On December 8 2016 Creative Cardiff convened a symposium exploring the components of a creative city, in partnership with British Council Wales. 

The symposium brought together leading thinkers and doers in the creative economy of the city and across the city. 

At this event, Creative Cardiff launched Mapping Cardiff's Creative Economy, a detailed map of Cardiff's creative economy workforce which identified 2,788 creative companies, organisations and freelancers in Cardiff and the surrounding wards. The report was presented by Professor Justin Lewis of Cardiff University. 

Other speakers at the soldout event included Hasan Bakhshi of Nesta, John Newbigin of Creative England and Kully Thiarai of National Theatre Wales. Find out more about the speakers here.

First up was Hasan Bakhshi, Director of Creative Economy in Policy and Research at Nesta.

Hasan was followed by John Newbigin, founder and chair of Creative England who talked about the importance of creative inclusivity. 

 

Professor Vanessa Toulmin of The University of Sheffield then took to the stage to share her experience of the Sheffield Culture Consortium.

 

The final presentation of the morning came from Professor Justin Lewis, of the Creative Economy project at Cardiff University who dicussed the new research, Mapping Cardiff's Creative Economy

 

In the afternoon, Professor Jon Dovey and Professor John Holden talked about the REACT project and practicing cultural ecology.

 

Closing the symposium, Kully Thiarai and Graeme Farrow discussed City of the Unexpected.

 

 

You can find out more about the Mapping Cardiff's Creative Economy report, which was launched at the symposium, and download it here.

View the interactive creative economy map of Cardiff. 

See how the symposium was received by following #creativecardiff.

Download Mapping Cardiff's Creative Economy report

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