BEYOND 2024

NOVEMBER 25-27

MEDIACITY, SALFORD

 

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.

Be part of the conversation at BEYOND 2024.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS
AVAILABLE NOW!

We are excited to announce Early Bird tickets for BEYOND 2024 are now on sale.

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!

Tickets include access to the full conference, partner events, exhibitions and social activities.

Concessionary rates are also available. See the ticket page for details.

 

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Intro

Intro

Intro

Intro

Creative Industry
BEYOND 2023 is heading to the prestigious Royal Institution in London this year and bringing as ever a diverse programme to an audience of world-leading researchers, makers, investors, business leaders, and thinkers.

Join us for a thought-provoking programme developed in partnership with the British Council and featuring a host of expert speakers, short talks, panels and audience Q&As bringing new industry insights and opportunities, all focused on this year’s core theme, the global creative economy. And there’s more including a whole series of sessions from our partners, a showcase of pioneering R&D projects and plenty of networking opportunities.

What’s On

What’s On

For our sixth year BEYOND 2023 offers a live programme of sessions, showcase, and social and networking activities, with on demand content available post-event.

Conference Programme

The two day conference in London (21–22 November 2023) will feature expert speakers, keynotes, panel discussions, think pieces and provocations, Q&As and plenty more including a series of sessions from our partners and a Research Symposium.

Immersive Futures Lab

The Immersive Futures Lab at BEYOND will give access to the very latest uses of technologies from Virtual Reality to Haptics, Spacial Audio and more. Play with early-stage prototypes demonstrating new types of content and uses of the tech, and meet the people behind some pioneering projects.

Special events

We will have a variety of additional activities alongside the main programme including networking and social events in and around our central London venue.

Get Involved

BEYOND 2023 is offering a range of opportunities for individuals and organisations to showcase their projects and research, host discussions and workshops, as well as meet new partners, funders and collaborators.

Themes

Themes

BEYOND GLOBAL

The 2023 programme will explore the global landscape of creative economies, how they grow, the challenges and opportunities, their new forms and the huge potential for UK creatives to collaborate.

This year BEYOND shines a spotlight on the huge role UK creatives are playing in building some extraordinary ground-breaking projects as part of international teams. Showcasing this phenomenal work. BEYOND 2023 will ask if these projects are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential of building new global partnerships for the creative industries.
From exchanging know-how with creative sector leaders, thinkers and practitioners across the globe, to planning major creative projects together, the possibilities are almost endless, but not without tackling significant challenges.

Join us to make the connections and spark the conversations to unlock the vast potential of international creative collaboration.

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Attend

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Prof Andrew ChittyThis year BEYOND sets out to explore the global landscape.

There is a growing worldwide recognition of the power of the creative industries to drive innovation, growth and social change, from ambitious strategies to transform whole nations to small, equitable initiatives to sustain and grow creative communities.

What opportunities does this vast ecosystem offer for creative research and innovative creative business collaborations? Where are UK creatives driving change and where do international actors have new policies and methodologies we need to understand?

Join us at BEYOND 2023 to expand your creative horizons and networks

Professor Andrew Chitty

Chair, BEYOND 2023

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 and 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

BLOG

BLOG

Will Paris 2024 be the most creative olympic games ever?

Will Paris 2024 be the most creative olympic games ever?

BY PROFESSOR ANDY MIAH, CHAIR OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS AND FUTURE MEDIA AT UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD.   This week, I head to Paris for the Olympic Games, continuing a 25 year research journey into examining creative innovation at the world’s biggest event.  ...

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BEYOND 2022

BEYOND 2022

Cardiff, October 2022

BEYOND 2022 headed to Cardiff, taking place right in the heart of the Welsh capital. Delegates enjoyed showcases, dinners and networking at the iconic Cardiff City Hall and National Museum Cardiff over a 3-day programme.

It was a pleasure to welcome BAFTA-nominated Jason Mohammad as the conference MC. He was joined by a speaker line up featuring Sophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner for Wales), actor Michael Sheen and futurist world-builder Alex McDowell addressing questions crucial to our future creative industries, with themes focused on understanding what part the creative industries should play in designing a zero-carbon future.

Creative Industry

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