Join industry leaders across games, film and technology to explore how convergence across the different sectors is driving a Creative Revolution and shaping our future. With inspiring keynotes from policy makers, illuminating tech demos and industry-leading panel discussions, this unmissable event aims to bring people together and spark new collaborations.

Creative England Live 2018: Agenda

Date: Thursday 24th May

Time: 1.30pm for 2pm start

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14:00 Introduction by Georgie Barrat   

Our host, Georgie Barrat (The Gadget Show) welcomes the audience and introduces the theme of the day, Creative Revolution: Redefining an industry. Georgia is a leading technology journalist and presenter of The Gadget Show who knows more than most how powerful storytelling can be when it meets technology.

14:05 Creative Opening: Lemn Sissay, MBE

A true cultural icon of the region, Lemn Sissay MBE is a poet, playwright and occasional broadcaster. He has read poetry all over the world and was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics.

14:20 Caroline Norbury MBE, Keynote   

Caroline will share the work Creative England has been doing over the last year, and share the company’s future focus as an Influencer, Investor and Content Creator.

14:40 SPOTLIGHT: Simon Windsor, Hammerhead VR

Simon has been at the forefront of immersive technologies since 2011, launching several successful companies in AR and VR, and bringing state-of-the-art immersive production facilities to the UK. He’ll be showcasing Hammerhead’s latest products as well as the world’s most advanced volumetric & 3D capture studio, Dimension.

15:05 Break & Networking

15:20 Investing in Creativity: Panel

High-level discussion addressing the challenges creative businesses face with access to finance, and what changes are needed for the sector, building upon the recent sector deal announcement by DCMS.

Opened by Alice Hu Wagner, MD Strategy, Economics & Markets, British Business Ban


Markets, British Business Bank

CHAIR Irene Graham, CEO, ScaleUp Institute

Alice Hu Wagner, MD Strategy, Economics & Markets, British Business Bank

Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO, UKBAA

David Curtis, Chief Finance Office, LivingLens

David Glick, Chief Executive, Edge VC

Opened by Alice Hu Wagner, MD Strategy, Economics & Markets, British Business Bank

15:50 SPOTLIGHT: Dan Riley, Spearhead Interactive

Spearhead Interactive was established in February 2013 as a real-time 3D software development company, building on a legacy of pioneering research and development into the Virtual Worlds industry and devising applications for their commercial use to solve real-world business challenges.

16:10 Presentation from Olivia Leonard

We hear from Olivia Leonard, Facebook’s director of small and media businesses for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

16:30 Break & Networking

16:45 Ian Livingstone CBE

Ian Livingstone CBE shares his experience in revolutionising storytelling in games, and the lessons he has learned as an investor in the industry.

17:00 SPOTLIGHT: Steve Cottam, Antstream

Antstream is the World’s first retro game streaming subscription service, available now on the Android and Windows platforms. 

They will be demostating their huge library of licensed and carefully curated classic games available to play on demand.

17:20 New Voices, Big Stories: Panel

Spotlight on shortFLIX, discussing how the initiative was created and how it’s addressing industry issues, such as representation and equality of opportunity.


CHAIR Fiona McGarva (Managing Director Sundae Communications)

Carolina Giametta, writer/director

Solomon Nwabueze, Chief Content Officer, Creative England

Marvyn Benoit, Commissioning Editor, Sky Arts

Abena Taylor-Smith (Writer/Director, Ladies Day)

17:50 Break/Networking 

18:10 In Conversation with Sir Peter Bazalgette

Creative England’s CEO, Caroline Norbury MBE, is joined by Sir Peter Bazalgette to discuss what needs to be put in place to grow England’s creative industries, and the needs of creative practitioners, micros and SMEs throughout the country.

18:30 Evening reception

Artephis Jazz Orchestra

Contemporary jazz-rock quintet based in Manchester, UK, Artephis comprises some of the North's most creatively diverse young musicians, who met at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Their debut album, ALL CHANGE NO CHANGE, was released in June 2017 with an accompanying UK tour and aired on Radio 2 by Jamie Cullum, who chose ‘Feroz’ as his BBC Introducing highlight of the year.