Creative cities

Nov 25-27 | MediaCity, Salford, Manchester, UK





City Stories. Influential Leaders. Bold Strategies. Game Plans. Creative Policies.

BEYOND 2024 comes from MediaCity, Salford, where the last decade has seen a transformation of Greater Manchester's creative economy, now a key part of the north-west’s identity. This year, we explore the innovative potential of Creative Cities, using MediaCity’s story as a launch pad amidst a new era in UK government.

BEYOND will dive into the essence of what makes a world-leading creative city, with compelling stories from the UK and around the world. We’ll explore the building blocks and the game plans that have brought creative cities to life, hear how innovation can flourish, and how technology will shape future city regions. We'll delve into the roles of creative networks, hubs, cultural and research institutions, talent pipelines, networks, policy and culture.

We'll learn about bold strategies placing creativity at the heart of urban growth, the rise of new creative cities, and how they navigate the challenges of change.

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Secure your BEYOND 2024 Early Bird tickets at the 2023 price of just £399+VAT - saving you more than £100 compared to our next ticket release. Plus, we’ll cover the booking fee!

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