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20 - 21 OCTOBER 2021

BEYOND - where creativity meets R&D
A conference from 20 - 21 October 2021, where thinkers, makers, investors and researchers across the creative industries come together to explore the relationship between creative research and business innovation. Join us in Belfast and online for the 4th annual BEYOND.

BEYOND 2021

BEYOND 2021

Belfast,  20 – 21 October 2021

BEYOND 2021 will take the theme of place to look at how the Creative Industries are forming the heart of new vibrant cultural and creative economies.

This year’s conference will explore the role of creativity and creative tech in forming and navigating new places. There is a big space opening for the Creative Industries to lead the way with mission driven research and innovation to reimagine, reinvent and reinvigorate place.

Planned as a hybrid conference, BEYOND 2021 offers live and catch-up sessions online or in person, as delegates and speakers are welcome in Belfast to experience a bespoke programme of activities, with location-based immersive experiences, networking, receptions and more, plus of course lots of fine Northern Irish hospitality.

Titanic Belfast, BEYOND venue for 2021

Don’t miss a lively two day programme of 60+ expert speakers, with keynotes, panel discussions, think pieces and provocations, Q&As and a showcase of leading projects and research.

Stay tuned to the BEYOND newsletter for updates on this years hybrid conference and keep your eyes peeled on @BeyondCnf for all the latest.

Themes

Themes

The BEYOND 2021 programme will explore questions and ideas around the theme of Creative Places.

Old certainties are breaking down. In places where we used to make things, we must now make decisions. Political centres are paying attention to those on the margins and a place-based agenda is taking hold to drive economic development.

CREATIVE PLACES

There is a big space opening for the Creative Industries to lead the way with mission driven research and innovation to reimagine, reinvent and reinvigorate place.

BEYOND 2021 will take the theme of place to look at how the Creative Industries are forming the heart of new vibrant cultural and creative economies.

BEYOND will convene Creative Industry leaders, researchers, policy makers, creators and artists to understand:

》How place influences the shape these economies take
》How the success of creative places can be locked in for the long haul
》How we build talent pipelines to meet the ambitions
》The role of imagination, risk-taking and research
》How creative technologies augment and connect places both real and virtual
》The roles of identity and diversity in places and spaces
》How these place-based creative economies link to each other and the wider world

BEYOND IN BELFAST

BEYOND 2021 comes from Belfast, Northern Ireland, a region that knows just how intricate the ties between place, identity and power can be. It is also where exciting experiments and ideas are playing out with the expansion of the screen industries right at the heart of a plan for economic renewal. It is a uniquely useful location to be thinking about the place-based missions for the Creative Industries.

What’s On

What’s On

BEYOND 2021 offers a hybrid programme of in-person, live and catch-up sessions, showcase and an early-career researcher poster exhibition, plus a programme of location-based immersive experiences and activities for those in Belfast.

Conference Programme

Building on the success of the previous three BEYOND’s, the 4th annual conference offers a hybrid experience from Belfast. A two day conference schedule (20-21 Oct) features expert speakers, keynotes, panel discussions, think pieces and provocations, Q&As and plenty more. Plus two exhibitions showcasing UK excellence in research-driven creative innovation with a showcase and poster exhibition of innovative projects and research.

Poster Exhibition

Doctoral Candidates and Early Career Researchers were invited to submit abstracts to feature their work in this years’s Poster Exhibition at BEYOND.  In line with the main focus of the conference, submissions centre on the concept of place as a central theme, reflecting on the role and influence of the Creative Industries over the formation of creative and cultural economies in a place.

Immersive Futures Lab

The Immersive Futures Lab at BEYOND 2021 offers delegates the chance to experience cutting-edge creative projects demonstrating innovative ideas, new types of content and novel uses of technologies – to include early-stage prototypes utilising technologies including Virtual Reality, Haptics, Spatial Audio and more.

Special Events

A variety of exclusive activities will take place on the 19 & 22 October in Belfast, including two tours showcasing HBO’s incredible Game of Thrones! All of these events are included in the price of an in-person ticket to BEYOND and details of how to book are provided to ticket holders (in the ticket confirmation email).

Speakers

Speakers

BEYOND 2021 features a unique and inspirational line up of 60+ speakers from across the creative industries, from renowned and established names to rising talent. Check out the full speaker line up and  sign up to the BEYOND newsletter for the latest speaker announcements.

Showcase

Showcase

The Immersive Futures Lab at BEYOND is a digital showcase for creative projects that demonstrate innovative ideas, new types of content and novel uses of technologies. BEYOND ticket holders can visit the online showcase and join Meet the Makers sessions during the conference, offering more details on these exciting projects.

Tickets

Tickets

In person £299

Online £69

Concessions £29

Attend in-person (Belfast) for just £299 and get full access to:

》BEYOND conference & Immersive Futures Lab Showcase

Special events in Belfast (19 & 22 Oct)

》All online sessions via our event platform and post-event videos

Offering great value at just £69 (bulk bay options available) for full access to:

》All online sessions via our event platform and post-event videos

》Online tickets to Big Telly World Premiere: Department Story

Special ticket rates from £29 are available for students, freelancers, artists and those currently unemployed.

Concession tickets are available both to attend BEYOND in person and online.

Special Events

Special Events

Tuesday 19 October, BELFAST

A limited number of tickets are available to in-person ticket holders to join…

Hidden Heritage of James Connolly’ walking tour

Guided walking tour of Belfast’s street art

Big Telly World Premiere of Department Story

Speakers and Delegates dinner (for all ticket holders)

Friday 22 October, BELFAST

A trip to Belfast would not be complete without a Game of Thrones themed tour – and there’s TWO to choose from:

》VIP ‘Hang out with Hodor’ Tour with Flip Robinson, body double for “Hodor” and “The Mountain”.

Winterfell Tour & Castle visit taking you to the castle and Demesne. Not for the faint hearted: axe throwing, sword sparring included!

BLOG

BLOG

BEYOND Poster Exhibition & Meet the Researchers

BEYOND Poster Exhibition & Meet the Researchers

Each year at BEYOND the Poster Exhibition features the work of Doctoral Candidates and Early Career Researchers, showcasing their innovative projects and ideas. In line with the main focus of this iteration of the conference, the research showcased by this year’s...

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What to Expect at the BEYOND 2021 Digital Showcase!

What to Expect at the BEYOND 2021 Digital Showcase!

The Immersive Futures Lab at BEYOND is a digital showcase for creative projects that demonstrate innovative ideas, new types of content and novel uses of technologies. BEYOND delegates can view the 2021 showcases online and can join the Meet the Makers sessions during...

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BEYOND 2021: More Speakers & Sessions Revealed!

BEYOND 2021: More Speakers & Sessions Revealed!

With less than three weeks until BEYOND 2021 kicks off online and in Belfast, we wanted to share more of our fantastic speakers and sessions with you. We have a wide range of innovators and creative industry experts joining us to share their knowledge and insight,...

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About

About

About

About

Creative Industry

BEYOND is a unique, annual gathering of current and future innovators focused on Research and Development across the Creative Industries.

In its fourth year, BEYOND 2021 (20 – 21 October) is a hybrid conference offering our global community the chance to join us online for live and catch-up sessions, as well as welcoming delegates and speakers to Belfast, Northern Ireland in person from 19 October.

Due to the pandemic, BEYOND 2020 became a virtual conference, offering its global community a flexible programme of live and catch-up sessions. The main stage offered provocations and insights from over 175 expert speakers from the worlds of theatre, music, gaming, TV and film, and visitor attractions. A showcase of industry leading projects and a poster exhibition offered atttendees access to cutting-edge work and researchers – before, during and after the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ON-DEMAND

ON-DEMAND

Catch up on sessions from BEYOND 2020 on-demand and watch sessions from 2019 and 2018 below – with mamy inspirational, renowned and expert speakers from across the Creative Industries in the UK and beyond.  

Attend

Attend

Attend

Attend

Through a period of absolute disruption, BEYOND 2020 considered what we learnt about the adoption of new and emerging technologies and audiences across the creative industries, and how it’s influencing future developments around the globe.

For 2021, BEYOND focuses on Creative Places as a hybrid conference, offering an international community the opportunity to join online, as well as welcoming delegates and speakers to Belfast in person for a programme including location-based immersive experiences, access to view the new Screen and Media Innovation Lab facilities, networking and VIP receptions, and lots of fine Northern Irish hospitality and very possibly swords and dragons…

WHERE CREATIVITY MEETS R&D

CONNECT with future collaborators, researchers and funders

EXPLORE pioneering R&D projects across the UK’s Creative Industries

ENGAGE with the global conversation on innovation, creativity and opportunity

For Business

 

  • Connect with creative innovators, thinkers, experts and researchers
  • Discover the latest innovations and creative technologies shaking up and redefining our sector
  • Case studies from groundbreaking projects
  • Experience first-hand demos from pioneering projects
  • Find collaborators, researchers and funders to build your organisation’s capabilities
  • Explore international inward UK investment opportunities

For Researchers

 

  • Discover recent developments in the creative arts
  • Connect with creative industry pioneers
  • Experience and engage with practice-led research projects
  • Connect and collaborate with leading creative tech businesses and industry stakeholders
  • Indulge in a core programme of thought-provoking panel debates and roundtables
  • Interact with local and international tech enthusiasts and experts

Event partners

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Updates

Updates

Updates

Updates

More details about this year’s programme, tickets, showcasing and speaking opportunities coming in September - sign up for updates below and be the first to find out.