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A year into the Victorian Government's Creative State strategy we invite you to be part of meeting of minds, ideas and perspectives at the first creative industries summit.

Watch the livestream now at creativestatesummit.com


The Summit will step back and look at the big picture. It will explore the threads and themes that tie us together. It will take inspiration from around the world, and see how it fits into a local context. It will seek bold new ideas for our creative future.

Whether you are an independent practitioner or part of an organisation or business, just starting your career or have decades of experience, work behind-the-scenes or in the spotlight,  the Summit is for and about you. It is an open forum for to share ideas and forge new collaborations and connections, with input from leading global innovators and provocateurs.

Organised around six Hot Topics, the Creative Industries Summit will include keynote addresses from international and local luminaries, and panel discussions that take a broad view of creative industries.

The Summit's Deep Dive session will drill down into specific creative sectors and interests, while the Summit Lab hosts smaller workshops and provides a space for ongoing dialogue between speakers and guests.

Explore the Hot Topics that will shape the 2017 Creative Industries Summit below, along with some of the guest speakers that will drive the conversation.

The summit has now sold out, but will be livestreamed from http://creativestatesummit.com/ on the days of the event (29-30 June).

For more program details, visit the Creative Summit website.

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A Creative State

The leading theme of the Summit is A Creative State. It asks how we can create the right environment for creativity to flourish, so that its benefits spread and multiply through every sector of our society. What are the key ingredients and considerations to build a creative state?

A keynote address will be delivered by Ani Pilipenko, co-founder of Berlin's radical urban development project in Holzmarkt. Taking a collective, progressive and sustainable approach to development, the team behind Holzmarkt has created a 'village for urban creativity' in an area once slated for 80-storey high-rise buildings.

The panel discussion that follows will include perspectives from Marcus Westbury of the Collingwood Arts Precinct, Tony Reed of the Game Developer's Association of Australia and Rachel Maza of Ilbejerri Theatre, along with Angelita Teo of the National Museum of Singapore. Angelita will also deliver a keynote on the transformation of Singapore in a regional creative industries hub.

Bringing insight from her work as Co-Founder & Director of Projects at Laboratory for the City in Mexico City, Clora Romo will also deliver a keynote address, focusing on architecture and innovation as a means of building social inclusion and identity.

Future Thinking Today

What new technologies and ideas should we be getting most excited about? Future Thinking Today is a Summit topic that imagines the creative industries as they will be and as they might be.

Seb Chan, Chief Experience Officer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, will deliver a keynote address about how robotics and automation have already changed the creative landscape while Rose Hiscock, the inaugural Director of Science Gallery Melbourne, looks more broadly at the beautiful intersections of science and art.

The role of creativity in scientific innovation will be further explored by Dr  Angus Hervey and Tané Hunter of Future Crunch, a visionary Melbourne firm devoted to fostering intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and empowering people to contribute to it.

Professor of Economics at RMIT University, Jason Potts will talk about innovation and the new economics of creative cities while Ewan McEoin of the National Gallery of Victoria talks about the importance of design-led thinking in building a robust creative economy.

Future of Storytelling

The Future of Storytelling will explore who is telling compelling stories and what techniques and technologies are they using.

Katrina Sedgwick, CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, will join artists and creative industry professionals including Tim Ruse, founder of Virtual Reality gaming company Zero Latency, and Dan Koerner of Sandpit, a Melbourne-based creative studio, for a panel discussion exploring new and innovative ways to build narrative experiences.

Alice Black will also speak at the Summit, sharing her experiences as the Co-Director of the Design Museum in London, looking at the future of museums through the lens of her own magnificent institution.

Dangerous Ideas

Artist and astronaut Sarah Jane Pell will kick off the topic of Dangerous Ideas, which challenges us to explore the unthinkable, and ponder where will it lead us. A performance artist combining astronautics, occupational diving, HCI design and biotechnology, Sarah's keynote will take us into a brave new world of creative intersectionality.

Jacob Boehme of Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival will also deliver a keynote, talking about Dangerous Ideas and creativity from an Indigenous perspective.

The Dangerous Ideas discussion panel that follows will include Scott Price, actor and social media personality with Back to Back Theatre, and acclaimed street artist Baby Guerilla.

Money & Resources

The crucial topic of Money & Resources in the creative industries will be another focal point of the Summit. How do we finance ideas, fuel creative expansion and further grow the creative economy?

Lead by Cathy Hunt of cultural strategy firm Positive Solutions, a panel discussion looking at how to unlock new financial resources will include Dr Mitzi Goldman of Documentary Australia and Alan Crabbe, co-founder of Pozible.

A second panel discussion including Paul Hoskins of Etsy and Honor Eastly of the Starving Artist podcast will explore how creative professionals and industries 'monetise' their assets.

Access & Inclusivity

What does meaningful community development look like with traditionally marginalised people? The hot topic of Access & Inclusivity will be led by a keynote address from Donna Walker-Kuhne, Vice President of Community Engagement at the New Jersey Performing Arts Centre and author of Invitation to the Party:  Building Bridges to Arts, Culture and Community. A veteran audience development expert, Donna has raised over $20 million in earned income promoting the arts to multicultural communities and is co-founder of Impact Broadway, a socially and technology driven audience development initiative serving 300 African American and Latino students throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City.

The topic will be explored further explored in a panel session with Will McRostie of Description Victoria, Susan Emerson of Auslan Stage Left, Alex French of Captioning Studio and Mija Gwin of the Deaf Arts Network.

Want to know more? Visit the Creative Summit website for a full list of speakers and guests.