Is a cultural strategy crucial to economic success? And what is the landscape for the arts and creative industries in Wales in the light of this month's elections?
The Creative Industries Federation - the membership body for all the UK's arts, creative industries and cultural education - is set to host its first major event in Wales to discuss these and other crucial questions for this fast-growing sector.
Phil George, the new chair of Arts Council of Wales, will make the keynote address at the debate on May 25, which is being held at Cardiff School of Art and Design in partnership with Barclays. George is the founder of the Cardiff-based TV production company Green Bay Media and founding chair of National Theatre Wales.
Other panellists will then take part in what we hope will be an evening of topical discussion, feeding back into the policy and advocacy work of the Federation.
John Kampfner, chief executive of the Federation, said: "We see good creative education as the foundation of the success and future growth of the UK's world-beating arts and creative industries so are delighted to be hosting this event with our member, the Cardiff School of Art and Design.
"We look forward to developing our unique network in Wales and learning more about the challenges and opportunities for Welsh arts organisations and creative companies. It is crucial to the advocacy, policy and research work of the Creative Industries Federation to have the perspective of members from across the whole of the United Kingdom."
Phil George, chair of Arts Council of Wales, said: "It's impossible to imagine a Wales without her singers, poets, authors and artists - a Wales without arts and culture.
"The arts create and sustain jobs, bring people together and improve our wellbeing and quality of life. Record numbers are enjoying and taking part in creative activities and the opportunities for exciting collaborations between arts practitioners, the creative industries and higher education are opening up new potential in the Welsh economy."
Professor Olwen Moseley, Dean of Cardiff School of Art and Design, said: "As a school we pride ourselves on our links with industry and very much look forward to this event strengthening them further. Working within the creative sector enriches our curriculum, ensuring that our students receive not only a strong grounding in their academic disciplines but also insights into the demands of industry.
"The most valuable skills they learn are the need to be agile, to be prepared for change, and how to thrive and adapt in an exciting but unknowable future – they are the next generation of creative leaders."
As the Federation's first major event in Wales, it will be complimentary and open to prospective members from across the arts, creative industries and cultural education as well as members.
Attendees will have the opportunity to view Cardiff School of Art and Design's 2016 Degree show both before and after the event. There will also be an opportunity to network after the debate over drinks.
Barclays - which has a 30-year track record of working with the media sector in areas including advertising, publishing, music, TV, broadcast and film - will run a financing options workshop from 5pm to 6pm, explaining how it can support your financing needs and addressing issues and areas including cashflow lending, TV/film production and high growth (venture) debt.
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Venue: Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB
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