CREATIVE CITIES: NURTURING CREATIVE COMMUNITIES
The globally renowned REMIX arrives on the Sunshine Coast for the first time in September. The REMIX Summits series take place annually in London, Sydney, New York, Los Angeles, Dubai and Sydney and explore the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship. They have previously been held at venues including MoMA and the British Museum. They bring together thought-leaders from across different industries from Michael Bloomberg to NASA in order to tackle the big ideas shaping the future of the creative industries and the creative economy. REMIX Summits are made possible through partnerships including The Guardian, Google and Bloomberg.
This special REMIX Academy summit has been developed to explore the ingredients needed to nurture creative cities and communities. Cities around the globe are striving to create innovation districts but how do we move beyond the cookie cutter approach where they seek to replicate the 'Silicon Valley model' towards building a more complex creative ecology with arts and culture embedded at their core; a formula which is driving the growth of the creative industries and the tech sectors of cities such as Berlin, London and New York which now have not only some of the most successful digital economies but have recognized that these co-exist with and benefit from nurturing other types of creative enterprise that make them the locations of choice for tech entrepreneurs.
Speakers include Andrew Kalish, Director of Cultural Development at Downtown Brooklyn Partnership recently named one of the 100 most influential people in the Brooklyn culture scene alongside figures such as film Director Spike Lee. Andrew is a key player in the development of the Brooklyn Cultural District, one of the world’s leading urban creative hubs and will share the secrets behind this success.
Hannah Barry, one of the UK’s leading creative innovators travels to Australia to tell the story behind the incredible Bold Tendencies which transformed a disused multi-storey car park in Peckham into a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery and dynamic urban social space responsible for turning the area as one of London's leading creative locations which Vogue have described as the “capital's cultural epicentre.” Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate added “There are few initiatives taking place anywhere in the UK that match the verve with which the Bold Tendencies Team have taken advantage of the opportunity offered by Southwark for the imaginative use of derelict space”
Jonathan Robinson, Co-Founder and Director of Impact Hubs also travels from the UK to join the conversation. Arguably the most successful co-working movement globally, Impact Hubs provide physical spaces in over 80 global cities to over 15,000 members offering access to events, knowledge, investment and tools to help start and grow social enterprises.
The event also features a number of creative leaders changing the face of Australia.
Alan Crabbe, co-founder of Pozible, a crowd funding platform which enables great ideas to happen by empowering creators and connecting communities; Damian Borchok former CEO of Interbrand Australia and co-founder of For The People, who work with entrepreneurial leaders to envision, articulate and launch new businesses and also help remake existing organisations for the digital age; and Michelle Tabet, an urban strategist who is the co-curator of this year’s Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and founder of Left Bank.
Peter Tullin, co-founder of REMIX Summits said: “With the unique model of REMIX, new ideas emerge and collaborations develop aided by the juxtaposition of visionaries from different worlds – real disruption occurs when you have senior innovators from the likes of NASA, Cirque du Soleil, Spotify and MoMA in the same room. This is ‘Remixing’ and it’s creating a whole new approach to innovation in the creative economy; the fastest growing industry sector around the globe.”
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said: “Hosting a REMIX Summit here on the Sunshine Coast sits perfectly with the position we are seeking for the Sunshine Coast as one of Australia’s truly smart cities – the home of innovation, entrepreneurialism and creativity. REMIX explores the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship – three key ingredients of the ecosystem that is alive and flourishing here on the Sunshine Coast. There is no better place in Australia to host this event and I look forward to welcoming our international and local speakers and summit delegates.”
Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance President Phil Smith said: “Creative excellence and great art is usually attributed to the talent and training of individuals. We tend to celebrate successful artists as ‘lone wolves’ and reward them for their gifts. But even a cursory study of history shows that great art and high culture is always a product of an engaged society and the creative culture of cities”. Mr Smith says "Without organised and productive urban places we will not get the powerful economic uplift that comes from a thriving, creative economy.”