Monday 21 November 2016

Cardiff University’s Creative Economy team is convening a symposium to examine the components of a creative city, in partnership with British Council Wales.

Cardiff: Creative Capital is in response to a growing awareness of the importance of the creative economy, not only in its contribution to people’s quality of life but as a distinctive segment of the economy in its own right.

The event will draw on insights from the first year of the Creative Cardiff Network - a project which sets out to confirm Cardiff as a creative city, with a significant cultural sector that is not only part of the fabric of life in the city but a cornerstone of its economy.

Supported by British Council Wales, the day will also include themes and trends emerging from wider research and the perspectives of leading thinkers on the creative economy.

The keynote will be delivered by leading economist in this field, and Director of Creative Economy in Policy and Research at Nesta, Hasan Bakhshi.

Chair of Digital Economy at Cardiff University, Professor Ian Hargreaves, will host the symposium. He said: “Cardiff is promoted as a top city for liveability. That's right, but we want to add that a liveable city is a creative city. 

“Creative Cardiff's work is about helping to grow momentum in the city region's creative economy, which will play an ever more important part in providing jobs, prosperity and a richer way of life. 

“This event is designed to develop Cardiff's conversation with other creative cities and to explore the creative sector's needs, in areas such as digital infrastructure and education.”

Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts at British Council Wales, said: “The Creative Cardiff Network research undertaken by Cardiff University is key to deepening our understanding of Cardiff’s fertile creative economy and will provide solid empirical evidence of the cities status as one of the UK’s core creative hubs. The symposium offers us a chance to share this research with a wide audience; to invigorate, inspire and educate.

 “Creativity, whether it comes from the grassroots, independent organisations or established formal industries, runs through the lifeblood of Wales. Cardiff, as the capital city, is in many ways the epicentre of this. Supporting Cardiff’s creative network is important not just from an economic point of view but also from a social perspective.”

A key aim of the Creative Economy project and the allied Creative Cardiff Network is to gain a better understanding of Cardiff’s creative economy. Over the last year, as there is little current data on the shape, character and breadth of the creative economy in Cardiff, mapping research has been carried out to identify those people, organisations and businesses working in the creative industries.  

The subsequent report, Mapping Cardiff’s Creative Economy, will be disseminated at Cardiff: Creative Capital symposium by Professor Justin Lewis of Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Cardiff: Creative Capital will take place on Thursday, 8 December from 9.30am until 4pm in Cardiff University’s Hadyn Ellis Building. To secure a free place, register on Eventbrite

Notes to Editor

For further information or interviews, contact:

  • Kayleigh McLeod. Creative Economy, Cardiff University 
    Tel: 02920 876188 Email: 
  • Victoria Dando. Communications and Marketing, Cardiff University
    Tel: 02920 879074 Email:  

Creative Cardiff
is a network which connects people working in any creative organisation, business or job in the Cardiff region. By encouraging people to work together we believe that we can make Cardiff the most creative place it can be. Creative Cardiff is supported by Cardiff University’s Creative Economy team in partnership with founder members Wales Millennium Centre, BBC Cymru Wales and Cardiff Council. 

Creative Cardiff is supported by Cardiff University’s Creative Economy team in partnership with founder members Wales Millennium Centre, BBC Cymru Wales and Cardiff Council. 

About Creative Cardiff 

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked the University 5th in the UK for research excellence. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University Chancellor Professor Sir Martin Evans.  Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise encompasses: the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences; and the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, along with a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff’s flagship Research Institutes are offering radical new approaches to pressing global problems. 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.