Connect! was a forum on the value of networks, held by the British Council and the Creative Europe desk.
Brexit clearly featured large, particularly as whatever deal (or lack thereof) occurs is likely to change how we work with Creative Europe after March next year. But the tone in the room was of determination to keep collaborating and networking and finding ways to keep connections going whatever the post-Brexit landscape brings.
Speakers included Creative Diversity Network, Doc Society, PRS, DCMS, IETM and AMA’s own Amy Firth was there to chair a panel with Neil Butler of AZ Arts, John Peto of The Nerve Centre, and Tania Santos from CRU Cowork on ‘Setting up Networks’ (pictured below, L-R).
The DCMS speaker, Victoria MacCallum, did a great job with a very difficult brief — updating on Brexit. While there was nothing too much to add to the general uncertainty, she did announce that there will be a Future Framework out in October that sets out what they hope to get for the cultural sector, so watch out for that. Government will be underwriting all EU funds awarded before March next year, but can give no guarantees beyond that at this stage.
There were some inspirational talks from Dawn Walton of Eclipse Theatres, sharing the success of their Black Men Walking project, and Deborah Williams of Creative Diversity Network. Deborah also spoke at AMA’s Conference recently.
Connect! followed on from last year’s event, Collaborate!, and we look forward – with bated breath – to see what 2019 will bring.