Culture and Creativity: Forming Lasting Connections – Innovation Network South Yorkshire event – Thursday 09 November 2023

The Innovation Network South Yorkshire is heading to the National Videogame Museum as we present ‘Culture and Creativity: Forming Lasting Connections’. This event will bring together leading organisations and academics from the region’s cultural and creative industries.

Culture and creativity are at the heart of a strong, vibrant and inclusive region. An important factor in the development of the city’s footfall and the local regional economy is the connections that Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield have with its creative and cultural community. Together, they deliver and contribute to a number of festivals adding to the region’s vibrancy including Off the Shelf Festival of Words, The Festival of Social Sciences, Festival of the Mind and Being Human Festival.

Join us on the 9th November as we host a variety of engaging discussions and network over a winter warmer pie. Enjoy free rein of the museum as you challenge your new connections to a game of Pac-Man or Dance Stage Fusion!

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  • Professor Vanessa Toulmin – Director of City, Culture and Public Engagement, University of Sheffield
  • Professor David Cotterrell – Director of Culture & Creativity Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Anna Santomauro – Curator, Arts Catalyst & Senior Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Emily Pieters – Director, Harmony Works
  • Surriya Falconer – Chair, Sheffield Culture Collective
  • Emma Cooper – Knowledge Transfer Manager for Creative Industries, KTN

Innovation Network South Yorkshire, formerly the MD Club, is a partnership between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University to support regional growth.

The Innovation Network provides an opportunity for attendees to hear about the latest topics, challenges and priorities for South Yorkshire, from experts in South Yorkshire. Our team sits across both Sheffield Universities and works with the regional Chambers of Commerce and key partners in the business, public and third sectors to create a mutually beneficial network. We connect people to share knowledge and help our region grow in ways that are good for the economy, the environment, culture, and skills.

For more information please visit the Innovation Network South Yorkshire website.