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Creative Entrepreneurship International Conference

Creative Entrepreneurship International Conference

Kick-Start: Cardiff - the international event for creative entrepreneurship organised by Visiting Arts brings together artists and creative entrepreneurs in Wales from 16-19 October 2017 - linking with Swn festival, Creative Cardiff’s Second Birthday and the launch of the European network EASTN 2. Thirty creative entrepreneurs representing the Welsh and international delegation have now been announced.

The conference will encourage exchange around the role and value of the creative entrepreneur and how the arts and creative industries are driving regional/ rural economies. It is organised within the scope of the EU co-funded project Creative Tracks supporting young creative entrepreneurs worldwide and encouraging cross-cultural collaborations.

Cabinet Minister for the Economy, Ken Skates AM will address the meeting and, among the high level speakers and trainers including design and media entrepreneurs, lawyers and policy makers, delegates will hear from John Howkins, author of 'The Creative Economy'; Ann Harrison, author of 'Music: The Business: The Essential Guide to the Law and the Deals’; and designer Ross Lovegrove.

Visiting Arts is delighted to partner with the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council, Cardiff University, Arts Council of Wales and its international arm Wales Arts International, Creative Cardiff, British Council, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Geldards LLP, Swn Festival, and Park Plaza Hotel.

"We chose to hold this event in Cardiff both because of its established strong creative industry presence in music, TV and film production and also because of the burgeoning new industries that are developing in the region - creative hubs in the Valleys and the City are providing spaces for designers, digital artists, performers and creative businesses of all kinds. We want to offer the opportunity for international collaboration and networking and hope that this is the start of productive joint ventures between creative entrepreneurs in Wales, the UK and internationally." - Yvette Vaughan Jones, Chief Executive, Visiting Arts

Cardiff is Europe’s youngest capital city and home to 2,788 creative companies/organisations and freelancers. The Creative Industries sector is the fastest growing in Wales, employing more than 24,000 people and contributing around £465m to the Welsh economy. Around 84,000 people work in the creative economy in Wales.

The open programme includes an Arts, Creative Industries and Law Seminar (18 Oct) and Creative Entrepreneurship Expert Panel Breakfast (19 Oct). For more details and to book your place at these events visit creativetracks.org/ visitingarts.org.uk.

See the full list of Welsh and international delegates here


Launched in 2016, Creative Tracks boasts a network of more than 2,200 creative and cultural entrepreneurs, associations or networks supporting culture and creative industries throughout the world. The project is co-funded by the EU and supported by Wallonie Bruxelles International and Shenzhen Design Week.

Kick Start: Cardiff will be followed by the b.creative conference in Shanghai on 15 November, which includes the announcement of the winner of the b.creative challenge competition for young creative entrepreneurs putting their ideas at work for social innovation.

https://creativetracks.org | info@creativetracks.org

Visiting Arts fosters understanding and compassion between cultures through international artistic exchange and opens doors to opportunities for artists and creative businesses around the world.

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