Creative Coalition Festival 2023 – Opening Gala

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Creative Coalition Festival 2023

Opening Gala


For the first time in Creative Coalition history, this year we launched the UK’s largest annual festival for the Creative Industries with a spectacular in-person opening gala.

On Tuesday 28 February 2023, creative leaders, trailblazing talent and political decision-makers came together at Southbank Centre, London, for an evening celebrating the UK’s world-leading Creative Industries. The evening stimulated new connections and conversations about the future of our sector.

Co-hosted by TikTok, the event’s speakers and performers included: model, actress and activist, Lily Cole; author and poet Hollie McNish, the 2022 BRIT Rising Star nominee, Lola Young, and Culture Secretary Rt Hon Lucy Frazer KC MP, who announced a £2.6 million investment to support the UK’s Creative Industries.

Thank you to everyone who joined us (Creative UK) for this evening of debate, inspiration, and insight. Enjoy the photos below.

If you are interested in attending future Creative UK events, find out more about our membership.