Creative Estuary — Developing the world’s most exciting creative cluster

How cultural co-location is shaping cultural regeneration in the Thames Estuary.

Date: Wednesday, 9th June 2021
Time: 9.30 AM

Creative Estuary are putting on an event with Movers & Shakers and we have assembled an influential and expert panel of leaders from the public and private sectors, chaired by Max Farrell, to explore this topic. We’ll hear how Creative Estuary is testing and demonstrating new practice in the role of cultural-led regeneration. As well as planning and placemaking through designing and planning for co-located cultural facilities and creative workspaces within planned civic infrastructure in different development scenarios.

As pilot projects of Creative Estuary, we’ll hear about the developments at Ebbsfleet Garden City and Purfleet and how cultural co-location is helping to shape their future. We’ll get an understanding of how cultural vision and economic vision are coming together in the form of cultural co-location and how the benefits of this are being articulated to business and community. We’ll also hear from the creative industry on the benefits and impact of working in a creative cluster and about the planned new film & TV studio in Dagenham and the role the creative cluster plays in its successful operation as well as wider placemaking in Dagenham. Also with us are representatives from the Thames Estuary Growth Board who will tell us how Creative Estuary is important to their wider ambitions for the area.

About Creative Estuary
From Southend to Margate, the Thames Estuary is a region of untold creative potential. Creative Estuary will be driving forward the evolution of this region, unlocking its potential as an international cultural hub and an inspirational place for a new generation of talent to thrive. Part of the Thames Estuary Production Corridor, the aim is to use culture as the catalyst for growth, making the region an attractive location for creative individuals and businesses to work, collaborate and grow. Creative Estuary is one of 5 projects supported by the Cultural Development Fund awarded £4.3m in 2019 by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Cultural Development Fund marks a new approach to cultural and creative investment, focusing on geographical location and the effect that strategic investment can have on economic growth and productivity.

Panel speakers are:

  • Max Farrell — LDN Collective & Creative Estuary Co-Location (Chair)
  • Ray Mia — Thames Estuary Growth Board & Music Producer
  • Lisa Dee — Head of Film, Barking & Dagenham
  • Laura Bailey — Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
  • Ken Dytor — Thames Estuary Growth Board & Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd
  • Sarah Dance — Chair Creative Estuary, Deputy Chair SELEP, Co-chair SECEN & TEPC

Date: Wednesday, 9th June 2021
Time: 9.30 AM

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