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24 May 2018

The Creative State Summit is growing bigger and bolder by the minute with additional international speakers, practical workshops for professional development, and forums for dangerous ideas recently added to the program.

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An annual gathering of creative practitioners and organisations from across Victoria, the Summit will take place 14 to 15 June at Melbourne Museum.

New to the program, Hong Kong’s HK URBEX is a group of urban explorers who photograph and immortalise derelict sites in their hometown and cities across the world. For them, creativity is an essential outlet in bringing new meanings to lost spaces.

Ghost and Jenkins from HK URBEX will join an impressive line-up of international speakers including Aaron Foley, Detroit’s Storyteller in Residence; Australian-born, UK-based actor, dancer and disability campaigner Kiruna Stamell; Museum Hack Founder, Nick Gray; and Creative Director of Google Creative Lab, Tea Uglow.

The list of local speakers is growing and includes musician and creative entrepreneur Jessie Lloyd; CEO at Indigital, Mikaela Jade; leadership guru, Dr Jason Fox; writer and social commentator, Dr Rebecca Huntley; and Digital Storyteller and creator of Virtual Warrane, Brett Leavy.

The Toolbox Sessions, a series of practical workshops for professional development, have also been added to the Summit program. Arming creative industry practitioners with the tools required to thrive in the creative industries, these sessions will focus on:

  • Rethinking and reframing self-care in the arts
  • Creating safe and respectful creative workplaces
  • Using marketing and communications to stand out from the crowd
  • Exploring digital trends – advances in user authentication, location awareness and voice activation
  • Colonisation, culture and change
  • Money – how to get it, work it and stretch it
  • Pitching work to producers and presenters
  • Lego as a tool to enhance innovation and business performance

Forum Rounds, a series of open discussions facilitated by industry provocateurs, will encourage bold debate on thought-provoking and dangerous ideas. Forum topics include:

  • the boundaries and limits associated with freedom of artistic expression
  • facing up to individual privilege/s and actively subverting exclusionary behaviour in the arts
  • the impact and benefits of Melbourne striving to be a global 24-hour city

Centered on the theme ‘Creativity in a post truth world’, this year’s Summit will explore how creativity can help influence and shape public debate, the role of the artist or creative practitioner as an activist and game changer, and how creativity can respond to challenging issues and uncertain times.

The Summit is an initiative of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy. Last year more than 400 people attended across two days of forums, discussions and networking events, building connections with practitioners across the arts, cultural, design, digital games, fashion and screen sectors.

Tickets for the Summit are on sale now