Spark Off One Another
Bit harsh we know, but some professions are a just more exciting than others. When faced with talking to, say, an accountant versus a 3D games developer, most of us would choose the latter.
But creative people love nothing more than to get together and feed off each other’s creative energy. Competition may make us faster but collaboration makes us better, and that’s why Liverpool has scores of networking events aimed squarely at creative types.
Here’s five of the best, we hope to see you there…
Schmooze is the Baltic Triangle/s new quarterly networking event, it joins up the dots and brings the creative community together. Liverpool’s creative and digital cluster is centred around Baltic Creative, Elevator and Camp and Furnace and the area has seen a rapid influx of startups, stayups and micro businesses.
Schmooze brings these businesses together to foster collaboration and become a catalyst for growth. To coincide with its fifth anniversary, Baltic Creative published an independent economic review, illustrating the contribution the development has made to the city region’s economy, ploughing more than £1.4million into Liverpool’s economy every year.
Two recent instalments of Schmooze (Schmooze #1 – Autumn on Access to Finance & Schmooze #2 Winter on Cultural Festivals) had more than 120 attendees ranging from various creative, digital and business backgrounds from various locations within Liverpool. Schmooze is based in the Baltic, for the Baltic community, but welcomes anyone interested in connecting.
For more on their upcoming events visit Schmooze’s Eventbrite page here.
COoL is the collective of more than 30 of the city’s most vibrant and diverse arts and cultural organisations. Contributing over £10 million to the local economy and employing upwards of 1000 people in full time, part time and freelance posts, COoL is at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural ecology.
Through programmes of art, theatre, dance, writing, craft, film and digital its member organisations engage with hundreds of thousands of local, national and international audience members, community groups, tourists, visitors, students and young people.
COoL organisations provide valuable training, mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities enabling access to professions in the creative industries and are responsible for much of the city’s year round programme of festivals and outdoor events, enhancing our quality of life and helping to place Liverpool at the forefront of visitor destinations.
Bev Ayre is COoL’s Development Manager, “Liverpool would be a very different place without the contribution of these amazing organisations to our cultural life, health and well being and economy. At times of austerity and cuts it is vital we all work together to publicise their great work and protect their future.”
Kin is home to established creative businesses and people who are just starting out. Covering sectors as diverse as design to data mining, games development to aerial photography, from music management to digital music publishing and distribution — kin offers a platform for all Liverpool creative businesses to connect and showcase their work. And more people are joining every week.
Managed by Invest Liverpool’s Cathy Skelly, Cathy also worked closely with Gavin Sherratt in devising the inaugural Creative Kitchen as part of IFB 2014 and this is going from strength to strength.
Sign up and find out more www.kin2kin.co.uk
Ignite Liverpool is a public speaking event with a difference. Speakers get to talk about whatever they are passionate about, as long as they can fit it into 5 minutes and 20 slides. The event is often entertaining and educational with speakers from all walks of life talking about all sorts of subjects.
The quarterly event is also an great opportunity to hang out with an eclectic group of people. There’s plenty of time before, during, and after the event to catch-up with old friends, or make some new ones.
Freelancing can be a lonely business. Sometimes it’s just easier to work in a room with other people, than on your own in your office or studio – that’s where Jelly Liverpool comes in. Jelly co-working events are like networking, but with the emphasis on the work. Once or twice a month, creative and digital freelancers come along to Jelly to get stuff done in the company of other people, with free wifi and coffee thrown in.
There’s two Jelly Liverpool events in April: Thursday 7th at Adagio Aparthotel in the old Lewis’s building, and Thursday 21st at Launch22 on Tithebarn Street. Visit jellyliverpool.com to register for free or follow @jellyliverpool for more information.