Recovery and growth of Warwickshire's creative sector explored at 'Spark' event - The Stratford Observer
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9th Aug, 2022

Recovery and growth of Warwickshire's creative sector explored at 'Spark' event

THE CREATIVE community is invited to come together for Warwick district’s second ‘Spark’ event.

Warwick District Council’s celebration of the region’s creative sector, is taking place online this week.

Anyone who is interested in promotion, recovery and growth of the sector in Warwick district, is encouraged to register for a free ticket to the event, by visiting the Spark 2021 webpage and following instructions to download the Whova app.

There is a full programme of events including sessions on how the creative sector is responding to the pandemic and Brexit, diversity in the district, freelancer support, retention of young talent, updates on Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Cultural programme.

WDC arts manager David Guilding said: “We are excited to host this unique event again following the success of Spark 2020. The programme, which has been developed in consultation with our creative community, promises to be hugely valuable to the area’s creative sector, particularly those hardest hit by the pandemic. The event aims to connect and reconnect delegates and celebrate and showcase just some of the incredible people, organisations, project and initiatives from across the area.”

WDC leader Andrew Day added: “This is a great opportunity for everyone with a passion for our amazing South Warwickshire creative community. If you’ve an interest in the arts, digital, design and performance then there’s something to excite you in Spark Ignite. Signing on for this pace-making event provides an invaluable opportunity to renew connections, rebuild business opportunities and ignite a bright year ahead.”

Speakers include from a range of companies in the district and the surrounding area, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum and many more.

This free event is over five days and include over 20 sessions, 57 speakers and 50 local artists exhibiting in the online gallery. The event will also be hosting 38 creative organisations showcasing their work in the virtual market place.

Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western will be speaking at 3pm on Friday (February 26) providing the summing up and closing remarks.

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