiration from! Explore the full programme here…

Monday 9th November 2020

11:00 – 11:10

Welcome to Creative Coalition 2020

The Summit

Our host Sophie Morgan welcomes delegates to the Creative Coalition 2020 Festival.

11:10 – 11:25

Creative Coalition Festival 2020 Opening Keynote

The Summit

Join Caroline Norbury to look back on 2020 (phew) and throw open the doors to 3 days of inspirational forward thinking.

11:25 – 11:40

Political Keynote

The Summit

A message from The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport addressing our festival delegation.

11:45 – 12:30

Reimagining the Landscape, Resetting the Narrative

The Summit

What a line-up! June Sarpong, Liv Little, Tawiah and our CEO Caroline Norbury discuss how we can collectively reimagine our narrative, take control of our own stories and, where we have privilege, empower and support others to take up space. 

12:30 – 12:45

Performance: Tawiah

The Summit

With a well-earned reputation as an alt-soul trailblazer, Tawiah delivers frank, autobiographical songs and performs in a distinct, exciting style.

12:45 – 13:20

How to Start a Movement

The Summit

UK creative industry czar Jefferson Hack meets 18 year old ornithologist and equal-rights activist, Dr. Mya-Rose Craig aka BIRDGIRL.

13:20 – 13:40

Keiken: World-building and merging the physical and digital

The Summit

Keiken will discuss and showcase how they are merging the physical and digital – the phygital.  From building virtual worlds to augmented reality filters, they reflect on the present as though now is history and imagine new futures

13:40 – 14:00

Performance: George the Poet

The Summit

Critically acclaimed spoken-word artist, poet, rapper and social commentator George the Poet gives a live performance.

14:00 – 14:45

In Conversation: Sir Steve McQueen, interviewed by Konnie Huq

The Summit

Join us as much-loved presenter Konnie Huq and esteemed writer and director Sir Steve Queen for a special in-conversation session to discuss some of his personal experiences within the creative industries, his journey through a variety of different disciplines, and some of his hopes for the future of our industry.

14:45 – 15:15

Performance: Abel Selaocoe

The Summit

Abel redefines the parameters of the cello, moving between genres and styles, working with world musicians and beatboxers. Not to be missed!

15:15 – 15:45

Performance: Emma Dennis-Edwards

The Summit

Angelique, 17, dreams of being a florist. Part poetry, part play, Emma Dennis-Edwards delivers a monologue from award-winning Funeral Flowers.

15:45 – 16:45

A Case for Creativity

The Summit

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 sure the rest of the world knows it?

17:00 – 18:00

Sky Arts Hour: Innovation Workshop

The Summit

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

Brought to you by Sky Arts

17:00 – 18:00

Swamp Motel Present: Plymouth Point

The Summit

Love true crime drama? Not quite ready to call it a day? Grab yourself a drink and get involved in immersive detective game, Plymouth Point.

Brought to you by Swamp Motel

19:00 – 19:45

Swamp Motel Present: Plymouth Point

The Summit

Love true crime drama? Not quite ready to call it a day? Grab yourself a drink and get involved in immersive detective game, Plymouth Point.

Brought to you by Swamp Motel

Tuesday 10th November 2020

09:00 – 09:55

Reflecting on 2020, Discussing what’s Next: Tim Davie CBE and Stephanie Flanders

The Summit

Hear from the BBC’s Director-General Tim Davie and Head of Bloomberg Economics Stephanie Flanders as they explore the state of the nation.

10:20 – 10:55

£1.57bn – What next? Pt2

The Summit

After an initial sigh of relief and a government-sanctioned tweet, what’s next for the CRF? Hear from the designers and executers.

11:00 – 11:55

Beyond Brexit: International Opportunities

The Summit

Let’s forget the ‘B’ word for a moment. How can we keep thinking internationally so our creative industries can continue to thrive globally?

11:10 – 12:05

Growing Pains

The Factory

The challenges of driving growth. What insight can successful business leaders offer to help us navigate that tricky post-startup stage?

11:20 – 12:15

The Future Is Freelance

The Factory

Practical strategies to redefine your freelance career in a world turned upside down.

Alison Grade

Samantha Thodhlana

Eleanor Tweddell

Hayley Pepler

Mark Astle

Jodie Humphries

Brought to you by The Freelance Bible

11:20 – 12:15

Levelling Up: Culture for a Conceptual Emergency

The Factory

12:00 – 12:55

Meme Makers or Rule Breakers?

The Summit

A lively debate between rightsholders and those at the vanguard of novel content creation. Chaired by resident voice of reason Mark Nichols.

12:10 – 13:05

Superheroes of Sustainability

The Factory

Nothing lasts forever, certainly not at the pace we’re going. Industry shapers share the steps to make sustainability a priority.

12:20 – 13:15

Getting Back to Business Around the World

The Factory

How are our creative allies across the world navigating 2020? Hear some inspirational and innovative approaches to best practice.

Elizabeth Diaferia

Serin Kasif

Hugo Wheeler & Julia Gardener

Victoria Siddall

Brought to you by Ward Williams Creative

12:20 – 13:15

Investment Advice: Drop In and Meet the Team

The Factory

Need some bespoke advice on your business finances? Drop in and speak to one of our experts during this session.

13:00 – 13:55

Pigeonholed: George the Poet, interviewed by Konnie Huq

The Summit

Join Konnie Huq as she interviews industry heavyweights for our new podcast series Pigeonholed: Creatives Who Refuse to be Put in a Box.

14:00 – 14:20

The Magic of Creative Teams: Bruce Daisley Keynote

The Summit

How do we harness creative power in teams working remotely? Join best-selling business author and podcast host Bruce Daisley to find out!

14:10 – 15:05

Create Central: Home of Original Storytelling

The Factory

Creative content leaders in the West Midlands talk about working during lockdown in one of the country’s most innovative regions.

14:20 – 14:55

The Future of the Workplace

The Summit

What does our new workplace look like? Following on from Bruce’s keynote we’ll be talking about getting the most from our new working landscape, opening the door for others and seizing unexpected opportunities

14:20 – 15:15

Crowdfunding for Creatives

The Factory

Bertie Herrtage discusses getting the most out of Crowdfunding, how they offer millions in match funding, and how to rally customers.

14:20 – 15:15

Innovation in Storytelling

The Factory

How are storytellers using innovative technology to find new ways to share their narrative? How can innovative practice help your business?

15:00 – 15:55

Should Access to ‘Culture’ be Free?

The Summit

Which bits of our creative industries could (or should) be open access? And which bits justify their fee? What barriers do paywalls create?

15:10 – 16:05

Multiple Towns, Maximum Impact

The Factory

As the creative diaspora continues to migrate from major towns and cities post-Covid, how will this affect our understanding of creative clusters? While the big creative clusters in major metropolitan areas continue to dominate the headlines, new creative clusters are springing up around smaller towns across the UK with shared ideas, characteristics and development goals.

15:20 – 16:15

Say What You Want To Say!

The Factory

Emotive onscreen storytelling has the power to incite societal change. How can you stick to your guns, and why is it important to do so?

15:20 – 16:15

Meet the Creative Enterprise Team

The Factory

Meet the team behind the Creative England initiative designed to take ambitious entrepreneurs in screen industries on a journey to growth.

Brought to you by BFI

16:00 – 16:55

Cultural Placemaking: The Urban Renewers

The Summit

How have creative and cultural institutions evolved from being the beating heart of a community to the engines of heritage and culture-led regeneration?

16:10 – 17:05

Ethics, Morals or Ego – Who Run the World?

The Factory

The future is ethical, and your ego is getting in the way. How to prepare your organisation and yourself for this brave new world.

16:20 – 17:15

Pushing Past the Pandemic

The Factory

With 80-90% of UK Film & TV back in production, what’s the current state of play? Why is recovery vital for creating opportunities?

16:20 – 17:15

Creative Enterprise Showcase

The Factory

Interested in taking part in the Creative Enterprise programme but not sure what to expect? Hear from some of the success stories.

Brought to you by BFI

17:00 – 17:55

Sky Arts Hour: Street Art Masterclass

The Summit

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 – 18:45

Pigeonholed: Dan Gillespie Sells, interviewed by Konnie Huq

The Summit

Join Konnie Huq as she interviews industry heavyweights for our new podcast series Pigeonholed: Creatives Who Refuse to be Put in a Box.

18:00 – 18:45

Creative Sector Networking

Social District

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

19:00 – 19:45

Keiken: A Call to the Future

The Summit

How better to wrap up day two than with cross-dimensional collaborators Keiken who merge physical, digital, online world building and augmented reality.

Wednesday 11th November 2020

09:00 – 09:55

The Leading Women

The Summit

Only 5% of FTSE 100 CEOs are women, and don’t get us started on the pay-gap. Our line-up of female bosses tell us what it’s like at the top.

10:00 – 10:55

Decolonising the Creative Industries

The Summit

How can we break down outdated, institutional narratives? How can we change the lens through which our industry is viewed and valued?

10:10 – 11:05

The Building Blocks of Digital Storytelling

The Factory


A guide to the fundamentals of telling your story on Facebook, Instagram and beyond. Followed by an audience Q&A with Sam Doyle, Lead at Facebook’s Creative Sho.

11:00 – 11:55
11:10 – 12:05

Reigniting your People Plans

The Factory

My HR Hub explores how creative businesses can renew both their business and HR management for uncertain times, and beyond.

11:20 – 12:15

Lose Yourself in the Arts

The Factory

Lose yourself in the arts – a new paradigm? Capturing Creativity in a post Covid world

11:20 – 12:15

Redefining the Repertory Company

The Factory

Special screening from Scottish Dance Theatre, exploring the evolution of the company’s vision and working practice as part of the creative hub of Dundee Rep.
 
The documentary will be followed by a live panel with SDT Artistic Director Joan Clevillé, Dundee Rep Artistic Director and joint CEO Andrew Panton, Executive Director and joint CEO Liam Sinclair, Associate Director (Engage) Jess Thorpe and Ensemble Members Irene McDougall and Jessie Roberts-Smith.
 
Brought to you by Stephen Browning Associates

12:20 – 13:15

In Memory of Sir Ken Robinson – a Call for Creative Carers to Walk the Talk

The Factory

A chance to hear from people who knew and were inspired by Sir Ken and a call for Creative Carers to Walk the Talk as part of his legacy.

12:20 – 13:15

Getting the Better of Bullying

The Factory

An opportunity to hear from the Film and TV Charity’s Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing about new types of anti-bullying support services being built for the UK film, TV and cinema industry, followed by a panel discussion exploring the mental health impact of bullying.

13:00 – 13:55

Pigeonholed: Ruby Wax, interviewed by Konnie Huq

The Summit

Join Konnie Huq as she interviews industry heavyweights for our new podcast series Pigeonholed: Creatives Who Refuse to be Put in a Box.

14:00 – 14:55

The Culture of Content Creation

The Summit

Take a deep dive into the culture of content creation as TV Critic Boyd Hilton interviews Netflix’s Vice President of Content, Anne Mensah.

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

14:10 – 15:05

Finding the Creativity in Education

The Factory

As the uptake of creative subjects in education declines, how can we work together so all children and young people reach their potential?

14:20 – 15:15

Immersive For All

The Factory

Exploring the growing trend in creating lean-forward, interactive entertainment for accessible formats: tv, zoom, social media, radio.

15:00 – 15:55

Make Space for Creatives

The Summit

Exploring the future of space, co-working, and collaboration across our sector, Jefferson Hack meets Ross Bailey, CEO of Appear Here.

15:10 – 16:05

Speaking Truth to Power

The Factory

Young creatives (18-24) explore the difficulties they face establishing their careers in our sector and share their vision of the future.

15:20 – 16:15

How to Listen

The Factory

How to listen. And how listening transformed a charity. Dame Evelyn Glennie and Help Musicians

Brought to you by Help Musicians

15:20 – 16:15

Future of Immersive Technology

The Factory

Immersive technology isn’t just for entertainment. From surgery to education explore how immersive technology is changing the world.

16:00 – 16:15

Performance: Polly Money

The Summit

16:00 – 16:55

Transforming Towns

The Factory

Developing a cultural and creative strategy that will rejuvinate our communities. Brought to you by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Programme

16:00 – 16:55

D&AD Annual Report 2020: Connecting Creative Methods with Contemporary Culture

The Factory

Join D&AD on a tour through the year’s best commercial creative work. Uncover key insights from the creative approaches employed and learn what this says about design and advertising in connecting, reflecting and shaping contemporary culture.

16:10 – 17:05

The Role of Place

The Factory

Working from home has dampened the flames and we’re missing the creative spark of being together. How can we create clusters for innovation?

16:20 – 16:55

Making your Day with Tik Tok

The Summit

Make Your Day with Rich Waterworth TikTok’s General Manager for the UK & IE

17:00 – 17:55

Sky Arts Hour: Pitchblack Playback

The Summit

Bringing celebrations to a melodic close is this unique, deep listening experience. Dim the lights (dont bump into anything) close your eyes, and get fully immerse

18:00 – 18:55

Creative Coalition Networking

Social District
Ticket Only

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

18:00

Diversity in Film and TV: Virtual Crew Meet Up

The Factory

There are complex causes for lack of workforce diversity and representation. We’re going to work to identify and discuss actions for change.