Top politicians, arts leaders and artists at Creative Industries Federation's third anniversary

January 05, 2018

Date: Tuesday 9 January 2018
Time: 7pm-10pm 
Address: Hintze Hall, Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD

The Creative Industries Federation celebrates its third anniversary with leading lights from the UK’s creative sector, politicians, business, and international diplomacy. This is one of the key events of the year for the fastest growing sector in the UK economy.

Speakers include:

  • Greg Clark MP - Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Matt Hancock MP - Minister of State for Digital
  • Tom Watson MP - Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Kwame Kwei-Armah - incoming Artistic Director of the Young Vic
  • Ben McOwen Wilson - Director, YouTube
  • Karen Blackett - Chairwoman, MediaCom
  • Anna Jones - Co-Founder, AllBright Group

The evening under the blue whale at the Natural History Museum is a unique opportunity for some of the most influential figures from the creative industries, not only to celebrate the achievements of this £92bn industry, but also to look ahead to the opportunities and challenges of 2018.

Entertainment highlights include: 

Launch of Circus250 - a year-long, nationwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of Circus, including a strong woman and aerial acrobatics. A few politicians will try their hand at circus performance.

Akademi - the UK’s pioneering and innovative contemporary South Asian dance group.

John Kampfner, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation, says:

“The Federation’s annual event is one of the highlights of the cultural calendar and this year is no exception. The UK’s creative industries are central to our economy and national life and this evening is a moment to celebrate its importance with panache. Politics and circus; tonight the Fed brings the two together.”

Rick Haythornthwaite, Chair of the Creative Industries Federation, says:

“Providing a space for the creative world to meet and talk is one of the key missions for the Federation and tonight the best and brightest creatives in the country will be doing just that under one roof.”

Dea Birkett, Ringmaster of Circus250, says:

“It’s thrilling to launch Circus250 at the 3rd anniversary celebrations. Circus250 is a national year-long celebration of one of Britain’s most creative, innovative and enduring industries – circus. The first ever circus in the world was staged 250 years ago - 9 January 1768 – in the heart of London. A quarter of a millennium later, today’s circus performers continue to create and innovate.” 

Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum, says:

“We’re delighted to have been chosen to host this event bringing together creative talent from across the UK. For many people, the Natural History Museum is the first cultural institution they visit as a child and we’re very proud of our role as a springboard into further exploration of art, science and the creative industries. It’s an honour to host a celebration of this thriving sector in our newly reimagined Hintze Hall.” 

There will be picture and interview opportunities, and photos and video will also be available after the event. For more information please contact:

Christian Purefoy / Media Manager
T: 020 3771 0358 / 07427 364864
TW: @Creative_Fed

Notes to Editors: 

The Third Anniversary Celebration marks the foundation of the Creative Industries Federation in November 2014. The Federation is the only umbrella organisation for all the Creative Industries in the UK. The creative industries are the fastest growing sector of the UK economy spanning advertising and architecture to video games, performance to publishing. They are worth £92bn.

Our current campaigns include making the creative industries a priority in Brexit negotiations, urging government to support creative education and careers. Following our Global Talent Report, the government announced its decision to double the number of exceptional talent visas.

The Third Anniversary Celebration is being supported by Dobson Sound Productions, Google, Hawthorn, Natural History Museum and Rocket.

For more information, please contact:
Christian Purefoy, Media Manager, on 020 3771 0358 or  07427 364864, or at




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