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Federation withdraws from its event with Labour

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Response to the Conservative manifesto and new speakers for our election events

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Newsletter - launching our annual creativity lecture

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Our general election events and Labour manifesto response

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A general election manifesto for the creative industries

We are delighted to publish the Federation's manifesto for all political parties for the general election. It builds on the industrial strategy document we recently submitted to government. We are very grateful to our members for their ongoing contribution to our policy work.

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Creative Industries Federation response to the Budget

John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “The Budget rightly recognised the need for an education system fit for the economic challenges of the 21st century but the devil will be in the detail of the new T-levels."

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Federation names Rick Haythornthwaite as new Chair

The Creative Industries Federation is delighted to announce that Rick Haythornthwaite, one of the UK’s foremost business leaders and a long-standing supporter of the arts and creative industries, will become its new Chair next month.

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Newsletter: International Conference tickets on sale today

As the prime minister prepares to trigger Article 50 and the UK charts a new course, tickets are now on sale for our first International Conference. This will take place at the National Gallery in London on July 12.

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Newsletter: general election events announced

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Federation reveals blueprint for 21st century growth

Today we are presenting our blueprint for future economic growth. After consultation with more than 300 members at 10 meetings across the UK, we have produced a comprehensive submission to the government’s industrial strategy green paper on behalf of the sector.

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The Fed's Brexit pledge: We will fight your corner

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Events


General Election 2017: Q&A with the Liberal Democrats

Leading figures from each of the UK’s main political parties will be questioned on their election commitments and plans for the creative sector at a series of events taking place this month.  

Baroness-Bonham Carter, the Liberal Democrats' Lords spokesperson for culture, media and sport and Lord Clement-Jones, the Liberal Democrats' Lords spokesperson for the creative industries and digital infrastructure will speak on the arts and creative industries before taking part in a Q&A session. We expect robust discussion on vital issues including Brexit, culture, industrial strategy and education and skills. 

Date: Tuesday May 23, 2017
Times: 9.30am arrival, 10.00am to 11.00am speech and Q&A, networking until 11.30am
Venue: The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT


Federation members receive priority booking for this event. 

Register your interest here. 

Kindly hosted by: 

The Art Workers' Guild

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General Election 2017: Q&A with the Scottish National Party


Leading figures from each of the UK’s main political parties will be questioned on their election commitments and plans for the creative sector at a series of events taking place this month.  

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Scottish cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs and John Nicolson, SNP Westminster spokesperson for culture media and sport will speak on the arts and creative industries before taking part in a Q&A session. We expect robust discussion on vital issues including Brexit, culture, industrial strategy and education and skills. 

Date: Friday May 26, 2017
Times: 9.30am arrival, 10.00am to 11.00am opening remarks and Q&A, networking until 11.30am
Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Buchanan Suite, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY

Federation members receive priority booking for this event. 

Register your interest here. 

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Unique Breakfast with Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England

Date: Wednesday June 7, 2017
Time: 8.00am to 9.30am
Venue: Radisson Blu Edwardian, London Kenilworth Hotel, 97 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3BL

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The Federation's international conference and summer drinks

Date: Wednesday July 12, 2017
Times: International Conference: 1.15pm arrival, 2.00pm to 6:30 pm
            Summer Reception: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Venue: National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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General Election 2017: Q&A with the Labour Party

The Creative Industries Federation has decided to withdraw from hosting its planned general election event with Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson of the Labour party, scheduled to take place in Hull on Monday May 22.

We had previously agreed with the four largest parties at Westminster - the Conservatives, Labour, SNP and Liberal Democrats - that we would provide an opportunity for each to set out its stall on the creative industries, the arts and cultural education. This would include a short speech by a senior party representative and then a rigorous question and answer session with Fed members and partners.

The series began in London on Wednesday with Matt Hancock, the Digital and Cultural Minister, for the Conservatives. His appearance included nearly one hour of detailed questions on Brexit, the industrial strategy, education in schools, skills, intellectual property, the role of digital and more.

As Labour informed us that they were no longer able to devote a similar amount of time to questioning as the other parties have agreed to, we invited them to reconsider. When we could not agree, we had no choice but to pull out of the event.

The Federation - the national organisation for all the UK's creative industries, cultural education and arts - has a track record for independence and fearlessness. We are, however, non-partisan. We cannot provide a backdrop for campaign events which do not offer the opportunity for proper scrutiny.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to those planning to attend. We understand Labour plans to go ahead with the event on Monday and if you still wish to attend we suggest you contact the party directly. Our events with the Liberal Democrats next Tuesday and the SNP next Friday will go ahead as planned. 

 

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Sir John Sorrell's farewell speech - the Fed's first annual creativity lecture

Venue: The Hospital Club, 24 Endell St, London WC2H 9HQ
Date: Wednesday May 17
Time: 6:15 pm - 8.30 pm

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General Election: Q&A with the Conservative Party


Leading figures from each of the UK’s main political parties will be questioned on their election commitments and plans for the creative sector at a series of events taking place this month.  

Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock will deliver a speech on the arts and creative industries before taking part in a Q&A session. We expect robust discussion on vital issues including Brexit, culture, industrial strategy and education and skills. 

Matt will then join members for 30 minutes of networking. 

Date: Wednesday May 17, 2017
Times: 10.30am arrival, 11.00am to 12.30pm
Venue: Havas, The HKX Building, 3 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG

Federation members receive priority booking for this event. 

Register your interest here. 

Kindly hosted by: 

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Unique Breakfast with Karen Blackett, Chairwoman of MediaCom UK

Date: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017
Time: 8.30am to 10.00am
Venue: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London, W1J 8LT

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Unique Breakfast with Imogen Heap, Founder of Mycelia for Music

Date: 20th April 2017
Time: 9.00am to 10.30am
Venue: The Mayfair Hotel, Stratton St, London W1J 8LT

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