Fora - Borough
The UK’s creative clusters are booming, becoming both economically and socially important destinations but what’s your role in their growth?
Culture and creativity is in the DNA of the neighbourhood. In recent years Bankside has evolved to become one of London’s leading creative clusters. A growing number of creative industries and cultural organisations are choosing to relocate here, joining cultural institutions and global brands such as Tate Modern and Omnicom.
Bankside is a district that has experienced constant reinvention. For centuries it has given a welcome to those with a rebellious and independent spirit. The area’s location outside the walls of the City made it a natural landing place for outsiders and free thinkers, and today it retains an ‘otherness’ that inspires creative thinking and curiosity.
At this debate, part of the London Design Festival programme, we'll explore the characteristics of a creative cluster and discuss if they are born or made.
Our panel to debate this features leaders from Bankside’s and London’s entrepreneurial, creative and cultural community who will raise the key questions facing business leaders, designers and place-makers who benefit from and invest in creative clusters.
The scene will be set by Donald Hyslop, Head of Regeneration and Community Partnerships at Tate Modern, and chair of Better Bankside, who will describe Bankside’s vision. Nick Finney, NB Studio’s Creative Director will talk about how the Bankside story has shaped the 'Independent state of Bankside' campaign.
Also on the panel will be Katrina Larkin, Co-founder and Head of Experience at Fora, Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE, Director of The Africa Centre, Jodie Eastwood, CEO of The Knowledge Quarter in King's Cross, and Graham Hitchen who established Creative London for the Mayor in 2004 and leads the Smaller Creative Cities programme, supported by the Creative Industries Council.
The event will be hosted by Fora on the top floor lounge. Fora is a flexible workspace provider, newly opened next to Borough station with an on-site restaurant, Borealis. Guests are invited to stay for a complimentary drinks reception following the debate.
Aug 23 2018