Creative Careers Festival

Author: Andy Hartwell


Creative Careers Festival organised by Bright Space was a two-day event for 13 – 18 year olds. The creative and cultural sectors offer a multitude of opportunities for interesting careers, although there seems to be a lack of information and guidance out there, therefore these pathways become unclear. The aim of this was to highlight careers in the creative industries offering workshops, demonstrations, seminars and networking opportunities.

We were approached to work with Bright Space to create an identity that would engage with young people and we produced a brand, website, flyers, banners and a 54 page event brochure. The event took place at the Mac, Birmingham last Friday and Saturday and attracted over 1000 attendees. Some involved organisations included MADE, Rare (Microsoft), 4Talent, The Rep, THSH, Fused Magazine and Substrakt.

On the Friday afternoon I was sat on the Young Creatives Panel in the Hexagon Theatre alongside Emily Jones (Town Hall Symphony Hall), Annabel Clark (Blogger / Flatpack Festival), Courtney Salmon (Music video producer) and Matt Windle (Poet). The aim was to give young people a chance to talk to those who are already working in the creative industries but close to their age group. The panel lasted an hour and we were asked questions about our experience, routes and aspirations for the future. Tips and advice, that as professionals we can often take for granted. Very informal, we shared answers and openly discussed opinions based on our individual experience and journeys. Coming from all different backgrounds it was a great insight to hear about all the amazing stuff happening in Birmingham and it reinforced how important it is for us all to work together and collaborate as young creatives.