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February 2016

Newsletter: New Events Announced

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please read on for details of:

  • NEW - Members' Q&A with the leading contenders for London mayor
  • First public speech from Maria Eagle as Shadow Culture Secretary
  • Final call for applicants for our new post of Commercial Director
  • A link to a short new film explaining who we are and what we do
  • Events in Manchester and Cleveland

If you have not already signed up to become a member of our unique network, now is the time.

John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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Federation members are to get the chance to share their priorities with the leading contenders for the London mayoralty at two special events next month.

Labour candidate Sadiq Khan and Tory representative Zac Goldsmith will each take part in a one-hour talk and Q&A with our members from across the arts, creative industries and cultural education followed by the chance for more informal networking. 

With the sector the fastest growing part of the British economy since 2008 and one in six of all creative industries jobs in the capital, we expect a lively exchange.

We are delighted to working with our partners at the London Cultural Strategy Group.

Full details of both events, including each London venue, will follow.
Zac Goldsmith
Date: Wednesday, March 2
Time: 11am - 12.30pm

Register For Zac Event Here
Sadiq Khan
Date: Monday, March 14
Time: 6pm - 7.30pm 

Register For Sadiq Event Here
New Shadow Culture Secretary Maria Eagle will be offering a national perspective as she gives her first speech since taking up the post.

Ms Eagle will speak on public service broadcasting, the creative industries and cultural landscape to Federation members. There will then be a Q&A and networking.

Date: Tuesday, February 23.
Time: 10am - Registration
           10.15am - Speech and Q&A
           11.15am - Networking
           11.45am - Close
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

This event is complimentary to attend but open to members of the Federation only.
Register Here

The Creative Industries Federation is seeking a Commercial Director to play a pivotal role in our small but highly-focused team. This is one of the most exciting positions anywhere in the creative industries and arts. Please click here for full details of this new post.

After a year in operation, we asked some of our members to talk about what we do, why we do it and what we have achieved to date. 

Please click here to watch our new film, shot by Peanut and Crumb against the backdrop of our First Anniversary Celebration in London last month.
Federation Chief Executive John Kampfner is to give the keynote speech at Future Talent in the Creative Industries, a Manchester Metropolitan University conference this month.

He joins a line-up on February 19 also including Jo Leah, managing director of Weber Shandwick, and Dave Moutrey, chief executive of Home, at the event hosted by the Creative Industries Cluster in association with the Manchester Publicity Association.

Eliza Easton, Policy and Research Manager, will be speaking at a free Future Creative Skills event with Stuart Birkett, managing director, ncjMedia, part of Trinity Mirror group, at Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) on February 16.

The Federation would like to remind all involved in the arts and creative industries to complete the CCAD's online survey on the skills that will be needed for the future. It is available

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New Film - Our Unique Network

Click here to take a look at our new short film where members discuss what we do, why they’re involved and what we have achieved to date. It was shot at our First Anniversary Celebration.


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July 2015

Birmingham Roadshow Event Footage

The third in our programme of UK Roadshow events saw the Federation visit Birmingham's Fazeley Studios. Topics including skills, access, creative education and the digital ecosystem were discussed amongst other points.

Click here to view highlights of the event.

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Keynote Speech:

- Jonnie Turpie MBE - Founder and Director, Maverick TV and High Sheriff of the West Midlands 

Remarks From:

Piers Read - Managing Director, The Custard Factory

Joanne Dutton - Regional Director for the Midlands and Director of Access and Customer Engineering, Virgin Media

Panellists Include:

- Anita Bhalla OBE - Chair of Creative City Partnership, Board member LEP and Chair Performances Birmingham Ltd

- Bethan Bishop - Head of Innovation and Industry Engagement, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

- Joe Godwin - Director, BBC Birmingham and BBC Academy

- Karl Hilton - Programme Executive, Games and Digital, Creative England

- John Mathers - Chief Executive, Design Council

- Karen Newman, Director, Birmingham Open Media (BOM)

The panel was chaired by John Kampfner, Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation and Lara Ratnaraja, Cultural Consultant.


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June 2015

Leeds Roadshow Event Footage

The second in our programme of UK Roadshow events saw the Federation visit Leeds' Opera North. Topics including the Northern Powerhouse, skills and infrastructure were discussed before an eclectic audience from across the creative sector.

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Keynote Speech:

Anya Hindmarch MBE, Founder, Chair & Chief Creative Officer, Anya Hindmarch, UK Business Ambassador for the Creative Industries

Remarks From:

Jo McBeath, UKTI, Trade Adviser Manager

Tom Riordan, CEO, Leeds City Council

Panellists Included:

- Dominic Gray, Projects Director, Opera North 
- Anya Hindmarch MBE, Founder, Chair & Chief Creative Officer, Anya Hindmarch, UK Business Ambassador for the Creative Industries
- Sally Joynson, CEO, Screen Yorkshire
- Jamie Sefton, Managing Director, Game Republic 
- Ian Thompson, Owner, Thompson Brand Partners
- Sharon Watson, Artistic Director, Phoenix Dance Theatre

The panel was chaired by John Kampfner, CEO, Creative Industries Federation and Anamaria Wills, CEO, CIDAco.




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May 2015

Manchester Roadshow Event Footage

Before a capacity audience of delegates from the creative industries and beyond, Manchester welcomed the Creative Industries Federation to its iconic Whitworth Art Gallery on Monday 27th April to kick off our programme of UK Roadshow events.

You can view highlights of the event here.

Or see a video of the full event here.

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Keynote Speech from:

Tom Bloxham MBE - Chairman, Urban Splash

Panellists included:

Sir Peter Bazalgette - Chair, Arts Council England
Lou Cordwell - CEO, Magnetic North
Malcolm Garrett - Creative Director, Images&Co and Co-founder, Design Manchester
Charles Lauder - Chair, Contact Theatre
Helen Bullough - Head of CBBC Productions

The panel was chaired by John Kampfner, CEO, Creative Industries Federation and Dr Maria Balshaw, Director, the Whitworth and Manchester City Galleries.

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April 2015

Liberal Democrats Creative Industries Strategy

Liberal Democrats Creative Industries Strategy

You can watch edited highlights of the launch of the Liberal Democrats Creative Industries Strategy for the next parliament by clicking on the picture. The event was hosted by the Federation at the Roundhouse, London on April 22nd with Vince Cable, Baroness Bonham Carter and Lord Clement Jones. Alternatively you can watch the full event on our YouTube Channel.

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Federation Hosts The Culture Debate

Federation Hosts The Culture Debate

On Wednesday 8 April the Federation, in partnership with the BBC and the Royal Opera House, hosted The Culture Debate. This event was the first of its kind in a general election campaign: a major national hustings involving the leading cultural and creative industries spokespeople of the five main national parties and live-streamed on the BBC and Royal Opera House websites as well as on our own.

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Ed Vaizey for the Conservatives, Harriet Harman for Labour, Baroness Bonham Carter for the Liberal Democrats, Martin Dobson for the Greens and Peter Whittle for UKIP outlined their parties' policies on the arts and creative industries and took questions from a live audience of over 300, including a selection of industry experts. The debate was chaired by Martha Kearney.

To view the video in full please click on the image.

Or click here for an edited highlights film of the event.

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March 2015

The Federation Interviews Nicky Morgan

The Federation Interviews Nicky Morgan

The Education Secretary Nicky Morgan this week pledged to include the arts as a fundamental part of the UK’s education system. 

In a conversation with the Creative Industries Federation, she insisted that the remarks she made last November, in which she appeared to disparage arts education, were taken out of context.  

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Asked by Sir John Sorrell, Chair of the Federation, if the standing given to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics should be extended to the arts, (in the jargon, putting the ‘A’ into STEM to make STEAM), the Education Secretary replied:

"Yes, I think I probably would. That would very much capture that it’s not an “either or”; you need a combination of skills in order to succeed in the modern work place.”

She however stopped short of following other politicians - notably Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition - in calling for a greater role for Ofsted in prioritising the provision of culture.

“I will always look, but the difficulty is that the more tweaks we do with the Ofsted handbook, the more I get pushed back from the professionals who ask why I don’t trust them as professionals to be giving our young people this broad and balanced curriculum. If I put one thing in then I have to put something else in.”

When asked by Sorrell to clarify her views on the importance of creative education in the curriculum, Morgan remarked:

“I think creativity is one of those skills we want all our young people to have. I want all young people to be making informed subject and career choices and not to feel that any options are shut off to them. So that goes back to making sure that all the young people are aware of where the different subjects can take them.”

The discussion with Morgan was the latest in a series of policy and political interventions by the Federation. On 23 February 2015, Miliband set out his creative industries, arts and education policy.  During that speech, under the Federation umbrella at Battersea Arts Centre, he said:

“Under Labour, we will build the need for creative education into Ofsted inspections. And schools will have to provide high quality creative subjects and cultural opportunities to all their pupils if they want to get an “outstanding” Ofsted rating.

The Education Secretary had been expected to give a keynote address at a Federation event following her speech at the launch of the Your Life campaign, where she appeared to dismiss the importance of creative education.  This was cancelled. Instead, she met with Sir John Sorrell and John Kampfner, CEO of the Federation.

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