Creative Europe Desk UK Forum on International Working

13 Jul 2017, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Rich Mix
Booking details:
Free. Registration essential

35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

From film and television to arts and culture, European working has had a profoundly positive impact on the UK’s creative industries. Creative Europe and the previous Culture and MEDIA programmes have been the beating heart behind a so much UK-European creative cooperation. 

At this turning point – post-Article 50 and half-way through the programme – it’s time to reflect and draw inspiration from what Creative Europe has achieved in the UK. We must also ask some difficult questions. How can we safeguard and continue to grow the benefits of European working? And what about exploring opportunities for widening our cross-border focus beyond Europe?

COLLABORATE! is a day of celebration and debate about the true value of European and international working.

Join us for inspiring keynotes and afternoon breakout sessions, focusing on key areas of working that Creative Europe has supported so far: skills, innovation and audiences. The discussions will develop positive approaches towards collaborative, cross-border working in a radically changing Europe – and beyond.


Further speakers to be announced soon.

9:30 –10:00 REGISTRATION

10:00 – 10:05   HOST WELCOME: Eddie Berg, Chief Executive, Rich Mix

10:05 – 10:20   Rebecca Walton, European Union Regional Director, British Council

10:20 – 10:35   Agnieszka Moody, Director, Creative Europe Desk UK

10.35 – 10:40   Christoph Jankowski, Head of Culture (England) and Culture Advisor (UK) Director, Creative Europe Desk UK


Inspiring and uplifting talks from Creative Europe beneficiaries showing the diversity and reach of Creative Europe in the UK and how the programme has opened opportunities in every corner of the creative sector.

  • Samm Haillay, Producer, Third Films
  • Madeleine Probst, Vice-President, Europa Cinemas and Programme Producer, Watershed
  • Jamal Jameel, Artist, Journeys Festival International
  • Bobby Allen, VP of Content, MUBI
  • Young performers in the Power of Diversity project, The Creative Foundation
  • Lucy Latham, Project Manager, Julie's Bicycle
  • Flip Kulakiewicz, Education & Learning Coordinator, Centre for the Moving Image 

11:30 –12:00 COFFEE BREAK

12:00 –12:30 KEYNOTE: Ruth Mackenzie, Artistic Director of Holland Festival, Amsterdam and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris

12:30 – 12:45

KEYNOTE: Mike Stubbs, Director of FACT and Professor at Liverpool John Moores University

12:45 - 1:00 BREAKOUT PANEL DISCUSSIONS: What to expect

1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH


Session 1: Skills and Best Practice

How do collaborative Creative Europe projects help people acquire new skills that enrich their professional lives and expand their networks? What is it so important to share skills across borders?

  • Becky Ayres, COO, Liverpool Sound City
  • Lois Keidan, Co-founder and Director, Live Arts Development Agency
  • Hatice Özdemirciler, Head of Training and Professional Development, Independent Cinema Office
  • Danny Krausz, President, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE)
  • MODERATOR: Harriet Finney, Deputy CEO & Policy Director, Creative Industries Federation

Session 2: Building Audiences

How can we reach audiences beyond our own countries? Why do we need to work across borders to develop audiences? How can we develop and expand audiences’ appreciation of non-native content, from film and TV to music, performing arts and heritage? How can we safeguard and strengthen the collaborative way of working promoted by Creative Europe to build audiences across borders?

  • Clymene Christoforou, Executive Co-Director and Board Member, ISIS Arts
  • Ian Wild, Chief Executive, Showroom Workstation
  • Ian Wall, Managing Director, The Film Corner
  • Joanne Lyons, General Manager, Candoco Dance Company
  • MODERATOR: Anne Torreggiani, CEO, The Audience Agency

Session 3: Innovating and Adapting

How does being part of Creative Europe projects help organisations to explore innovation in content, new technologies and business models? Why work across borders to innovate? How can we safeguard and strengthen the experimental nature of multilateral working?

  • Melissa van der Schoor, IFFR Live
  • Bobby Allen, VP of Content, MUBI
  • Dirk Neldner, Artistic Director, Platform Shift+
  • Lynsey Smith, Programme Manager, British Council and lead on European Creative Hubs Network
  • MODERATOR: Jonathan Meth, project dramaturg, Crossing the Line

3:15 – 3:45 COFFEE BREAK

3:45 – 4:30 WRAP UP: Eddie Berg, Chief Executive, Rich Mix


Book your COLLABORATE! ticket here

Image: Creative Europe information event (c) Linda Nylind