The Bradford Literature Festival Creative Economic Conference will focus on the crucial importance of the creative industries to the UK economy, placing the culture sector at the heart of ‘levelling up’ in the North through economic and social regeneration.

Join national and northern economic and creative sector industry specialists to share knowledge and best practice through expert opinion, debate, discussion with business leaders, creative organisations and practitioners.

The day will feature panel discussions on topics including:

  • Levelling Up in the North
  • Digital Currency – Economic & Social Impacts
  • Art & Activism
  • The Future of TV

Speakers will include:

  • Andy Haldane, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of the Arts
  • Sir Peter Bazalgette, Television Producer & Co-Chair of the Creative Industries Council
  • Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire
  • Ismail Amla, Chief Growth Officer, Capita Plc
  • Caroline Norbury MBE, Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation
  • Heikki Hiilamo, Professor of Social Policy, University of Helsinki
  • Henri Murrison, Director, The Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • Emma Hardy, Director of Commissioning, Channel 4
  • Caroline Cooper Charles, Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire
  • Stewart Clarke, Creative Director of Edinburgh TV Festival
  • Natasha de Terán, Advisory Member, International Strategy for Cybersecurity and the Global Financial System
  • James Stirling, Head of BBC 100 celebrations
  • Anthony Anaxagorou, Poet
  • Alan Lane, Artistic Director of Slung Low Theatre Company
  • Nikesh Shukla, Author and Screenwriter
  • Narinder Minhas, Managing Director, Cardiff Productions
  • Chris Curtis, Editor, Broadcast Magazine
  • Kate Pickett, Co-author of The Spirit Level

We are delighted to welcome small businesses and freelancers to attend the day for free using the discount code BLFFriends. Simply apply this code in Promo Code box when booking your tickets through Eventbrite.

Download a copy of the full Creative Economic Conference Programme here. 

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