Preparations are in top gear for the first edition of the British Council’s Creative Industry Expo which would be holding from 4 – 7 December 2011. The Council has confirmed the attendance of leading professionals who will converge at Eko Hotel and Suites to take part in the three day event. The fair intends to deepen the exchange of knowledge between creative businesses in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
“This is an opportunity for awareness, growth, development, trade and industry. We have refreshed our programmes targeted at the creative sector and this is the major beginning of a range of projects.” said Olamipo Bello, Project Manager at the Council.
The first day of the event will have in attendance several dignitaries such as Chief Edem Duke; Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Ian Livingstone; Life President, Eidos UK, who will both be delivering keynote speeches.
The event features a discussion panel which focuses on experiences in developing creative industries for social and economic growth, what kinds of relationships can be forged between public agencies and the creative economy, what kinds of policy and regulatory models are suited to generate jobs, wealth and cultural engagement and how creative practitioners, Industry reps and associations influence this agenda.
Members of the panel include professionals such Joke Silva; Director, Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, Remi Ogunpitan; Managing Director, Integrated Broadcast Services and Technologies, Ituen Basi; Award winning Fashion Designer, Omoyeni Akerele; CEO Style House Files, Efere Ozako; CEO, Efere Ozako & Associates Initiative, Greg Odutayo; President, National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, martin Smith; Special Adviser, Ingenious Media, UK, Margaret Bolton; Consultant, UK Third Sector Policy. Moderators for the event are Ben Tomoloju; Cultural Activist and first Arts Editor for The Guardian Newspaper and Seke Somolu; Writer/Film maker.
Other Activities lined up for the day includes Creative Business product and service trade exhibition and a Web Clinic powered by Google.
Day two and three of the event will be divided into two strand options available for various interest areas which are; The Creative Entrepreneur and Blended Solutions: Public and Private Sector Development Models for the Creative Industries. It also features professional clinics in Advertising, Architecture, Visual Arts and Photography and a film Showcase.
Also speaking are John Asein; Director, Nigerian Copyright Commission, Ayo Ayeni; Intellectual Property Lawyer/Consultant, Kaine Agary; Editor, D Talk Shop, Tom Broughton; Digital Media Strategist, UK, Barbel Mauch and Thomas Tielsch, both Independent Producers and Representatives of Documentary Association, Germany, Seyi Taylor; CEO, Noah69 Company, Eloi Bela Ndzana; Independent film producer, Cameroon, Juliet Ehimuan; Country Manager, Google Nigeria.
Speaking on mapping the creative industries as well as identifying and developing appropriate lending interventions include; Evelyn Oputu; MD, Bank of Industry, Roberts U. Orya; MD, Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM), Busola Holloway; President, Independent TV Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN), Bond Emerua; President, Coalition of Nollywood Guilds and Association (CONGA), Bolanle Austin Peters; CEO, TerraKulture, Dr. Will Rea; Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications, University of Leeds, UK.
Short presentations on core issues would be featured which include; Mapping out Nigeria’s Creative Economy by Professor Emmanuel Dandaura, National President, Society of Nigerian Theatre Artistes and Opportunities and Challenges of the Nigerian Creative Entrepreneur by Mo Abudu, CEO, Inspire Africa.
Makin Soyinka, Director, Lagos Film Office, Chude Jideonwo; Managing Partner, Red Media Group, Emem Ema; CEO, Vzhunmedia Limited and Gbenga Sesan; CEO, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, would act as moderators for the event.
The closing keynote would be done by Senator Liyel Imoke; Governor, CrossRiver State.
The British Council Creative Fair is one of several activities and events used by the council to enhance cultural integration between Nigeria and UK as well as promote the growth of local cultural heritage, industries and Nigeria’s local talent. This is the first edition of the Creative fair and is structured to be an annual event.