In partnership with Wakefield Council, Creative England are delivering Advance, an exciting programme of business support for the creative and digital sector in Wakefield and beyond.
Since launching in September 2020, Advance has been working with a variety of creatives in the region to strengthen and grow their businesses, with a bespoke mentoring programme that offers one to one access to industry experts.
Advance is also working to bring national and international opportunities to Wakefield’s creative and digital sector and Wakefield-based games developers will be eligible to receive a free ticket to GI Live: Online.
Creative England’s Advance programme has sponsored the brand new indie developer event from the teams behind GamesIndustry.biz and EGX Rezzed.
GI Live: Online will feature a series of talks, roundtables and special guests, alongside one to one investor and publisher meetings.
This year’s event will bring together high-profile games industry speakers, investors and developers alike affording delegates the opportunity to increase their profile to an international audience.
2021 big name guests include: Microsoft’s Helen Chiang (Minecraft), Velan Studios’ Guha Bala (Mario Kart) and IO Interactive’s Hakan Abrak (Hitman), plus sessions with Kickstarter, Xbox, London Venture Partners and much, much more.
Stephanie Clark, Senior Programmes and Engagement Manager at Creative England, said: “Wakefield’s creative sector continues to grow and impress, and we are excited to bring yet another opportunity to the region. We’re seeing growing interest from Wakefield’s creatives in the Advance programme, and we’re busy planning more exciting opportunities for other creative sectors such as film, TV, theatre and visual arts, so watch this space.’’
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Developing creative and digital skills is an important part of our Cultural Development Fund programme, which is working to grow our creative and digital sector and make sure local people can access quality employment opportunities.
We have amazing talent across Wakefield and I hope this event will be a huge success for all involved.”
Advance is run by Creative England in partnership with Wakefield Council. The programme is funded by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund grant, which is administered by Arts Council England.
Wakefield based games developers can apply for their free ticket to GI Live: Online by submitting an enquiry on the Advance page of the Creative Wakefield website.