Happy birthday Creative Cardiff!

Creative Cardiff is marking its first year of connecting and celebrating the creative community throughout the city. Hooray!

Earlier this year, we worked with Creative Cardiff and I Loves The Diff to put together a Guide to Creative Cardiff (which you should definitely go and check out, it is D O P E).

Cardiff Bay harbour view

The membership network connects people working in any creative organisation, business or job across Cardiff and the city region and by encouraging people to work together, aspires to make Cardiff a capital of creativity. There’s a great selection of job opportunities for the creative sectors  on there.

Over the last 12 months, hundreds of creatives have joined the network and worked with Creative Cardiff to produce a programme of #52Things – features which enthuse, inspire, inform and engage. Resulting events and activities have enabled members to connect, discover new ideas, build their audience and promote their work as well as find new opportunities.

Working with founding members Wales Millennium Centre, BBC Cymru Wales and Cardiff Council and with the support of the Creative Economy team at Cardiff University, Creative Cardiff aims to amplify the creative economy community and encourage research and innovation.

Chair of Digital Economy at Cardiff University, Professor Ian Hargreaves said: “In its first year, Creative Cardiff has validated all four of our initial goals.

“We set out to increase quality and momentum between creative economy people in the Cardiff city region. The proof of that is in our growth in membership and on social media, but also in countless personal stories of individuals and organisations who tell us how they have found their way round Cardiff’s creative economy by chancing upon Creative Cardiff, online or in some other way.

“We’ve also continued to build out our research network, collaborating with partners like SŵnFestival.

“In our third objective, we set out to explore the case for investment in a creative hub in Cardiff and what we’ve found is that whilst we have been asking for feedback and conducting pilots, a small wave of hubs has simply emerged. Now we are concentrating on helping them to connect.

“Our fourth objective is to find a way of helping Cardiff to articulate a compelling vision for its creative ambition. Any one of the tens of thousands of people who gathered for the City of the Unexpected Roald Dahl Festival will have sensed the scale of ambition and energy that’s out there. We hope to have new ideas to announce shortly about further steps towards this objective.”

To become a member of Creative Cardiff, visit www.creativecardiff.org.uk/join.

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