Sir Peter Bazalgette

Sir Peter Bazalgette

The first of the Creative Industries Federation’s UK public launch events will be staged at the Whitworth Gallery next Monday, April 27th. Further events are planned for Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle over the coming months.

The keynote speech at the launch will be delivered by Tom Bloxham, chairman of Urban Splash. Other speakers on the panel debate will include Sir Peter Bazalgette, chairman, Arts Council England; Lou Cordwell, CEO, Magnetic North; Malcolm Garrett, creative director, Images&Co; Helen Bullough, head of CBBC Productions and Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.

The panel will be chaired by John Kampfner, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation.

The Creative Industries Federation was conceived by Sir John Sorrell along with several other figures drawn from the cultural and creative industries of the UK. The objective of the body is to “try to find a way of giving the sector a stronger and more unified voice”.

Attendance at the event is free but you need to register by emailing

whitworthThe formal proceedings at the Whitworth commence at 6pm with the panel session debating ‘Manchester: Capital of the Creative Revolution?’ at 6.30.

Ahead of the launch there will be a one-hour presentation at 5pm from UKTI on the subject of ‘Going Global’, with UKTI regional director Clive Drinkwater offering an overview of UKTI support for companies in the creative industries who wish to explore overseas contracts. Part of this session will include two case studies from K7 Media and Nine Lives Media.

The event will wrap up with drinks at 7.30